''I was really banged up this year," Bears WR Devin Hester said.
That he injured his ankle and calf were well-documented during the season, the latter one sidelining him for three of the season's last four games. But Hester said his left shoulder was also ailing throughout the regular season.
''You're timid and weak on that side,'' Hester said of his shoulder injury, which he said he suffered in a 27-17 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos on Aug. 30. ''I really couldn't use my left shoulder, really.''
The injury slowed him but didn't sideline him, and he persevered because he prides himself on playing through pain.
''If I'm hurt, and I can at least go 75 or 80 percent, then I'm going to try to do it,'' said Hester, who missed only one game in his first three seasons. ''I want to fight through it.''