Bears punter Pat O'Donnell misses practice with right knee injury

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Bears punter Pat O’Donnell. (AP)

Punter Pat O’Donnell didn’t practice Wednesday at Halas Hall because of a right knee injury, but special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers didn’t seem overly concerned.

O’Donnell’s injury is not believed to be a serious.

“It’s early,” Rodgers said. “We’ll see where Pat’s at at the end of the week.”

O’Donnell had a very busy day against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, punting 10 times for 477 yards. It included a 72-yarder. O’Donnell also saved a touchdown by helping tackle cornerback Richard Sherman on a trick play during a punt return.

If O’Donnell can’t go in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, a free agent will be signed.

“I certainly don’t expect Matt Slauson to punt for us,” Rodgers said. “There’s a couple available veteran guys if we need to get into that. You spend some time in the preseason evaluating some other guys, so that when you get into this situation, you have a short list, a ready list. ‘Hey, if something happens, here’s who we can use.’ If we had to do that, we could. We’ll see where Pat’s at come Sunday.”

More injury news

>> Defensive lineman Will Sutton practiced in limited fashion after leaving against the Seahawks with a biceps injury. Lineman Ego Ferguson (knee) also was limited.

>> Left tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion, shoulder) did not practice.

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