New look Benson feels faster

The idea promoted in some corners that Cedric Benson was woefully behind in rehabilitating his broken left leg/ankle was off. Considerably.

If running around in shorts and a helmet counts for much, and we know it doesnt, Benson looked pretty good Wednesday in the Bears practice at Halas Hall.

In fact, if Benson had not been wearing his No. 32 jersey, you might not have recognized him.

Ive lost about 10 pounds, he said. “Alternating my diet a little bit, and I feel great. That stuff really works.

Some complained Benson was out of shape last season, something he always refuted, but he looks to be a new man and was in good spirits following the two-hour practice.

I feel faster, stronger, clearer, healthier, he said. I feel great.

As for if it is a make or break summer and season for the fourth pick of the 2005 draft?

I dont know, he said. I havent really thought about that. But if it is, come on, make or break, Im sure Im going to make it happen.

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