Bears receiver Earl Bennett (ankle) sat out practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) also could return after missing four games.

Bears receiver Earl Bennett (ankle) sat out practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) also could return after missing four games.

The Jets, meanwhile, had six players miss practice for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, including former Pro Bowlers LaDainian Tomlinson, Santana Moss and Damien Woody. Also, quarterback Mark Sanchez and All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis were limited in practice.

“To have pretty much your full team at this point without major injuries is hard to do,” quarterback Jay Cutler said.

Backup linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has been Chicago’s only major injury all season.

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz knocked on wood on his lectern when asked about Chicago’s clean bill of health.

“Don’t jinx us now,” Martz said. “That gives us a great leg up on everybody else.”

Hester earns 9th honor

Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the ninth time after he broke the NFL record with his 14th career return touchdown against Minnesota. He also had a 79-yard kickoff return to set up a field goal.

“We have the best returner of all time,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

Hester is averaging a career-high 16.4 yards on punt returns; he averaged 12.8 and 15.5 his first two years in the league when he made All-Pro both times. He has three TDs, all on punt returns.

He had five return TDs as a rookie, plus another one in the Super Bowl and a missed field goal return for a touchdown. He had six combined punt and kickoff returns for a touchdown his second season, which he says is his best so far.

Hester credits this year’s success to being familiar now at receiver and not having to learn a new position.

“This year, I’m free-minded,” Hester said. “I don’t have nothing to worry about.”

Coach Rex Ryan said the Jets won’t kick to Hester. “I don’t think you can deal with him. As a returner, it’s ridiculous,” Ryan said.

Short, sweet celebration

Lovie Smith said the Bears celebrated after winning their first NFC North title in four years Monday.

“It’s one of our goals. When you accomplish that, you have to acknowledge that,” Smith said. “We have. You forget a little bit what it feels like when it has been that long, but it comes back to you, like riding a bike, fairly quick.”

Smith said he particularly enjoyed seeing owner Virginia McCaskey wearing an NFC North champions hat. His own celebration was more subdued.

“Just a smile here or there,” the low-key Smith said.

Rockford (Ill.) Register Star assistant sports editor Matt Trowbridge can be reached at: 815-987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.