A day after defensive tackle Henry Melton was running as part of his recovery from a concussion wide receiver Earl Bennett did the same.

During the portion of practice open to the media on Tuesday Bennett was jogging and stretching with his teammates. Coach Marc Trestman said it was the first time he ran.

Bennett hasn’t practiced since leaving practice on Aug. 3 with concussion-like symptoms. But progress is being made as he goes through league protocols for concussions. Melton also ran again.

“Definitely Earl is a big miss for us” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “Anytime you lose someone of that caliber and he’s not able to practice it hurts him and it hurts the family. We’re hoping he can come back. All we can do is wait.”

Quarterback Jay Cutler definitely misses having Bennett as an option.

“I think there’s that consistency at the slot position and being able to bump him outside” Cutler said. “Earl’s a guy that can play all three of them. He keeps everyone at ease in the huddle because he knows exactly what to do. If anybody on the outside isn’t sure Earl can get him lined up and get him going.

“Hopefully we get him back soon. Concussions get a little scary. There’s a lot of attention on those. We’ve just got to take it day by day. When he comes back he’ll be an immediate play-maker for us.”