The Bears reportedly have discussed trading wide receiver Earl Bennett though it's a long shot before the season as he has yet to return from a concussion suffered Aug. 2.

Bennett 26 has been sidelined nearly four weeks since a big collision in training camp left him with his second concussion since December.

Bennett did some running before Wednesday's practice at Halas Hall and played catch with an athletic trainer but he will miss the entire preseason. It's unknown if he will be cleared for a full return before the opener Sept. 8 against the Bengals at Soldier Field.

ESPN reported the team has considered trying to deal Bennett. Final cuts to the 53-man roster are due by 5 p.m. Saturday and the Bears may begin the process Friday after Thursday's exhibition finale against the visiting Browns. Bennett missed two games in December after suffering a concussion against the Seahawks.

"He's day-to-day" coach Marc Trestman said. "He has been released to work and begin his re-conditioning process. That's a good sign."

Bennett's base salary for this season is $2.25 million and $1.5 million of that is guaranteed but against injury only. So when Bennett is cleared fully to return from his concussion the Bears could make a roster move and not be on the hook for the "guarantee." Bennett was signed to a $16.2 million four-year extension in December 2011 and received a $6 million signing bonus that was applied to that season's salary cap. His contract is relatively flat now climbing to $2.35 million in 2014. It's $2 million in 2015 when he has a $500000 roster bonus.

Bennett's most productive season was 2009 when he caught 54 passes for 717 yards and two touchdowns. He had 29 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns last season.

The Bears have been praising Marquess Wilson the seventh-round pick from Washington State and also have Joe Anderson Eric Weems and Terrence Toliver as reserves behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Oh Henry: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton participated in some drills Wednesday and the hope is he will be fully cleared to return from his concussion Monday or Wednesday at the latest. He was injured Aug. 9 at Carolina.

"He's still getting himself back into shape" Trestman said. "We have some time. All indications are he's progressing (to be cleared soon)."