CHICAGO (CBS) — Several key Bears players are banged up after a pivotal victory over division rival Minnesota, but coach Lovie Smith hopes to have everybody back in the lineup soon.

Among the key injuries: Matt Forte (ankle), Devin Hester (concussion), and Charles Tillman (ankle). Both starting offensive guards–Lance Louis and Chris Spencer–were forced out with knee injuries.

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“It was a tough physical game,” Smith told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss on Monday. “It’s always about the next guys stepping up.

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“Hopefully we’ll get most of those guys back.”

The offensive line injuries forced the Bears to move Gabe Carimi to guard, and Smith was pleased with his effort.

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Despite the injuries, the Bears now sit alone in first place in the division.

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“We needed to come out and play that way after a disappointing loss [at San Francisco],” Smith said. “It’s where the Bears belong, but there is a lot of football left to go.”

Smith was also happy to have Jay Cutler back at quarterback.

“He just gave us a boost. It was a game where we were going to lean on the run. [The Bears ran the ball 39 times.]

“When we needed him to [throw the ball], we thought he was accurate for most of the day.”

As for the outlook against Seattle next Sunday?

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“We are in the home stretch now,” Smith said. “We just got to get a win. They are all tough from here on out.”