Bear Essentials

Bear Essentials

No surprises among today's inactives

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 11:50
For the fourth straight game, running back Kevin Jones will sit, along with fullback Jason McKie, who is out for the second straight week with a quad injury. Guard Terrence Metcalf is inactive for the second week in a row after returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Defensive linemen Dusty Dvoracek (biceps), Matt Toeaina and Ervin Baldwin are also inactive, along with wide receiver Brandon Rideau. Caleb Hanie is the third quarterback. Anthony Adams, who was questionable with a foot injury and only practiced on Friday, will start at nose tackle for Dvoracek, who is out for the remainder of the season. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who was also questionable with a sprained shoulder, will start.

POWER RANKINGS: WHO NEEDS PLAXICO?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 12/02/2008 - 03:53
1. New York Giants (11-1): This is supposed to be a tough schedule, but they've won 7 straight, the last 6 against teams with winning records. Their final 4 opponents are all over .500, too. Last week: 1. 2. Tennessee Titans (11-1): Bounced back big time from only loss by doing what every team does, beating up on the Lions. Have held 4 of last 5 opponents under 17 points. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3): Destroyed Patriots on the road and have held last 3 opponents to exactly 10 points. Killer schedule continues with 8-4 Cowboys at home followed by road tests against 8-4 Ravens and 11-1 Titans. Last week: 3.

No go for McKie

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 19:13
Fullback Jason McKie is inactive after suffering a quadriceps injury during Friday's practice, and he will be replaced by former Illini Jason Davis, who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. The Bears other inactives are running back Kevin Jones, guard Terrence Metcalf, defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, wide receivers Marty Booker (knee) and Brandon Rideau and defensive end Ervin Baldwin. Corey Graham will start at cornerback in place of Nate Vasher, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a fractured hand.

Power rankings: Giants are the new sheriff in town

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 03:31
1. New York Giants (10-1): In six-game win streak they've scored 30 points or more in last four. Next 3 games are vs. NFC East foes, and final 5 are all against teams .500 or better. Last week: 2. 2. Tennessee Titans (10-1): Got dominated by Jets but should rebound from first defeat with Thanksgiving Day trip to Motown followed by dates with Browns and Texans. Last week: 1. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3): They've won 4 of last 6 and in each victory the NFL's stingiest defense has held its opponent to 10 points or less. Face Patriots on the road this week with 3 extra days' rest. Last week: 3. 4. New York Jets (8-3): Seventh win in last 8 games was easily the most impressive, as they whipped previously unbeaten Titans to hold on to top spot in AFC East. Last week: 14.

Rideau, Adams will face Rams

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 12:12
Wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, will be active today against the Rams, as will defensive tackle Anthony Adams, who has been inactive the past three weeks and for seven of the previous 10 games this season. The Bears' inactives today are wide receivers wide receivers Marty Booker, who missed practice all week with a knee injury, and rookie Earl Bennett; running back Kevin Jones; defensive tackle Matt Toeaina; defensive end Ervin Baldwin; linebacker Darrell McClover, who has a hamstring injury; and cornerback Marcus Hamilton. Caleb Hanie is the third quarterback.

Week 12 power rankings: Titans hold off Giants

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 03:25
1. Tennessee Titans (10-0): They were on the ropes vs. Jags, trailing 14-3 in third quarter, until ex-Bear WR Justin Gage hauled in 2 long TD passes to run regular-season win streak to 13. Last week: 1. 2. New York Giants (9-1): Tough not to move them to No. 1 after 5 straight wins, including each of the last 4 against teams with winning records. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3): Statistically dominated Chargers but barely escaped with 11-10 victory, the first such score in NFL history. Last week: 3. 4. Carolina Panthers (8-2): Overcame early 10-0 deficit against 0-10 Lions to run home record to 6-0. Despite letdown still boast stingiest defense in NFC. Last week: 7.

Orton will start

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 11:57
Quarterback Kyle Orton will start today against the Packers. Orton missed last week's game with a sprained ankle and was limited in the week leading up to today's game, but he was deemed healthy enough to start, reclaiming the job from Rex Grossman, who struggled in the 21-14 loss to the Titans. Bears inactive today are cornerback Marcus Hamilton, running back Kevin Jones, offensive tackle Fred Miller, defensive tackles Matt Toeaina and Anthony Adams, defensive end Ervin Baldwin and wide receiver Earl Bennett. Caleb Hanie is the third quarterback. Hunter Hillenmeyer is back after missing two games with a thumb injury, but Nick Roach will start ahead of him at strong-side linebacker.

Tommie Harris unplugged

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 19:17
With Bears wacky defensive tackle Tommie Harris, it's often difficult to tell where he's coming from or where he's going. Thursday afternoon's open locker room session was a perfect example. It all began innocently enough with a discussion of the differences in the Packers' offense with Aaron Rodgers replacing the legendary Brett Favre who, by the way, tossed 13 interceptions and just 2 TD passes in his last six games against the Bears. But that's not important now. What's important is that Harris had an ax to grind with a column written earlier in the week (not in the Herald, of course.)

Week 11 power rankings: Titans still on top

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 02:45
1. Tennessee Titans (9-0): They didn't look unbeatable against the Bears, but they found a new way to win, by throwing the ball, which is becoming a familiar way of beating the Bears. Last week: 1. 2. New York Giants (8-1): A deep and talented offense, including 3 RBs who average more than 5.0 yards per carry, has too much firepower for most foes. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2): Inconsistent and banged-up Roethlisberger has already thrown 11 interceptions, including 3 in last week's loss to improving Colts, and run game still misses injured “Fast” Willie Parker. Last week: 3.

Lloyd out again

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 12:05
Even though he was a full participant in practice during the week, Brandon Lloyd is inactive for the fifth straight game with a sprained knee. Counting the bye week, Lloyd has now been sidelined for six weeks with what is considered a minor injury. Lloyd was injured on Sept. 28, against the Eagles at Soldier Field, and at the time he led the Bears with 15 catches and 249 receiving yards. The Bears' other inactives are linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb), cornerback Marcus Hamilton, safety Terrence Holt, offensive tackle Fred Miller and defensive tackles Matt Toeaina and Anthony Adams. Kyle Orton (ankle) was the third quarterback but is not expected to play with Rex Grossman starting. Nick Roach will start in place of Hillenmeyer and Devin Hester again takes Lloyd's spot.