Injuries might not hurt so bad

Injuries might not hurt so bad

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 20:24
Euphoria over the 24-20 victory Sunday night was somewhat tempered on Monday by the injuries to leading receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (shoulder), in addition to questions about the health of defensive tackle Tommie Harris' left knee. “We’re evaluating them, hoping they’ll be ready to go this week and all of that,” coach Lovie Smith said unconvincingly late Monday afternoon. “Nathan Vasher also had a wrist/thumb injury. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go also.” Smith seemed confident that Tillman wouldn't be out long. “He hurt his shoulder last night,” Lovie said, “and luckily it wasn’t anything serious.” That doesn't mean Tillman might not miss Sunday's game in Detroit. Lloyd and Harris could also be unavailable, although Vasher came back and played at the end of the Eagles game, so he should be fine. If Tillman is out, Corey Graham, who replaced him Sunday night, will start, and he's playing well enough this season to already have taken some snaps away from Vasher. The Eagles tried to take advantage of Graham but were unsuccessful. Israel Idonije replaced Harris in Week Four and was more effective than Harris had been while playing with his injury. Because the Bears are so deep at tackle (Dusty Dvoracek, Anthony Adams, Marcus Harrison and Matt Toeaina, in addition to Idonije) the Bears don't lose anything by shutting Harris down until he can play at close to his Pro Bowl level, which he wasn't doing in the first three games. Of course Harris is still an impact player, but only if he's close to 100 percent. If Lloyd is out, that could be the loss that effects the Bears the most. With him, they had 161 passing yards in the first half. Without him in the second half, they had 17. But without Lloyd, other players might have an opportunity to step up. Lloyd's absence means Marty Booker would get a lot more playing time, and Lovie said the 10-year veteran played his best game of the season vs. the Eagles. The Bears would be forced to play Devin Hester extensively, as they did Sunday night, and that can only accelerate his learning curve at wide receiver. And the quicker Hester masters the nuances of the position, the more dangerous the Bears' passing game will become.
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