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Mike Brown’s Pain Still Felt: Saftey Position Receives More “PAYNE”

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Shuffling the Safety Rotation: Yet another season-ending injury that will haunt Chicago’s plagued defense once again, as the effect is well taken into consideration, as they pile up each week, making this season one to forget. The Bears officially put rookie safety Kevin Payne on injured reserve with a broken right arm. With Payne gone, safety Josh Gattis (5th round – Jacksonville) was elevated from the practice squad to fill Payne’s roster spot.

The Bears’ depleted secondary has taken more hits that it’s been able to dish out, costing them many points, so far this season, in what has been a nightmare for Bears fans, while this position has been a glaring weakness for opponents to target and take advantage of down the middle of the field. Look for more blitzing and adjustments to be made, to account for the losses, jumpstarting a struggling, tired, and worn out defense from a status of: dismal to effective. If the Bears want to win they need to go into attack mode and force more turnovers, on top of the sacks they’ve been recording. Look for them to take their chances and expect a more, ultra-aggressive defensive unit to take charge and act quickly, soon, before it’s too late. Expect a great test, as the added incentive of motivation builds up on the road this week against their rival Green Bay, giving them one more opportunity to turn around a 1-3 start to the season that was supposed to be another Super Bowl reaching yearm, making this game a battle that will be fought in the trenches with a vengenace, for a team that needs to play Angered & HUNGRY.

The fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana-Monroe recorded six tackles on defense and two on special teams in three games. With all four of the Bears’ starting defensive backs sidelined with injuries, Payne made his first NFL start against the Lions.

In four seasons at Wake Forest, Gattis recorded 12 interceptions while starting 33 of 48 games played. He earned All-ACC first-team honors and was an All-America honorable mention as a senior after recording five interceptions and 73 tackles.

With Gattis promoted, the Bears signed Leonard Peters to the practice squad, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Peters was a standout safety at Hawaii.

All four starters were missing in last week’s game at Detroit, though Charles Tillman is expected to make it back this week at Green Bay (Sunday Nite) versus the undefeated 4-0 Packers. Safety Adam Archuleta (hand) and cornerbacks Charles Tillman (ankle) and Nate Vasher (groin) all were injured in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Safety Mike Brown was lost for the season when he tore the ACL in his left knee in the Week 1 defeat to the San Diego Chargers.


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