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Bears Hope To Be At Full Strength Against Minnesota, Team Getting Healthier At Right Time

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Injury Situation: LB’s Brendon Ayanbadejo (foot) and Lance Briggs (hamstring) joined the list of soldiers who didn’t practice Thursday. Wide receiver Bernard Berrian (toe) and left tackle John Tait (ankle) again were not on the field for practice, as they were replaced by Mark Bradley (1st catch of season for 16 yards last week) and John St. Clair, with the duo getting their reps, working with the No. 1 offense for the second straight day. The defense was missing tackle Tommie Harris (knee), although Harris (1 sack and many hurries) played against Green Bay and was given a day off for rest. Cornerback Nathan Vasher (groin) and defensive tackle Darwin Walker (knee) remained out. CB Charles Tillman and left guard Ruben Brown returned to practice at full strength after a day’s worth of rest.

What to Expect: CB Nate Vasher is a week closer to returning to the action on the field for the Chicago Bears defensive backfield, as he is very important in the secondary and pass coverage. S Brandon McGowan and Danieal Manning are being used to replace him and they need to get better production from the two on deep routes. OT John Tait is probably going to miss another game this week at home vs. Minnesota, but don’t count him out just yet as he is a tough, offensive lineman, filling his shoes at left tackle is a big void/role to occupy in the Bears blocking packages, as they rely on him heavily. As for WR Bernard Berrian, look for him to play at less than full strength at 80-85 %, with WR’s Mark Bradley (tall, speedy downfield target with elusiveness) and Rashied Davis (great slot and possession receiver with excellent hands and tremendous ability to get open with seperation, running smooth routes) taking care of the role as pass catchers for QB Brian Griese to go to, but don’t look at it as a major loss or downgrade in the pass department because the team goes to their TE’s a lot (Olsen and Clark), along with their RB’s out of the backfield, and with the Windy City Flyer #23 Devin Hester, as OC Ron Turner tries to implement and get him involved in the offensive gameplan more and more now, each week into the scheme of things. Berrian has been inconsistent and I’d like to see more of the offensive weapons from this team, starting first with Mark Bradley and Garrett Wolfe.


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