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Bears Receive OL Help: Trade for Guard Buenning, Practice Squad For CB Bowman

Buenning for Griese: The Chicago Bears obtained a boost on the offensive line today, as they traded for Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Dan Buenning. Buenning, a ’05 4th round selection out of Wisconsin, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in ’06 against Dallas on Thanksgiving night. The former Badger seems to be healthy: “I’m right there now, healthy as a horse,” Buenning reported to Tampa Tribune in early August. “It was an ACL and that’s usually a year. He started all 16 games at left guard as a rookie for a Bucs club which made the Playoffs.

Bowman Returns – 8-Man Practice Squad Filled: The team deals back the 6th round draft pick they acquired from Tampa earlier in the off-season for QB Brian Griese. Now there are eight healthy offensive linemen on the squad ready to compete against Indy. This was a smart decision – a “must” move for a team with arguably the worst OL in all of football.  The team’s interior run blocking is hard to fathom/tolerate.  Zack Bowman, the 5th rounder out of Nebraska, was the obvious odd man out in the 5-man cornerback rotation.  I did not want to see him off the active roster- he possesses all the tools that you’d like to see in a successful defensive back at the next level.  At 6-foot 1, 195 pounds, I figure him still to be a viable replacement and in the team’s plans for ’08.  He possibly could get activated and fill-in as a capable back-up in case Trumaine McBride regresses or Danieal Manning moves back (if nickel back role doesn’t work out) to his original safety position.  Bowman is the team’s 8th and final member of the practice squad.

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