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Clutch, Heroic Rookie CB Out For Season

* UPDATE * Former Lions and Cardinals free safety Terrence Holt has been signed to the active roster.
5th round draft choice Zack Bowman will have to wait again until next year to make an game-changing impact like he did Sunday against Minnesota, as the former Nebraska Cornhusker standout will now prepare for the ’09 campaign after he learned about his torn right bicep which he will undergo surgery for to repair the muscle, thus finishing his season. Bowman made his presence felt in his first NFL appearance by picking up a special teams touchdown and catching the game-clinching interception in Sunday’s 48-41 thrilling victory over Minnesota.

The loss should not be too burdensome, as the Bears expect all three missing members of the secondary (Tillman, Vasher, Manning) to return Week 9 at Soldier Field against Detroit. After hearing about this devastating injury, I gained a ton of repsect for Bowman – seeing that he played through tremendous pain and came up with the biggest defensive play of the year next to the goal line stop against Philly. Bowman’s a warrior and a true keeper for down the road. As for now, I wonder if we’ll see more of another rookie – 4th round safety (LSU) Craig Steltz or a veteran picked up like Ty Law?

The secondary injuries continue to mount up for the Bears. This time it’s a different story, as I look for Corey Graham to keep impressing and for the team to get its healthy starters back for Week 9. Keep in mind McBride had a good game and the safeties are still healthy and playing well. The defensive line is the unit on D that needs to step their game up.

The Windy City Flyer Devin Hester was sidelined for Sunday’s second half with a bruised left quad which was caused by a helmet hit to his thigh. With an extra week off due to the Bye, He expects to be on the field for the Lions. “I’m feeling a lot better than I was [Sunday],” Hester said.


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