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A short-handed effort

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Not everything made it to the light of the newspaper pages this morning, so we'll pick up the parts that got left out and wrap up coverage of the Kansas City game until Lovie Smith talks later on this afternoon at Halas Hall.

About the only thing the Bears didn't manage was a takeaway on special teams. Israel Idonije notched the second blocked field goal in as many weeks when his left hand batted down Dave Rayner's 48-yard try in the fourth quarter. Alex Brown got a block vs. Nate Kaeding last week.

The impressive thing about this block? The Bears and Idonije got a push with only 10 defenders on the field.

"I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "I don't do that."

Maybe not. But expect the missing player to be thrown under a desk in the meeting room come Wednesday. Mental mistakes are the ones that are least tolerated.

Idonije figures to be as good a player as the Bears have to get after field goals. He's 6-6 and has long arms and can fill a role that players before him like Marc Colombo and Big Cat Williams did well. Idonije had the only block of the season last year when he deflected a kick by Miami's Olindo Mare.

"I've got long arms, I'm a big guy, hopefully I can get some more," Idonije said. "That wasn't my last one.

"Guys try to cut you, submarine you so you can't get up. Their center [Jean-Phillipe Darche] was a lighter guy. I pushed through the guard and there was an opening."

-- DE Alex Brown (right ankle) and TE Desmond Clark (right knee) both came out of the game with injuries but managed to return.

-- How bad is the Bears' passing game right now? Bernard Berrian has 10 receptions for 148 yards. Rashied Davis has three grabs. Muhsin Muhammad has two catches. That's 15 receptions for the entire roster of six wide receivers. Terrell Owens put up those kind of numbers in three quarters against the Bears in 2000, by himself. The longest completion is a 24-yarder to TE Desmond Clark.

We'll see how the defensive-minded head coach addresses the offensive woes later today.

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