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Silver lining in loss found in McGowan

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Here's something the Bears found out about their injury-depleted secondary at Detroit: S Brandon McGowan can play.

When the coaches finished tabulating the defensive statistics after film review Monday, McGowan led the team with 13 tackles, nine of which were solos. That's a promising sign for a unit that could potentially be without veteran Adam Archuleta again Sunday at Green Bay.

Archuleta had a splint on his broken right hand Monday at Halas Hall, and said the decision for him not to play was made in the best interest of him and the team. He said Sunday night he felt he could play against the Packers.

As the Bears discovered in 2004, when injuries happen that's when you find out what you have in backups and young players. The returns on McGowan and CB Trumaine McBride were mostly positive.

Here's another one: rookie CB Corey Graham may have an incredibly shrinking paycheck on account of the horse-collar penalty he received, but he made three unassisted tackles on special teams in his debut. He had not dressed for the first three games.

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