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Metcalf's broken hand explains part of '07 struggles

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It was interesting to learn Friday that one of the contributing factors to Terrence Metcalf’s benching late last season was a broken hand the guard suffered.

Obviously, Metcalf wasn’t around at rookie minicamp to make this revelation a la Muhsin Muhammad at the fan convention in 2006 when he explained away some late-season drops in 2005 by making it known he’d been playing with a broken hand.

Metcalf, who has 25 career starts, didn’t reference his injury when he was benched but that doesn’t mean he faces any less of an uphill battle this year. The third-round pick from 2002 is at a crossroads with the Bears looking to revamp the line. He’s got to assert himself to claim the starting job at left guard. In the past, he’s been useful to have around as a backup because he’s a veteran who understands the playbook. The team wants to get younger up front and if he can’t pin down the job, there’s no guarantee he sticks as a backup with a salary-cap figure of just more than $1.56 million.

There are a host of possibilities in place, including former fourth-round pick Josh Beekman, seventh-round picks Chester Adams and Kirk Barton and certainly veteran John St. Clair. It was St. Clair who started the final three games of 2007 in Metcalf's place after he had taken Ruben Brown's spot when shoulder surgery ended Brown's season.

Brown bowed out because he was essentially trying to gut it out with one arm. Playing with a broken hand, Metcalf was in a similar circumstance having to fight with only one good arm.

St. Clair was signed as a swing tackle but would play anywhere to be in the starting lineup. Beekman’s future might be as an understudy to Olin Kreutz.

This situation isn’t going to sort itself out this weekend, and it might not come veteran minicamp at the end of the month. But it’s one that will play itself out over the summer.

Check back in a little later when we have some updates from Day 2 of the rookie minicamp.

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Next to the upcoming QB duel between Grossman and Orton, this left guard position battle to me is the next most interesting. This was good to know about Metcalfs hand and I applaud the fact that he didn't even use it as an excuse. I hope that maybe Metcalf can come in now that he is healthy and man the position, but that is the main problem with Metcalf, durability and o-linemen have got to be able to stay on the field. If the Bears really want to get younger at the position I don't see them going with John St. Clair, unless maybe they see him holding the position down long enough for one of the rookies, be it Chester Adams or Kirk Barton. I don't think either one of them will be ready this season. I think it would be best for the Bears to go with Beekman, I know that he might be in there plans as an eventual center, but he might be the best option for guard right now especially if the Bears are looking to get younger. Also I don't see Kreutz going anywhere any time soon and Beekman is going to want to get on the field. We will just have to wait till this summer and see how everyone plays out. You got to throw Tyler Reed into the mix, also can Metcalf finally stay healthy, and just how does Beekman look at guard, these questionss will not be answered till camp but it will be interesting GO BEARS!!

So that is his excuse. This guy has s###ed since he came here. Also lame excuse too about the Moose because he blew as well. It doen't matter or not if he had a broken hand.

Broken Hand+Left Gaurd=Alot of blind side sacks.
Come on now Paul.This guy had played through some pain througout his career. He may not be the best LG on this team, but he has proven to be a quality back up. Metcalf has good slide ability, pulls out good on a stunt and he stays with his man. He has been a proven pass protector and half ass run blocker. From one year to another you cant predict a O-Linemen progress. Some take time others fall apart in one season. Hopefully if we do see Metcalf he can be pluged in and perform at a NFL level.

You know what, broken hand or not, that still doesn't explain all of the penalties attributed to Metcalf including when he kneed a d-lineman from the Giants in the ribs as the guy was on the ground. That penalty nullified a Grossman to Olsen pass in the endzone. Thanks to that, we all have to live with Eli Manning being touted as Eli "Superbowl MVP" Manning. Good Grief!

Mike: "You know what, broken hand or not, that still doesn't explain all of the penalties attributed to Metcalf including when he kneed a d-lineman from the Giants in the ribs as the guy was on the ground. That penalty nullified a Grossman to Olsen pass in the endzone. Thanks to that, we all have to live with Eli Manning being touted as Eli "Superbowl MVP" Manning."

Wow, that was a whole pile o' stupid. Terrence Metcalf is single-handedly responsible for the Giants winning the Super Bowl ... Thanks for the tip. It's like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon for the retarded.

C'mon Mike you're better than that ... I hope you were joking.

Me: "You know what, broken hand or not, that still doesn't explain all of the penalties attributed to Metcalf including when he kneed a d-lineman from the Giants in the ribs as the guy was on the ground. That penalty nullified a Grossman to Olsen pass in the endzone. Thanks to that, we all have to live with Eli Manning being touted as Eli "Superbowl MVP" Manning."

D.C.ofD.C.:"Wow, that was a whole pile o' stupid. Terrence Metcalf is single-handedly responsible for the Giants winning the Super Bowl ... Thanks for the tip. It's like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon for the retarded.

C'mon Mike you're better than that ... I hope you were joking."

D.C. of D.C., I too have wondrous copy and paste abilities. Anyway, I never say anything unless I can back it up with evidence. NY v. CHI was the turning point for the Giants. After Eli's game against Minnesota, where he threw like 4 picks, three returned for TDs, plenty were calling for him to be benched. His own GM criticized him. Eli continued to look pathetic in the firt half vs. the Bears, then we lost it on offense. Hester's wide open drop, the line's inability to stop the pass rush...sure, that was bad. But to nullify a sure TD by an absolutely needless penalty was the stake in the heart for the Bears. Bears kick a FG, Eli gets time to make a comeback. And we lose by five friggin' points.

So yeah, Terrence "Violent Retard" Metcalf single-broken-handedly allowed the Giants to gain the momentum leading to their SB victory.

D.C of D.C., I stand by my case. And I accept your apology.

I got a question, has his hand been broken his whole career??? Cause he has always been real bad and they have given that guy every chance in the world to prove he can play. He's been here 6 years and been bad for 6 years. They let him start for one year, and the next year they went out and signed someone to replace him. Angelo just can't admit when he is wrong. Rex has always been bad but they signed him again anyway, Benson was bad so they got rid of Jones and made him a starter hoping that some how that would make him better, you know how much sense that made? None. Angelo says he prefers not to put the pressure of compitition on his players. Does he know football is a competative sport? Someone needs to tell him. You know I have been watching the Bears for along time and for a long time they have been saying we are a team that does not make excuses. Funny thing is everytime they use that phrase the next word is "But". We don't make excuses but we sure had a lot of injured players last year. I guess they where the only team in the NFL with any injured players. Last I checked the colts lost more starters at key positions and still made the playoffs. We like Cedric, but we think he needs some compitition. We like Rex as a player but he hasn't been playing well so we sat him down. We would have liked a Mendenhall but we don't trade up even when it's a bargin.

Broken hand? Don't they bandage or splint or put some kind of brace on them? Can't remember the Moose ever wearing one. And he sure had a lot of TV exposure

Brando, This guy is terrible. Congrats for sticking it out but he has showed nothing in 5+ years. It is time for the Bears to move on.

Wait and see guys. This guy Metcalf is a prove quality back up in the NFL.

By the way Creighton Mendenhall was taken out of practice for a tweeked Hammy. Thats no good tweek it once it realy never heals proper unless they give alot of rest. A Tweeked hammy has slowed Urlacher down in 05.

Quality backup! I have watched this guy get the beat down the past 5+ years. Brando what tv have you been watching but this guy smells like the Argo Cornstarch Plant on a wind day.

has his hand been hurting all this year? We should have gotten a guard in the earlyer rounds to replace him

Rob, Of course they should have drafted a guard but everybody is so bent of shape that they did not draft a QB. With this sour line, I don't care what freakin QB is behind it. This line s***s.

Gentlemen you will find out that Adams was a steal I am a transplanted Chicagoan in the south and I am exposed to a lot of SEC football and Adams is a true road grader at guard Barton was a tackle at Ohio State which usually translates in to a NFL guard, just wait until July if Jerry and Lovie are telling the truth and there is real comp you could see a rookie guard and tackle starting on the O-Line and Metcalf on the bus out of town....

Djssr, Actually I would like to see Adams at Guard. He is a big man but I heard he has weight issues. He doe not like to push himself away from the table.

Barton, I heard has knee and ankle problems. I like Ohio State lineman. He kind of reminds me of Shane Olivea. I believe he was on the Chargers the past two years.

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