They used to call him Father Moose when he was here, at least some of the wide receivers did.
Privately, they may be calling him something differently now.
Muhsin Muhammad told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that Chicago is "where receivers go to die."
Thank goodness Moose escaped with his life. His former teammates and coaches didn't have a lot to say and to a degree the silence was deafening. Position coach Darryl Drake pointed out that Bernard Berrian landed a $42 million contract based on what he did with the Bears.
Quarterback Kyle Orton was approached after practice and asked what Muhammad was like as a teammate.
"No comment," Orton said.
*** Strong safety Brandon McGowan sprained an ankle during special teams drills Monday afternoon. He eventually went to the locker room and did so under his own power with Kevin Payne taking his place. Payne was back after missing two days with a hyperextended left knee. The Bears found out how undermanned or poorly manned they were at the position last season when Payne and Mike Brown both landed on injured reserve after the first four weeks. Adam Archuleta underperformed and it was a disaster.
Archuleta has left and the club drafted LSU's Craig Steltz in the fourth round. McGowan's own injury history--he's torn an Achilles tendon and blown out an ACL (two injuries Brown has had also)--is only overshadowed by Brown's past. It's not believed McGowan's sprain is serious but this position is worth watching. Closely.
*** The offense had another dismal day although both units rallied for field goals in the two-minute drills. Rex Grossman, working with the ones, hit Marty Booker for a 35-yard gain to set up a field goal. Booker got a nice release off the line from Nathan Vasher.
"Need some oxygen," Drake asked Booker on the sideline afterward.
"Hell, yeah I do," Booker responded.
"I think toward the end of team there we kind of lost our focus a little bit,'' tight end Greg Olsen said of the struggles on the field. "We weren't executing as well as we had been earlier. But I think coming back and rallying a little bit in two minute, moving down the field and making some completions, finishing practice that way, was a good sign for us.
"It's a good defense. I think we were doing well earlier in team and that last series of team we had some things. We jumped offsides, missed some different assignments and kind of lost focus there for a minute. We were able to regroup a little and answer back in two minute which was good."
*** Center Olin Kreutz, tight end Desmond Clark and linebacker Lance Briggs had the day off. Linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer, Mike Okwo and Darrell McClover returned to practice.