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Offensive line won't get top test with Kerney sidelined

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SEATTLE--The Bears' rebuilding offensive line will not get the kind of test you'd like to see tonight in preparation for the regular season.

Seattle left defensive end Patrick Kerney will sit out the game. He's been on the sidelines for most of training camp with a sore left calf, as much as anything a move to make sure the Pro Bowl performer is fresh for the season. Kerney made a mess of the Bears' line when the teams met here last November, picking up three sacks and stripping the ball from quarterback Rex Grossman for a turnover.

Kerney would be lining up over right tackle John Tait. Right now, the premier rushers at the beginning of the season are going to be across from left tackle John St. Clair. Most of the attention in Indianapolis is focused on quarterback Peyton Manning, who has yet to practice since having surgery on his left knee last month. The Colts have been ultra-secretive when it comes to Manning and he hasn't been so much as spotted at training camp.

Right end Dwight Freeney will miss his third preseason game and he's yet to be cleared for a full go in practice either. That could change this coming week for the elite pass rusher.

In Carolina, where the Bears will visit in Week 2, Julius Peppers has made the transition from the left to right side, so he will be across from St. Clair also.

Some more notes about tonight's action from Qwest Field:

Some more notes about tonight's action from Qwest Field:

*** Seattle is expected to go with No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye to start tonight with Matt Hasselbeck ailing from a bad back. Seneca Wallace is the backup.

*** Julius Jones, younger brother to ex-Bear Thomas, should start at running back. He was a little bummed to be coming off the bench in replace of Mo Morris last week at Minnesota.

*** This is only the third time the franchises have met in preseason

*** Interesting fact from Stats, Inc. Last season, Derrick Mason topped 100 receptions for the first time in his career, making 103 catches for Baltimore. Those 103 grabs went for only 1,087 yards. That's an average of 10.55 yards per catch. Only one receiver in league history has caught 100 passes for fewer yards.

Maybe you guessed it. Marty Booker. He had 100 receptions in 2001 for 1,071 yards, which actually gave him a better average of 10.71 yards per catch. Thanks to Stats, Inc., for the tidbit.

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Frye is getting the start and Kerney is out?? Great now I get to listen to Lovie talk about how good Tait looked against a really good Dline in Seattle, oh course he will skip the part about Kerney being out, he'll also go on about how good the Defense looked against a really experienced QB, he will of course skip the part about it being Charlie Frye. Bobby E is also out,. What else did Lovie say this week oh yeah he is not going to play any of his starters against the Browns. How can he say that when he doesn't even know who his starting QB and recievers are? Unless he does know.

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