The Bears will have their final practice later today in preparation for the preseason finale at Cleveland on Thursday. This marks the fifth consecutive summer the clubs have finished the preseason by facing one another.
*** Looks like ex-Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn could get his second consecutive start. Derek Anderson has been sidelined with a concussion. The Browns had 15 players inactive for their meeting with Detroit on Saturday and are trying to get healthy for their season opener against Dallas.
*** Speaking of opposing quarterbacks on the mend, the plan is for Peyton Manning to practice in Indianapolis today for the first time this summer. Manning had surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee on July 14 and the rumors circulating now are he actually underwent a second procedure between then and say now. Manning is on the physically unable to perform list. He is not going to play in the Colts' preseason finale Thursday vs. Cincinnati but the club is hopeful he will be ready when the Bears come calling Sept. 7.
*** The National Football Post is a new venture that includes some people with background in the league. Former exec Mike Lombardi, most recently with Denver and Oakland, has big props for rookie defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. He thinks the Bears need to get Harrison on the field as much as possible. The depth at defensive tackle certainly is encouraging after the attrition the position went through last season and Harrison is being brought along nicely.
*** Remember, Mailbag Q&A on Wednesday. Submit your questions and include name and hometown.