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Expect LaRocque to be active Sunday

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The promotion of linebacker Joey LaRocque from the practice squad this late in the week means one thing--he can expect to play Sunday at Soldier Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The rookie seventh-round pick from Oregon State was informed Thursday night he would be promoted and the move will officially be made this afternoon when safety Brandon McGowan is placed on injured reserve, as we Twittered more than 90 minutes ago. LaRocque can figure he will be on the field because the Bears do not hand out roster spots for players to stand on the sidelines with a terrific view and collect a game check.

The minimum for practice squad players is $5,200 per week, which is less than a third of what first-year players earn on a weekly basis--$16,764,706. If LaRocque was not going to suit up and be active on special teams against the Bucs, the Bears would not have more than tripled his salary for the week and paid for a hotel room for him downtown Saturday night. It doesn't work that way.

LaRacque's promotion figures to involve rookie safety Craig Steltz also. Steltz is not expected to play as he has a sprained right ankle that kept him out of practice the last two days. Steltz was the obvious replacement for McGowan on special teams. Now that he's unable to fill that role, LaRocque gets the call even if he doesn't address the shortage the Bears now have in the secondary. If LaRocque goes out and plays well, he could take a step toward ensuring it's a permanent roster spot for him.

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"LaRocque can figure he will be on the field because the Bears do not hand out roster spots for players to stand on the sidelines with a terrific view and collect a game check."

Really Biggs, so what has Chris Williams been doing this whole time, Knitting?

Dude how could you walk into something like that?

Will he be active for the game or just another pretty face on the inactive list, like Earl(the bullet) Bennett, or Craig(corvette summer) Steltz, who hurt his ankle while ice skating to his favortie song Endless Love.

I think this is an indication that Steltz has not been doing a great job blocking for Hester.

I think it's obvious that Laroque will be active and play Sunday. He has great speed and will be inserted where McGowan has been playimg on the Special Teams units. The Bears may decide to add a DB down the road to bolster the Defense's depth so Laroque may only be on the 53-man roster for a short time.

The situations of Chris Williams and Joey Laroque are completely different and comparing them as far as roster spots and playing time is apples and oranges.

Chris Williams is injured, we all know that. The difference between the two is that the Bears have a plan to get Williams on the field this year when he is cleared medicaly. Williams is the Bears prized 1'st round draft pick, Laroque a 7'th rounder making pennies on the dollar compared to Williams. Even if Williams was healthy but not good enough to start on the Offense, hell would have to freeze over before they have him running the field on Special Teams.

To risk an injury to you future starting LT on Special Teams would be stupid. Last year in the Chargers opener the Bears lost a starting DT in Dusty when he tore up his knee blocking on a punt return. This year he is solely playing defense.

Can somebody tell me what Chris Williams is going to do when and if he comes back this year? We dont even know if he can play at this level. The only time he has gotten any experience was OTA and that was without pads. The Bears should of placed him on injured reserve so he could come back next year and start all over with a full training camp.

JB

By now, Williams is rehabbing in the weight room. He will go through hours of stretching and excercises designed to strengthen his back and help him to the point he can get in a normaly lifting routine, ge him back on the practice field and eventually back in game playing shape. The Bears expected it would take (8) or (9) weeks from his surgery get to that point so they fully expect him to be able to participate in Novemeber.

At the very least he can be a back up LT and get some of those rookie things out of the way like the weekly routine, mental mistakes rookies tend to make ect... so he is a step ahead of the game for 2009.

The minimum for practice squad players is $5,200 per week, which is less than a third of what first-year players earn on a weekly basis--$16,764,706.

Wow... almost $17 Million, per week, for a first-year player?

I need to become a football player.

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