No word yet on what the Bears will do with their open roster spot now that Brandon McGowan is done for the season.
This late in the week, it wouldn't be a surprise if they took their time through the weekend to get a better handle on what direction they want to go. No one they signed today or Thursday would be active on Sunday. Coach Lovie Smith would not provide insight as to whether or not the 53rd man will come from the practice squad or outside the building.
"We keep all of our options open, always,'' Smith said.
Rookie fifth-round pick Zack Bowman is the only defensive back on the practice squad. He got some extra work in special teams drills following practice Wednesday. He made the initial cut to 53 but was then cut loose to make room for guard Dan Buenning when he was acquired from Tampa in a trade.
General manager Jerry Angelo had success plucking players off other practice squads last season. The Bears nabbed linebacker Nick Roach from San Diego and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina from Cincinnati. If the Bears were to sign a player from another team's practice squad, he would have to remain on the 53-man roster for a minimum of three weeks. That rule is to prevent clubs from poaching players just for the sake of disrupting another team's roster.
*** Just a hunch, but it wouldn't be a surprise if defensive tackle Anthony Adams or Toeaina is active for this game. The Buccaneers are going to come in with a plan to move the ball on the ground and some additional depth on the line cannot hurt. We'll see how this shakes out on gameday.
*** Doing some extra conditioning work on the field after practice was running back Kevin Jones.
*** News that Cedric Benson was going to sign with the Detroit Lions this morning spread on the Internet but that didn't happen.
Benson remains a man without a team. Don't be surprised if he hits the workout circuit as teams curious to see if the fourth pick from the 2005 draft has some skills remaining. High picks usually don't disappear without getting a second and even third chance.