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Lovie downplays injuries to Clark, Brown

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Bears coach Lovie Smith said that tight end Desmond Clark's right knee injury is "minor" and the veteran left the Edward Jones Dome without a brace or anything like that on Sunday.

Strong safety Mike Brown also suffered only a minor lower leg injury and is also expected to be OK. Brown left the game after the first half and did not return.

Cornerback Nathan Vasher will undergo further evaluation on his right wrist. It's believed that he suffered the same injury or a similar one to the one he sustaned against Philadelphia in September that required surgery.

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I like Mike Browns skills but the man is a ming vase that constantly falls off the Sears Tower every season. Yes he has massive talent but he also has a knack for having a frail body. I would love to keep him whiles he is healthy, but I have to question him being resigned will his frailty at hand. I'm not too sure on Craig Steltz quite yet and yet Brown when healthy is a great weopon. That having been said on Brown, I like Clark and I think him and Olsen make a great tag-team and can create mass confusion for the opponents, so overall I hope for the best for both of them, but personally, I was expecting for an injury from Brown, but best wishes to their recoveries cause we'll sure need them both for the Vikes. Go Bears!

Nice win for the Bears yesterday, hopefully the same defense that showed up vs St. Louis will show up this sunday night. I see Matt Forte had his third 100 yd rushing performance of the season, Forte is on pace for over 1300 yds and over 50 catches, with these kind of numbers, Forte should edge out Matt Ryan for rookie of the year honors. Actually Forte should have had his fourth 100 yarder, week 2 vs the Panthers Forte had a 20 yd run called back because of a holding call on Rashied Davis, Forte ended up with only 92 yards, still not bad. Does any one else notice how strong of a runner Adrian Peterson is, [our Adrian Peterson] the fact Peterson ran good late last season, and how strong of a runner Peterson still is, make me scratch my head on the Kevin Jones signing. I still think that knee is not fully healed on Kevin Jones.
As far as Mike Brown goes, the safety position needs to be addressed in the off-season. Chicago needs to bring in a free safety to allow Kevin Payne to move back to strong safety, his more natural position. As of right now, [a lot of things can change from now to draft day] I think the Bears should draft either Missouri's free safety William Moore or South Florida's defensive end George Selvie [if Selvie forgoes his senior season]. The safety position seems deeper as of right now, if Chicago had to choose between the two, I would go with George Selvie, this guy is a natural pass rusher, despite constant double teams this season, Selvie is still in opponents backfields with 5 sacks and 13 tackle for losses. the Bears need this kind of edge rusher, in the second round Chicago could grab Louisiana state free safety Curtis Taylor, just a thought GO BEARS!!

Cmon guys.......please we beat the RAms. Harper could beat them. Dont jump on board to quick. Lovme Smith downplays everything. My favorite are the "hes a good player" slogan he uses for everybody. "Rex is a good football player." Its almost as bad as the word "fruition" that Angeloose uses.

"By Kevin Armstead: Forte is on pace for over 1300 yds and over 50 catches, with these kind of numbers, Forte should edge out Matt Ryan for rookie of the year honors."

Not disagreeing with you but that is probably not gonna happen. Ryan is a QB and is getting a lot more attention than Forte.

"As far as Mike Brown goes, the safety position needs to be addressed in the off-season."

It needed to be addressed last off-season too and the season before that as well and so on and so on.

"Does any one else notice how strong of a runner Adrian Peterson is, [our Adrian Peterson] the fact Peterson ran good late last season, and how strong of a runner Peterson still is, make me scratch my head on the Kevin Jones signing. I still think that knee is not fully healed on Kevin Jones."

Actually Peterson Put up almost identical numbers to Benson last year, not that impressive. He ran well against the Rams, everyone runs well against them. Jones was a mistake, like Brown he has talent but also has injury issues. He may have healed from one injury and gained another or he is just not as good as he used to be because injuries take there toll. Like how Brown is not as fast as he used to be. As for Peterson I think you may be a little excited over the Bears win. The Bears do need another RB though, considering the pounding they take. Two solid backs like the Vikes have would be really nice.

Cool, looks like I have my own fan....oh well GO BEARS!!

Alright Creigton, I'll give you a better reply.
First off, By Creighton: "It needed to be addressed last off-season too and the season before that as well and so on and so on." This was your reply to the Bears getting safety help. My question is, how do you think Jerry Angelo got Kevin Payne??? Did he magically fall out of the sky...or maybe Angelo drafted Payne??? Yeah, I think Angelo drafted Payne, so this means the Bears have actually addressed the safety position, so whats up with the "so on and so on?????????"
Secondly, By Creighton: "Actually Peterson put up identical numbers to Benson last year, not that impressive." Auh.... no Creighton, your wrong, inside of a 3 game stretch late last season, Peterson had one 90 yd game and another with 100 yds rushing, my next question is, name me a three game stretch last season where Benson had at least 80 yds twice...you can't can you, thats what I thought. Also, your forgetting Creighton, Peterson can catch the ball out of the backfield, and we all know how Benson is as a receiver, so how do they compare?????
Thirdly, Creighton, face it, Matt Forte is going to be rookie of the year, and I think Matt Forte gets just as much attention as Matt Ryan. Oh yeah, I wanted the Bears to draft Forte and you didn't so.....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha GO BEARS!!

aahhhhh!!! kevin enough no more! it hurst me so much!! you say ANGELO drafted saftey kevin payne?? ahh! it hurts more then taht time they threw holy water onn me!!! i only give facts kevin. why cant you leave it at that why do you have to be so mean to me? iam not feeling well kevin. the packers lost miserably and i ma weak. i wil return home, back to the public bathroom fromw here i crawlld out of....but make no misteak kevin. the beasr wiil stumble and al you looser bears fans will be sad and i wil return stroger then ever! hahahaha!!!!!

but you guys now me, old crap-ton, just tryig too be posative...

p.s. i hate BRANDO and his carefree sunny ways!!!

Not trying to take sides in any shape but I agree I have not seen our Peterson do anything consistently, we def. could not depend on him and we needed Jones signing, but why he isn't playing effectively I can't figure out.
and I like Steltz btw.
I would like to see us have that 1-2 combo we had with Jones/Benson it worked untill 1 was injured in the Super Bowl, I like watching Jones play with the Jets, has anyone noticed that Benson looks better with the Bengals? I think being released form the Bears might have got him going.

Randy, I don't think our Peterson is by any means starting caliber, I just meant above, I do think he is good enough to be a number 2 runningback, and when he has had to fill in, he has done a pretty good job. I think it would have been smarter for Chicago to use the roster spot they signed Jones with on another fullback like Louska Polite, I liked his potential, and like you were saying, "Jones hasn't been very effective anyways." I think Kevin Jones is not fully healed from the knee injury, and went back on the playing field a little quicker than maybe he should have, this is another reason Chicago should have stayed away from Jones, he is injury prone.
As far as a 1-2 combo at runningback, I don't think Chicago intentionally wanted to use a 1-2 combo at runningback, it just worked out that way, I'll explain. When the Bears drafted Benson, thay already had Thomas Jones, but at the time Jones was a 6 year veteran, had an injury past, and on top of it, got injured with the Bears his first season with the team right before they drafted Benson. So at the time, the drafting of Benson made sense, what nobody seen coming was the emergence of Thomas Jones, [and anyone who did say they knew Jones would come on, is probably lying.] I think the main reason Jones came on is the same reason you are seeing a much better runner out of old Ced, Jones simply grew up, also, Jones probably figured out, hey, this might be my last shot at the pros, maybe I should take this game a little more serious, like Ced is probably thinking right about now, and that is sad, this is why the NFL needs a rookie salary cap, but that is another story for another blog. With Matt Forte, the Bears have a very mature young runningback, who comes to work every day ready to play football, also, Forte is a every down back, there is no need to rotate, maybe have someone to spell Forte, to give him a breather and to save some wear and tear on his body, but with Forte, the Bears have an every down back, no need for a one two punch. Chicago rotated Jones&Benson because they had to play Benson, he was getting a lot of money as the #4 overall pick, and also, Benson looked pretty good spelling Jones, this is why you probably seen a rotation. Had Benson showed up to camp on time [he ws a hold out] and have been even half as mature as Forte is as a rookie, and had the ability to catch out of the backfield, you would have probably never seen as much of Jones as we did. I think this is why you seen a rotation, Chicago is proving this season, if they have a three down back [like Forte] they will stick with just one runner.
I just think Peterson could have been a good number 2 for the Bears this season, but as far as next season goes, I would also like to see the Bears bring in another young runner to spell Forte every once in a while, maybe a speed back who can play special teams. I also like Steltz, but if the Bears have a chance to draft a top caliber safety, I say "go for it." GO BEARS!!

Good explanation Kevin, but I still liked the combo lol, maybe it was not intentional but it worked.
Yes, we may have another great one in Forte. I like the way our line has played but it's still not as good as it needs to be, and Forte could be really great, with Williams/Beekman and maybe Buenning next year he might break out big time. As far as Peterson as No. 2 - I am not sold on Peterson yet as a No. 2 - thats an injury away from No. 1 - which is why I like Jones, but we see Jones has issues. I do not feel Peterson could do No. 1 if Forte is injured and with a healthy Jones (if I know) - maybe.
8:07 - Here we go........show time.
All my Fantasy players sucked so bad today I turned off Football...Da Bears are my last hope today!
I played Cassel over McNabb ---STUPID!

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