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Booker unlikely to play vs. Saints

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Wide receiver Marty Booker has been listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game with the New Orleans Saints and he is not expected to play.

The veteran suffered a fractured rib in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and although he played a week after suffering the same injury in 2003, the quick turnaround is going to prevent him from going.

Booker played the remainder of that '03 season with the injury.

Tight end Desmond Clark (hamstring) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (hamstring/knee) are probable. Both sat out practice Tuesday but had full participation in Wednesday's workout.

Fullback Jason McKie (quad) and running back Garrett Wolfe (hamstring) are doubtful and will not play.

For New Orleans, safety Roman Harper (shoulder) is probable.

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Yo Brad, I've been searching the internet for an update regarding the status of the Williams duo and the three Saints players for this weeks games. Do you have any info on when the judge is going to make his ruling? I would like to know if there is any chance those players will begin to serve their suspensions before the darn season is up. When the initial ruling was made it looked as if the Bears would catch a break against the Saints and the Vikings would lose their mammoth run-stoppers. Now it seems possible nothing will happen for another few weeks. Please respond with any information ya got. Thanks

Ooops, sorry about that Brad. Thanks for heads up

Bears...Saints...Soldier Field...Playoffs on the Line...

Don't know about the rest of you guys, but I am amped! Tremendous game tomorrow that may very well decide our post-season fate. Here's my breakdown of tomorrow's game and how the teams matchup:

Saints Offense: Brees, Bush, Shockey, Colston, Thomas, shortage of weapons there and a very cerebral QB, in a career year, leading the squad.

Bears offense: Well, we have Matt Forte. The Saints are poor at stopping the run so if we establish it, Orton should be able to use play-action passes and take advantage of his big ole' tight ends. The unit needs to be secure with the ball and not let the Saints O back on the field. Will we see Hester hook up with Orton deep?

Edge: Saints

Saints Defense -> They're below average in almost every category and have suffered some crippling injuries to an already average defense.

Bears Defense: We can stop the run, sometimes. We can be an elite run stopping D or a bad one. As for the pass, we can't stop it at all. Still, we're ranked 6th in run defense and are somewhere in the middle of the league for points allowed. We're also fantastic on turnovers which the Saints have been known to commit. We need to try and jar the ball loose with every hit. The D has to have the reckless mentality of an intoxicated driver behind the wheel of an expensive sports car at 3 A.M. on Lake Shore Drive. I think that can be done.

Edge: Bears.

Saints STs: Bush leads the league with 3 PR TDs. Thomas can also break 'em. But their coverage on returns is poor.

Bears STs: No returns but we can block punts sometimes and score off that. D. Manning is a force on KR but overall we've had a plethora of injuries on STs. It's so sad that I didn't even mention Hester as a legitimate threat. Please prove me wrong starting tomorrow.

Edge: Gonna say Saints.

What keeps us in the game -> Matt Forte: He runs, he catches and he blocks as well if not better than anyone in the league.

X Factor: Brandon Lloyd. Will he or won't he? He looked like the go-to-guy before his injury and since then has become the Invisible Man. Ron Turner says he looked healthy again today running in practice. Let's hope.

Who wins? -> The Saints appear to have the advantage on 2/3 of the phases. So who'm I picking? A: Da Bears! Am I just a delusional homer? Of course. There's that, and there's the fact that the Saints are AWFUL on the road evidenced by Brees' QB rating averaging 40 points less than his rating at home games. Besides that, it's going to be freezing at night.

Bears football baby. Control the clock, grind it out on the ground, and force turnovers. Da Bears should capitalize!

To Whom it May Confuse:

"My time there was short," said Cedric Benson regarding his stint with the Bears. "I sat for two years. The third year I was hurt. The fourth year, this year, I got cut before the season. The fourth season was going to be my time. It looked like we would have had a 1-2 punch with me and Forte in there. He would have gotten the ball and that would have worked for me.

"He is having a great year, but when I see the highlights, I see holes. I see them using him in the slot, something they didn't do with me. If I was there right now with the holes I see, I'd probably have 1,800 yards right now. I definitely would have 1,500 by now. I congratulate him on all of his success. He is taking advantage." -source,

I liked CB when he was here but the dude is delirious and never learns. He's upset that we didn't use him in the slot? He can't catch the friggin' ball!

never mind the player matchups on both sides of the ball in tonite's game. The Saints actually have a coaching staff that knows what it is doing. Let us pray that the Bear players can overcome the coaching ineptitude that they are stuck with for the timE being. GO BEARS!!!!!!!!

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