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Sprained left ankle still has DE Alex Brown sidelined

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Alex Brown is not dressed out to practice this afternoon as the Bears just got going on the fields behind Halas Hall.

Just because he has missed a second straight day with his sprained left ankle does not mean there isn't a good chance he will play Sunday at Seattle. Coach Lovie Smith prefers that his players be on the field, but he will go all the way to game time to make decisions with veterans. The Bears are thin at the position because they have only Mark Anderson behind Brown and Adewale Ogunleye. Israel Idonije can play end, but he is battling a knee issue and has been used more inside. Rookie third-round pick Jarron Gilbert has gotten some work at left end, and could be an option. The Bears also might consider promoting Ervin Baldwin or Joe Clermond from the practice squad.

However, unless something has changed significantly in the last 24 hours, the hope remains that Brown will be available. He has played in 113 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team.

"If you saw the play where he got hurt, I mean like he's got to be extremely flexible to get out of something like that,'' defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. ``I was looking like, it looked career-ending, but the guy's real flexible and he takes care of his body, so when I saw him go down, I knew he'd be back just the way he takes care of his body and stretches and stuff like that. Hats off to him, though, his offseason training and things he does during the season to keep his body in tune.''

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We really couldn't have absorbed another hit to the defense like that. To lose Urlacher and Brown would have been tough to recover from. Hillenmeyer has done pretty well replacing 54, but Anderson has shown he can't get it done as a starter, so that would put either Idonije or Gilbert in that spot, which would weaken our rotation on the inside. Teams would be able to run on us in the second half all season long. I am very glad to hear he will not be out for very long, if at all.

If Walter Jones is back for this game, Alex will be key in making his debut a very unpleasant one. If he starts beating him early, that means Carlson will be staying in to block, or at least having a delayed release before getting into the route.

Should be a good game. Go Bears!

I hope A.B. is able to go on Sunday ! Wale needs to step it back up. After 2 sacks against Green Bay, he disappeared last week, and the Bears need Wale and A.B. to bring pressure every week since Tommie Harris is a non factor.

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