Finally made it to San Francisco after a long journey through the airport and via the air. No, United didn't break my guitar, but it wasn't a fun travel day. Let's catch up on some news from the day.
*** Kevin Payne has been ruled out for Thursday's game with a back injury and Al Afalava, who didn't practice this morning, is questionable. If Afalava cannot play, it is expected that veteran Josh Bullocks will get an opportunity.
*** No big news on the Niners' injury report, although wide receiver Isaac Bruce is questionable with an ankle injury. You can check out the full and final injury reports below.
*** The Bears-Vikings game at the Metrodome on Nov. 29 has been moved from noon until 3:15 p.m. Kevin Seifert over at ESPN.com points out that the Vikings can clinch the NFC North that day. It's not a likely scenario and the Bears would have to lose that day as well as either once to San Francisco on Thursday or next week vs. Philadelphia.
*** Ervin Baldwin, known as G-Ball to some, has been signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. The defensive end was a seventh-round pick by the Bears in 2008.
*** Ex-Bears cornerback Marcus Hamilton has signed with the Las Vegas franchise in the UFL.
*** The Eagles, the Bears' next opponent after the Niners, have some issues in their secondary. Cornerback Ellis Hobbs was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury and nickel back Joselio Hanson has been suspended four games by the NFL for violation of the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
*** Finally, the injury report:
S Kevin Payne, back--DNP, DNP, DNP
RB Garrett Wolfe, kidney--DNP, DNP, DNP
SS Al Afalava, shoulder--DNP, DNP, DNP
TE Desmond Clark, neck--LIM, LIM, FULL
DT Tommie Harris, knee--LIM, LIM, FULL
CB Charles Tillman, shoulder--LIM, LIM, FULL
CB Nate Clements, shoulder--OUT
RB Glen Coffee, concussion--OUT
DT Demetric Evans, shoulder--OUT
LT Joe Staley, knee--OUT
WR Isaac Bruce, ankle--LIM
S Michael Lewis, quadricep--DNP, FULL, FULL
RB Michael Robinson, stinger--DNP, FULL, FULL
DE Justin Smith, not injury related--DNP, FULL (removed from injury report)
LB Takeo Spikes, shoulder--DNP, LIM, FULL
S Curtis Taylor, shin--DNP, FULL, FULL
TE Vernon Davis, shoulder--LIM, FULL, FULL
WR Jason Hill, ankle--LIM, FULL, FULL
TE Dalanie Walker, shin/knee--LIM, FULL, FULL
G David Baas, stinger--FULL, FULL, FULL
CB Tarell Brown, rib--FULL, FULL, FULL
RB Frank Gore, eye lid--FULL, FULL, FULL