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Hanie isn't worried about shoulder injury

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Despite wearing a sling to protect his injured throwing shoulder, Caleb Hanie was confident Monday that the injury he suffered in the Bears' 25-10 loss to the Chargers on Saturday night in San Diego will not prevent him from continuing to serve as Jay Cutler's backup.

"I'm not worried about losing my No. 2 job," Hanie said Monday. "That's not even a worry for me. I feel like I've done enough to earn that position and what I have is not a season-ending injury, or even half a season or a beginning of the season. I'm definitely not worried about losing that position if that's what people are wondering."

Hanie completed 10 of 17 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception before falling on his shoulder while being driven to the turf in the third quarter of Saturday's preseason opener. The third-year quarterback is still awaiting results of a MRI taken Sunday, but said he doesn't expect to miss significant playing time.

"It was just precautionary," Hanie said of the MRI. "They said normally with what I have that if it was any other position they wouldn't even do an MRI. I don't show any signs of any structural damage as far as rotator cuff and all that stuff. It was purely precautionary."

Hanie's injury could put the Bears in a fix if he misses more time than expected. Third-stringer Dan LeFevour, a rookie sixth-round draft pick, is still learning on the job. That makes Hanie, who has attempted all of seven NFL passes, the second most experienced quarterback on the roster.

"It's out of my hands," Hanie said when asked about the Bears signing another quarterback. "What they do is what they do. The only way I could see that is if I was possibly not going to be back for the first game or something like that. Then you could obviously understand why they would want to bring a guy in because you can't go into [a game] with two quarterbacks, especially when one of them is a rookie."

In other injury news, Major Wright wore a splint and protective covering over the index-and-middle fingers on his left hand but the rookie safety told reporters he was not allowed to reveal the nature of his injury or if or for how long he might be sidelined. ... Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly said he has recovered completely from a "stinger." More injury news is expected when coach Lovie Smith meets with the media after today's afternoon practice.

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Good news on Hanie. I'll feel even better when we hear from somebody with an MD after their name.

Hanie doesn't need to miss any reps, but then maybe this will give them a chance to find out if LeFevour is worth a roster spot. They can't evaluate him unless they give him reps. You would hate to risk losing a guy like....say Webb, just to find out your rookie QB was standing on the sideline with a clipboard waiting to show you that he never did have what it takes.

I'm glad Lovie got Cutler out of that game. The Bolts(read Rivera and Turner)obviously were doing some head-hunting (without being obvious). It's as close to a grudge match as I've seen for an exibition game. The first preseason game is really just a glorified scrimmage. Sending corners and safetys to blitz the other team's francise QB on the first series is just not cricket.

And not really that smart of a move either. The NFL is pretty tough to start, if you are going to risk firing the first shot of a feud, it would be better to wait until it means something.

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