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Bears waive injured LB Iwuh; promote Trahan

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The Bears have waived/injured veteran linebacker Brian Iwuh and promoted linebacker Patrick Trahan from the practice squad to take his place.

Iwuh, a six-year veteran who led the Bears in special teams tackles with 14 this season, suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Oakland. In 2010, he was tied for second with Garrett Wolfe in special teams tackles with 18. He also started in place of Lance Briggs against the Seahawks and led the Bears with 12 tackles.

The 6-2, 236-pound Trahan, an undrafted free agent from Mississippi in 2010, spent the 2010 season on the Tennessee Titans practice squad. He signed with the Bears in January.

In the "waived/injured" procedure, another NFL team can claim Iwuh. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, he will revert to the Bears' injured reserve list.

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The ol injury bug just keeps on a biting away at the Bears, Brian Iwuh wasn't just a special teams standout, he was a pretty good backup weakside linebacker. If Briggs were to go down, who now?

On the teams web-site, Patrick Trahan is already listed as the #2 weakside and strongside linebacker. The Bears signed rookie linebacker Jabara Williams away from the Rams earlier this season, but he must not be NFL ready yet obviously with Trahan being above him on the depth chart. Williams was a standout at tiny Stephen F. Austin, and scouts were high on him for his "smarts", but as a rookie, he's probably not NFL ready yet. Trahan has a couple season in the NFL, mostly as a practice squad guy, but he's spent the entire season here in Chicago unlike Williams who was with the Rams for part of the season. Trahan got some playing time in the pre-season, so he's got reps, and the Bears coaching staff knows the guy pretty good. As a senior at Mississipp Trahan was 8th in the SEC with 12 tackles for loss, so the guy proved he can play at the college level. Hopefully he's ready in the event Briggs were to go down, because he's the "next guy up" as they've been saying an awful lot here in Chicago this season GO BEARS!!

Oh my!! Trahan is 6-2, 236 pounds and that means he is a great, great player.

That comment is dripping with sarcasm...

This is not good news, at least potentially. We read and write reams about the Cutler/Hanie situation, but the Bears are in relatively good shape in terms of depth at quarterback.

They are really thin at linebacker. On top of that they are aging. They are aging gracefully, but still aging. They are thin, aging, and I don't see a lot of talent developing behind the starters. When your special teams hotshot is a six year vet, it means he is probably not waiting in the wings to be the starter. It means he is a special teams hotshot and you don't really have anybody waiting in the wings. I like Iwuh, but it would be a lot better if his position was held by a fire-breathing first or second year player who was beating on the door of the starting lineup.

The linebacker situation is really disappointing because Lovie Smith cut his coaching teeth as a linebackers coach. On top of that, Smith's defense uses a different model at linebacker than most of the league. There should not be as much competition for talent at this postiion compared to others. The Bears should be able to find linebackers in the middle and late rounds. They have consistently spent the picks, but have not seen enough success.

So they are thin at linebacker. It is very similar to the defensive end position. Angelo's draft machine is not getting it done in an area where the Bears should be showing strength.

Is J. T. Thomas the future? I don't know, and suspect the Bears don't really know either.

Hopefully it won't bite them this year, but they are going to have to address this in coming drafts.

With all the changes that have occurred regarding defensive backs and offensive linemen, the linebackers have remained a solid group.Let's hope that does not change and can be addressed in next year's draft if needed.

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