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Briggs, Tillman, Hester, Spencer, Davis miss practice

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Peanut Tillman.jpgIt was almost easier for Lovie Smith to list the players who participated in practice Wednesday than those who did not.

Linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), tight end Kellen Davis (ankle), wide receivers Devin Hester (concussion) and Alshon Jeffery (knee), guard Chris Spencer (knee) and Charles Tillman (ankle) did not practice. And running back Matt Forte (ankle) ''was able to do a little bit, some individual drills,'' Smith said.

But the longtime Bears coach provided no further information on the injuries or the prospect that any or all of them would be able to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field.

''We've never been in this situation very often -- haven't been in it all this year,'' Smith said. ''The rest of the guys had to step up, which they did.''

Briggs, Tillman and Kellen Davis are likely to start against the Seahawks. Jeffery is expected to be out at least another week or two after having arthroscopic surgery last week. Edwin Williams is expected to start for Spender. Eric Weems had already been the deep man on both kickoffs and punts even before Hester suffered his concussion.

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Losing Charles Tillman would be a major blow, Kelvin Hayden is a great #2, but no Tillman. Tillman is one of the leagues best corners and Chicago needs him now that its getting late in the game as far as the season goes. Tillman will probably be matched up with Sidney Rice sunday, Rice is solid, but no Calvin Johnson. Im sure Tillman should be able to hold his own despite being banged up.

I think Forte, Briggs and Tillman will all probably play sunday. Lance Briggs is a player the Bears don't wanna loose either, hopefully his injury isn't to serious, I see the Bears put linebacker Patrick Trahan on the 53 man roster, insurance for Briggs I'm betting. I'm also betting we'll see a healthy dose of Michael Bush, my hope is the ankle injury won't effect Matt Forte's ability to cut, which is his strength as a runner.

Heres an idea, now that Kellen Davis is injured, why not give Kyle Adams a shot at tight end? Just an opinion now GO BEARS!!

That is a good many player dinged up; I hope that does not spell disaster for the Bears. I think the Seahawks are vulnerable in a number of areas, but Cutler needs protection to take advaantage of those weak spots. I'm not sure Bush can be all that effective against them; they tend to bunch up and stop powert runners pretty effectively. Quick cuts out of the pack work better, and Forte is a better option there for screens or outside runs. The problem is those twop big safeties. If they are not taken out because they are covering tight ends, then they can close off those corner routes too darned effectively, or they can blitz and wreak havoc if the tight ends are not kept in to help block. The offense is going to have to play at top level and get some help from the special teams for the Bears o come away with a comfortable win. I think the game is going to be close with the home field advantage being the deciding factor. Bears 21-17.

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