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Marshall wants to face Seattle’s best

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 28, 2012 – 4:40 pm

Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But the appeals they filed won’t be heard this week, meaning both will play Sunday against the Bears.

And that’s just fine with receiver Brandon Marshall, a physical 6-5, 230-pounder who is eager to see how he fares against the 6-4 Browner and the 6-3 Sherman.

“It’s different because it’s not what we call the prototypical corner,” Marshall said. “They present some different challenges, but I am excited about this match-up. I am happy they are playing. I am really excited they are playing. That’s good for the game, and I am ready to compete.”

There’s little doubt that quarterback Jay Cutler will continue to target Marshall, whose 81 receptions are 59 more than the Bears’ next wide receiver, Earl Bennett, who has 22. But the size the Seahawks boast at cornerback could force the Bears to make some changes.

“Brandon’s usually the biggest guy out there outside and he kind of does what he wills and throws guys around,” Cutler said. “It’s a different match-up for him. Bigger guys are going to grab, pull and get up in his face, so we’re going to have to attack it a little different. I’m going to talk to ‘B’ to see what he’s comfortable running.”

The way Marshall performed in last Sunday’s win over the Vikings, it probably wouldn’t have mattered if Minnesota’s cornerbacks were seven-feet tall. The Bears receiver caught 12 passes for 92 yards, often with defenders draped all over him.

“He’s a special player,” Cutler said. “I knew it from Denver playing with him. He makes things easy for me. He’s a competitor. He wants the ball at all times and whenever he gets in that zone I think he was in Sunday, just feed him the ball, find a way. If B’s not No. 1 in your progression, go to him anyway. He just makes it happen.”


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Six Bears sit out practice with injuries

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 28, 2012 – 4:35 pm

Six players sat out practice Wednesday as the Bears began to prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Seahawks with a padded workout.

Linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), tight end Kellen Davis (ankle), receivers Devin Hester (concussion) and Alshon Jeffery (knee), guard Chris Spencer (knee) and cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle) did not participate. Running back Matt Forte (ankle) was limited.

“We have a lot of guys that didn’t practice,” said coach Lovie Smith. “We haven’t been in that situation very often. We hadn’t been in it at all this year, but the rest of the guys had to step up, which they did.”


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Bears elevate Trahan from practice squad

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 28, 2012 – 3:54 pm

The Bears on Wednesday promoted linebacker Patrick Trahan from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and re-signed defensive end Aston Whiteside to the practice squad.

Trahan spent the first 12 weeks of last season on the Bears practice squad before recording five special teams tackles in the final five games. The 6-2, 236-pounder was waived Sept. 8 and then re-signed to the practice squad two days later, where he remained until being elevated Wednesday.

Whiteside was on the Bears practice squad the first five weeks of the season after entering the NFL this year with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent from Abilene Christian.


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Carimi didn’t sulk after getting benched

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 28, 2012 – 2:23 pm

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler praised teammate Gabe Carimi Wednesday for how the second-year pro from Wisconsin dealt with losing his starting right tackle job last week.

Rather than sulking, Carimi was ready to play when called upon last Sunday against the Vikings. After guards Chris Spencer and Lance Louis both exited with knee injuries, Carimi played the position for the first time in his career, lining up at right guard in a 28-10 win.

“It can’t be easy, especially for a young guy like that,” Cutler said. “To get [demoted] like that, it was tough on him. I talked to him. Coach [Mike] Tice talked to him. I’m sure [general manager] Phil [Emery] and some other guys talked to him. We felt like he just needed a little break.

“The NFL’s weird like that. You never know when it’s going to happen. Guys go down and now he’s back at guard. It wasn’t too long before he got back in there.

“He stepped in there and did a nice job for us, Maybe this is his position, I don’t know.”

Tice was also impressed with how Carimi responded.

“He came to me and acted with great maturity,” Tice said. “Originally he was disappointed and upset. But he bounced back and he understands this is a business and when performance is not up to expectation or performance is not up to a winning level, then changes have to be made.

“But I was glad that he kept in a good mind frame and went in there and did a nice job. He looked good pulling around there.”


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Cutler, Marshall surprised by Allen hit

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 28, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Having played against Jared Allen twice a year in the AFC West, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall agreed that the cheap shot the Vikings defensive end delivered last Sunday was out of character.

On Antoine Winfield’s interception return early in the second half, Allen launched himself into the head of Bears guard Lance Louis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on the play. The NFL has reportedly fined Allen $21,000 for the illegal hit.

“He’s not that type of player,” Cutler said. “I was surprised by it, to be honest. He’s not that type of guy. He plays extremely hard. He usually does things the right way. I’ve always respected him. It kind of caught me off guard.

“You look at the play and he hit him in the head. He did all of the things he shouldn’t do. Whether there’s a fine, it’s going to be up to the league office. But I don’t think it’s indicative of the player or person he is.”

As Broncos teammates, Cutler and Marshall played two games a year in 2006-07 against Allen, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chiefs before being traded to the Vikings in 2008.

“He has always been a competitor and a good sport, so that shocked me seeing that play,” Marshall said. “I know he plays aggressive and he plays physical, so I wasn’t surprised by him cracking back. But to launch at Lance’s head, that was a little shocking.”

On Monday, coach Lovie Smith and defensive end Israel Idonije called the block “unnecessary.”


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