On the mend

Injuries were a major reason for the Bears lack of success last year. Two of the key players heading toward 2003 are progressing in their recoveries from surgery.

Wide receiver David Terrell and defensive tackle Ted Washington are both on the mend.

Terrell had a broken foot, one of the reasons the Bears have kept wideout Marcus Robinson on their roster this long.

Washington (foot and ankle injuries), who has weighed between 360 and 390 in recent years, is always a conditioning concern when he is recovering from an injury.

"We have a schedule worked out for Ted that he lives by pretty well," said Coach Dick Jauron.

Both Washington and Terrell have worked out at Halas Hall this week.

Kevin Dogins signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. The offensive lineman spent the last two years with the Bears mostly in a backup role. However, due to injuries Dogins played in 15 games last season and started eight.

The Bears didn't offer unrestricted free agent a contract, because they have several young players ready to fill a similar role. Terrence Metcalf, Bernard Robertson and Steve Edwards can all play multiple positions.

Memorial arrangements for Ed McCaskey will be held from 1-9 p.m. Friday at Oehler Funeral Home, 555 Lee Street in Des Plaines.

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to send contributions to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.

Bears running back Anthony Thomas will appear at The Sports Authority in Crystal Lake this Saturday from 1-2pm. The two-year veteran and 2001 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will sign autographs and greet fans.

The Sports Authority is located at 6000 E. Northwest Highway, Crystal. For more information, call 815-459-5009.

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