Alex Brown Reunion Appears Unlikely

The Bears are not showing any interest in defensive end Alex Brown even though the team is thin at the position. Plus a full rookie report, an update on the Soldier Field sod and more.

Former Chicago Bears DE Alex Brown, who played the past two seasons in New Orleans, was cut by the Saints on Tuesday, but the Bears did not seem interested.

"Alex Brown is a lifetime friend," coach Lovie Smith said. "I was planning on pulling for him 15 games this season. (But) we like our guys we have right now. There's great competition with the guys we have on the roster right now."

--After Thursday night's final preseason game, Soldier Field's notoriously inadequate playing surface will be re-sodded in time for the Bears' season opener on Sept. 11 against the Falcons.

Quarterback Jay Cutler is quite excited to play on the new surface.

"I'm sure it's going to be pristine," he said, smirking.

--The Bears had just three sacks in the first three preseason games, all by backup Amobi Okoye, an unrestricted free agent and former 10th overall pick of the Houston Texans.


Rd. 1/29, OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin - Was installed as the starting ORT almost immediately and is a physical force in the run game, and coaches are happy with his work ethic and attitude, but his pass protection needs refinement and improvement.

Rd. 2/53, DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State - Has struggled some to learn both the NT and 3-technique positions but seems more at home at the 3, where he has good strength and decent quickness.

Rd. 3/93, S Chris Conte, California - Strictly a backup at this point who will have to make stronger contributions than he has so far on special teams if he wants to see the field.

Round 5/160, QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho - A project who is a Mike Martz favorite but will be brought along slowly, although he could challenge inconsistent No. 2 Caleb Hanie by the end of the season.

Round 6/195, LB J.T. Thomas, West Virginia - Got significant playing time with the ones and twos in training camp because of the Bears' lack of depth and injuries to others. Will be asked to play a big role on special teams.

BY THE NUMBERS: 14 - NFL-record combined kick-return touchdowns by Devin Hester, including three last season. He reached that mark in just 76 games and 291 chances; Brian Mitchell, who is second with 13 kick-return TD's, played in 223 games and had 1,070 chances.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was the first preseason game that I thought all five front guys played well enough for us to have a chance to win the game offensively." --OL coach Mike Tice after the third preseason game, a 14-13 loss to the Titans.

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