Change in plans

Playing on the offensive line is often called grunt work, but among the five spots the most talked about is the one that protects the quarterback's blindside. <!--Default NodeId For Marc Colombo is 722208,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722208]>Marc Colombo</A> looked to be the Bears left tackle of the future when he started five games there last season before going down with a gruesome knee injury.

Colombo had a minor setback this offseason as he had to undergo a second procedure to cleanup the knee. Although, Colombo admits it was frustrating to miss the team's mini-camp his past experience has prepared him mentally.

"I went through a little bit last year, so I know how to deal with it now," Colombo said. "It's not going to get my knee any better to sit here and pout about not being at practice. So, my objective now is to just come in and get my knee better for the season."

The Bears decided to name Mike Gandy the starting left tackle because they wanted Kordell Stewart to be able to build a relationship with someone at that position. Meaning Colombo will start on the right side, a position he played the majority of his college career.

However, that doesn't mean Colombo has given up on playing left tackle.

"I think I'm versatile enough to play either side," Colombo said. "I think it's an attribute to be able to play left or right, but in the long run it doesn't matter to me which side I'm on."

Colombo should be ready to practice by training camp, which is scheduled to start July 25.


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