Season opener looming

After getting the 53-man roster set the Bears turned their attention to the <!--Default NodeId For San Francisco 49ers is 121,2003--><A HREF=>San Francisco 49ers</A>. Chicago needs to get off to a good start and going up against the NFL's best receiver in <!--Default NodeId For Terrell Owens is 789185,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:789185]>Terrell Owens</A> won't be an easy task.

"I don't rank receivers, but this guy's a great challenge for anybody, clearly," said head coach Dick Jauron.

R.W. McQuarters and Jerry Azumah will have the honor of trying to slow Owens, who has 42 touchdowns over the past three seasons.

"He's a big receiver, he's physical and can catch the ball well. He has all the great tools that you need to be a good receiver in this league." Azumah said of Owens. "But we can't worry too much about that. We have to be worried about what we're going to do on defense and worry about executing our defense."

Jeff Garcia has been slowed by injury during the preseason, but will be ready to go against the Bears in the season opener. Steve Mariucci is gone and Dennis Erickson is the new head coach, but this team is still primed for another postseason run.

"They're still a very good football team, obviously a playoff football team and we'll be fighting for our lives out there," Jauron said.

The Bears signed four players to the practice squad Monday. Bryan Anderson, Chris Demaree, Shane Grice and Jason McKie were with the team until the final cut down. The Bears can still sign one more player to round out the five-man practice squad.

Number changes for several players also went into effect. Cameron Worrell is now 24, Ian Scott 95, Justin Gage 87 and Lance Briggs 55.

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