Rookie goes down

<!--Default NodeId For Cameron Worrell is 819525,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:819525]>Cameron Worrell</A> had been one of the best stories on the Bears, but the undrafted free agent is expected to miss three to four weeks after having arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

"Hopefully that'll be all right," said Coach Dick Jauron. "We'll be optimistic and hope he's back sooner."

The injury occurred during kick coverage against the Minnesota Vikings. Of the Bears 11 rookies on the 53-man roster, Worrell had been among those getting the most time on the field.

"I like the way he plays, he plays hard," Jauron said.

Worrell first impressed the coaching staff for his physical play during training camp. He finished the preseason in stellar fashion, returning a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown against the New England Patriots. The Fresno State product was the only undrafted free agent to make the team.

"There is a guy that came in with very little expectations on our part that he would make our football team to be perfectly honest," Jauron said of Worrell making the 53-man roster. "We knew he was a good college player, but he was not a guy that we thought was a shoo-in by any stretch of the imagination. As much as anybody on this team, this young man deserves to be here. Every single time we put him on the field all he did was make plays, whether it was special teams or defense and not just make them, he looked like a guy that loves to play football, and that's what we're looking for. I give him a lot of credit."

The battle to fill Worrell's spot on special teams is open. The candidates include Brock Williams and Bobby Wade, who was inactive for the Vikings game fumbling a punt in Week 1.

"Those are possibilities," Jauron said. "Cameron won't be active this week. We'll have to look at all those potential guys. We'll consider them all."

Bobbie Howard is also nursing a sore hamstring. He missed time during the Vikings game, while he should be ready to play against Green Bay the linebacker will not work a lot the remainder of the week.

The Bears released G Shane Grice from the practice squad and signed G Qasim Mitchell in his place.

Mitchell, a 2002 undrafted free agent, joins the Bears after spending his rookie campaign on the Cleveland Browns Injured Reserve list. The 6-6, 355 pounder out of North Carolina A&T was at training camp with the Browns, released and signed to the practice squad when Cleveland released him against on September 12.

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