Stewart out, Chandler in

Please don't say there's another quarterback controversy. But struggling Bears quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 664678,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:664678]>Kordell Stewart</A> was listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Seattle. This, ironically, happens two days after coach <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 834622,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:834622]>Dick Jauron</A> finally admitted that a change might be made under center for the 1-4 Bears.

Whether Stewart is actually hurt or not doesn't seem to matter now because Chris Chandler will be the team's starting QB against the Seahawks. Stewart, who is doubtful because of a supposedly "sore (left) leg," didn't practice Wednesday, but walked around the field in sweats and didn't show any signs of a problem in the locker room. The injury occurred in the Raiders game two weeks ago, but didn't keep Stewart from playing the entire game against the Saints on Sunday.

The usually friendly Jauron, who has wholeheartedly supported Stewart throughout a disappointing season, seemed testy when questioned about the present and future concerning the team's QB situation. Jauron was pushed on whether Chandler would actually be starting if Stewart were healthy.

"It's a question that doesn't need to be answered, really," Jauron said. "The fact is that Kordell is hurt and Chris is playing this week. ... We're trying to win one game this week and we'll address all those issues if they come up in the future."

The Bears rank 31st in the league -- or second to last -- in total offense and 30th in passing offense. Stewart has been sacked 18 times and has a quarterback rating of 56. In five games, he's completed 75 of 144 passes for 745 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stewart's two fumbles led to 10 points in the 20-13 loss to New Orleans.

"It's a situation that's not life-ending or career ending," Stewart said, downplaying the injury. "It's a situation that I tweaked it a little bit. We just want to make sure everything is fine."

It will be the first game in Stewart's nine-year career that he'll have missed because of injury. Meanwhile, Chandler, who just turned 38 this past Sunday, will see what he can do with the struggling offense. The 16-year veteran is injury-prone, and considering the Bears have had numerous problems on the offensive line, it wouldn't be a surprise if Stewart or rookie Rex Grossman see time if Chandler happens to get hurt.

"Clearly, we're not going to have as many quarterback runs, but we'll still (put) our movements in," Jauron said. "But you wouldn't want to script a lot of quarterback runs for Chris.

"In terms of throwing the ball, that's where Chris has always made his living --throwing the football."

Chandler started seven games last season, including the second to last game against Carolina on Dec. 22. But he left that game in the second quarter after suffering a concussion.

"I've mentally been trying to keep up with things. It's not that hard once you've been around the league for a while," Chandler said. "I know this offense and feel a lot more comfortable with it (than last season)."

In other news, Anthony Thomas is listed as doubtful with a foot injury suffered against the Saints. Adrian Peterson will start in Thomas' spot, but it will put even more pressure on Chandler without the threat of Thomas in the backfield. Thomas has rushed for 397 yards on 72 carries and ranks second in the NFC (fourth in the NFL) with a 5.5 yards per carry average.

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