Opportunity Knocks

While the Bears are still holding out hope that <!--Default NodeId For Marty Booker is 722190,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722190]>Marty Booker</A> will be able to play this weekend, but the receiver hasn't been able to practice this week.

If Booker can't go than the Bears would start David Terrell, who will split time with Ahmad Merritt.

Terrell is clearly frustrated with his role within the Bears offense and it came to a head last week when he caught just one ball at New Orleans despite Booker missing the bulk of a game because an injured ankle. On three occasions Terrell went up for balls that were thrown out of bounds by Kordell Stewart.

It seemed obvious that the balls weren't catchable, but not everyone saw it the same way.

"Last week he played pretty well, there were just a couple plays where he didn't leave enough room for the ball to be thrown in bounds to him," Coach Dick Jauron said. "So he learned that last week."

Terrell has been largely ignored in his three seasons with the Bears despite showing occasional flashes of greatness. Terrell had seven catches for 48 yards in Game Three vs. the Packers, but he has three catches for 25 yards in the other four games combined.

Merritt had his first catch of the season last week, a 22-yarder. He was removed from the kickoff-return job earlier in the season after averaging just 20.3 yards on 20 attempts.

The eighth pick in the 2001 draft will get a glimpse of what he could be doing in Seattle. Koren Robinson went one slot after Terrell. His professional numbers have dwarfed the production or lack there of by Terrell.

"Of course I'm frustrated being the eighth-pick and all, and having to wait and wait, but his situation is not mine and mine is not his. Right now I'm faced with a different role," Terrell said.

The former Michigan product has 10 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in five games this season.

"Hopefully it will present more balls coming my way," Terrell said. "With that said, I've got to get it and do something with it, which I am going to do. I've been waiting a long time. If I get a chance to do something, I'm going to be ready."

With Booker questionable on the Injury List there is a chance that one or both of the rookie receivers might be active on Sunday.

Bobby Wade and Justin Gage have been getting a very limited amount of reps in practice with the first team, but could be called upon vs. Seattle. Wade hasn't been active since fumbling a punt since Week 1, while Gage hasn't played a down this season.


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