Politically correct

Defensive end <!--Default NodeId For Phillip Daniels is 722194,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722194]>Phillip Daniels</A> spent his first four NFL seasons with the Seahawks, but he's not attaching any special significance to his first return to Seattle since signing with the Bears for five years and $24 million after the 1999 season.

"Nothing's special," he said. "I'm a Bear now and that's all that matters with me. I'm not going back there with a grudge or any hard feelings. I loved it when I was there, and they treated me with respect. I have nothing but respect for them. They gave me an opportunity to be in the NFL, and I made the most of the opportunity, and that's all I can ask for. I'm going to go out and play my game, and I'm pretty sure they're going to do the same thing."

Adrian Peterson will replace Anthony Thomas as the starting running back. Peterson, who played well at the end of last season when Thomas was out with a fractured finger, has just one carry for three yards in the past four games and only six carries for 15 yards this season.

Rabih Abdullah, who missed last week's game with a concussion after rolling his SUV and being arrested and charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and improper lane usage, should see more action backing up Peterson. Abdullah, who plays mostly on third downs, has four carries for six yards this season and four receptions for 24 yards.

Thomas is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He was hurt during the Saints game but played through it and rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries. Only afterward did Thomas experience swelling and enough soreness to eliminate him from Sunday's game.

BY THE NUMBERS: RB Anthony Thomas and QB Kordell Stewart have 608 of the Bears' 656 rushing yards this season, and neither is expected to play on Sunday.

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