Bears without favorite Book

Things are bad enough in the Bears camp without numerous players questionable for this weekend's match-up with the Lions. The news got a little worse on Thursday as the team found out that <!--Default NodeId For Marty Booker is 722190,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722190]>Marty Booker</A> has been ruled out of the contest with an ankle injury.

This will be the second straight game the Bears will be without the services of their best receiver. Although Booker hasn't put up his usual numbers, averaging 12.3 yards on 16 receptions, that could turnaround with Chris Chandler at quarterback.

Booker will be joined by Ahmad Merritt, who is out with a sprained neck meaning rookies Bobby Wade and Justin Gage will be active for a second straight week.

The duo capitalized on a brief opportunity to play last week, each coming up with a third down conversion reception. The fact that Chandler is the quarterback should help get them involved. The trio worked extensively on the scout team.

"Chris has probably thrown more balls to those two guys than any other quarterback on our team, so I think that is helpful," Shoop said. "It's interesting that a guy like Justin Gage comes into the game out of nowhere and has four balls thrown to him, some of them down the field. Chris has quite a rapport with those guys having worked with them quite a bit, so I think that helps them as well."

Backfield in motion
The running back situation is still up in the air. Anthony Thomas and Adrian Peterson are still listed as questionable leaving Brock Forsey and Rabih Abdullah to split the carries.

"(Abdullah) B will still get the third down plays because he's done a nice job there in terms of protection," coach Dick Jauron said. "In our base package, it could be split. Brock could get the higher portion of those, but it will just depend on where we're leaning, what runs hopefully are successful because we've got to try to establish a run game against this football team."

FB Stanley Pritchett could also factor in the run game as he has been given the ball more over the past few weeks with some success. He has two touchdowns in the last three games and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Injury report
Along with Thomas and Peterson, the Bears still have five others players listed as questionable on the injury report. Starting TE Desmond Clark hasn't practice this week.

Dustin Lyman has been taking the bulk of the snaps as John Gilmore has been worked into the rotation. Stanley Pritchett has also been used as a tight end on occasion.

A day after Keith Traylor practiced the team held him out of work Thursday and will be re-evaluated Friday.

Mike Green has been upgraded to probable with a groin injury.

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