"In warm-ups he just did not feel good," Jauron said. "He said he didn't feel like he could open up and run and so we decided that we weren't going to risk it out there."
Bobby Gray impressed most with his physical play during his rookie campaign, but it was cut short by a dislocated wrist.
When he returned for spring practices he looked like the same player. Hitting anyone that went up for a pass. That carried over to first game action of the year against the Lions.
Although Gray was flagged for a personal foul penalty for hitting Joey Harrington late, his aggressiveness is something that makes receivers think twice about going up for a ball over the middle. Just ask Az-Zahir Hakim, who didn't know where he was after Gray leveled him breaking up a potential completion.
"Bobby played pretty well, but Michael is our starter right now and hopefully we can get him back healthy," Coach Dick Jauron said. "Bobby certainly made a number of big hits in the football game and it's great to get experience for all of those young players when you win doing it because it will help you some time."
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Jerry Azumah was nominated for the NFL Play of the Week for his 89-yard kickoff return-touchdown against the Detroit Lions. To vote for Azumah's return-touchdown visit www.nfl.com/playoftheweek through Thursday at eleven.
Azumah is the first player from the Chicago Bears to be nominated for this award. The other nominated plays were: the Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh) 84-yard punt-return touchdown, the Frank Walker (N.Y. Giants) game-sealing interception, the Joe Horn (New Orleans) 14-yard touchdown reception form Aaron Brooks and the Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) 57-yard touchdown reception from Peyton Manning.
Also at NFL.com, fans can vote for cornerback Charles Tillman as the "Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week." Tillman came up with his first NFL interception, which set up the Bears' first touchdown.