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Marty Booker has been among the best receivers in the game over the past two seasons, but injuries and inconsistent quarterback play has made many forget the receiver rewriting the Bears history books.

BOOK CATCHES UP ON THE CHARTS: Wide receiver Marty Booker returned to Chicago's lineup at Detroit after a three-week injury hiatus and grabbed at least a share of the team-lead in receptions for the third time this season with four catches for 36 yards. Currently fourth on the Bears in receptions with 20 and third in receiving yards with 233, Booker tied James Scott for ninth place on the all-time franchise receiving yardage list on Sunday as his yardage total against the Lions gives him 3,202 for his career. Scott had that total is six seasons (1976-80, 82). Next up for Booker is the 3,550 yard-total of Dick Gordon who earned his eighth-ranked total on 238 catches from 1965-71. Booker is currently 349 yards from passing Gordon.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME: Marty Booker also stands to move up at least one spot on Chicago's all-time receptions list this season as he has spent the entire year ranked sixth on the chart, but is nearing Neal Anderson's fifth-place total. Booker now has 20 catches on the season, giving him 283 for his career and leaving him 20 grabs from passing Anderson's total of 302 from 1986-93.

BOOKER GAINING GRABS: The first catch of the Lions game by Marty Booker on Sunday only went for a two yard gain, but moved him one game closer to equaling the franchise record for consecutive games with at least one reception. Booker missed Chicago's last three games due to a sprained right ankle, but has now caught a pass in each of the last 51 games in which he has played. In his last game, Oct. 12 at New Orleans, the fifth year wideout passed Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka for the second-longest catch streak in Bears history at 50 games. Bobby Engram currently holds the team record with at least one catch in 57 straight games from Oct. 6, 1996 to Sept. 17, 2000. Booker began his streak the week after Engram's ended, catching five passes for 56 yards vs. Detroit on Sept. 24, 2000 after being inactive the week before. The Northeast Louisiana product is now on pace to break Engram's team record in the 2003 season-finale at Kansas City on Dec. 28.

TRAIN ON TRACK: Bears running back Anthony Thomas has been Chicago's top offensive weapon in 2003, leading the team with 569 rushing yards on 124 carries and three rushing touchdowns despite missing two games due to a foot injury. Thomas is averaging 100.2 rushing yards per game over his last five outings, boosting his rushing rankings to 18th in the NFL in yards, 21st in carries, and tied for 11th with a 4.6 yard per carry average. In his return to the Bears starting lineup vs. San Diego on Nov. 2, Thomas produced his third 100-yard game of the season and the first two-TD game of his NFL career with 111 yards and a pair of one-yard scoring runs among a season-high 31 carries. Michigan's all-time record holder with 22 games with at least 100 rushing yards in college, now has done so on eight occasions as a member of the Bears.

NOW ARRIVING AT PLATFORM 10: Anthony Thomas was held to his lowest rushing output of the last six games on Sunday at Detroit, but his 61-yard total did allow him to move past Bobby Douglass for sole possession of 10th place on the franchise's all-time rushing list. Thomas, the third-fastest Bear to rush for 2,000 career yards, now has 2,473 rushing yards during his time in Chicago. Douglass, the Bears all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks, rushed for 2,470 yards from 1968-75. Thomas now stands 306 yards from passing Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski (2,778 from 1930-37, 43) for ninth on the franchise list after beginning the season ranked 17th all-time in Chicago's rushing annals.

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