The injury front

The Bears wrapped up their preparation for the Rams with a workout Friday. Olin Kreutz returned to practice, but his status for Sunday has yet to be determined.

"Olin will be a game day decision but as far as this morning, he looked okay," said Coach Dick Jauron. "He shared time with Josh (Warner). I know that yesterday he said he felt better than he did a week a go. Once again, we'll have to wait and see because you never know."

Olin Kreutz is expected to start vs. the Rams. For some reason if he can't go or needs to be replaced during the game the duties would go to Josh Warner. The Bears would like to stick with either Kreutz or Warner once the game starts because of the center-quarterback exchange.

"It's not something you'd like to do ideally, but it could be done," Jauron said.

Jerry Azumah and Marty Booker have both been taken off of the injured list, while Cameron Worrell (ankle) has been upgraded to probable. Adrian Peterson (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful.

The Rams kick return coverage ranks 31st in the league, which could mean the NFL's leading kick return could have another good day. Azumah has an average of 30.6 yards per return.

In his return last week, Booker caught four balls for 36 yards. In his three-week absence several other receivers stepped up their game, particularly Justin Gage and Bobby Wade.

The pressure on Booker to be the go-to guy isn't what it has been in previous years considering the depth at receiver the Bears have displayed over the past month.

"I don't know if we need Marty to step up and be the go to guy as much as we need to get the ball in the end zone," Jauron said. "If we have 7, 8 guys who can catch 3 or 4 passes each and score each time, that would be outstanding."

"Marty has been that kind of a guy for us. Unfortunately he has been on the sidelines for a while. Last week he was back for us. He'll be less rusty this week and more ready because he has been playing."

Roster Move
The Bears released WR Jimmy Fryzel from the practice squad Thursday and signed RB Dwone Hicks in his place. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hicks, who was released from the Titans 53-man roster on Wednesday (11/12), was signed by Tennessee as an undrafted free agent on April 28. The 5-9, 222 pounder out of Middle Tennessee State set school records in touchdowns scored (63) and points (358) and was one of only two backs in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.

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