What could have been?

The Bears had their eyes on Jake Plummer, but the quarterback decided to sign with Denver. The teams have gone in different directions since. The Bears signed Kordell Stewart and started the season 1-4 with him at the helm, while Plummer is 5-1 as the Broncos starter.

Jake Plummer debated between signing with Denver or the Bears, but in the end the Broncos coaching staff made it an easy choice for the quarterback.

"Both situations were very intriguing for me," Plummer said. "I've said it many times, coming here to work with Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak, two of the brightest offensive minds in the game, they wanted me bad and that's what the deciding factor was for me to come here and work with them."

Plummer, who missed four games with a broken metatarsal, threw three touchdowns in his return against San Diego. However the Bears defense will have to worry about more than just his arm.

"With Jake in the lineup they have a mobile quarterback and a quarterback that is accurate," said Coach Dick Jauron. "He's throwing the ball very accurately and the mobility puts a lot of stress on you. You have to account for him. You definitely have to pay attention to his fakes when he comes out of there."

Plummer has the fourth-best quarterback rating in the NFL (95.4) having completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,156 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Injury report
Chicago returned to work Wednesday without Joe Odom (groin), Alex Brown (leg) and Michael Green (groin). Brown is probable, while Green and Odom are doubtful on the injury report. Todd McMillon returned to practice after missing two games with a hand injury and is questionable for Sunday.

Dustin Lyman remains out with an abdomen injury.

Lance Briggs missed some time Sunday with back spasms that flared up before the game and bothered him off and on during the game. He also got poked in the eye and missed a couple plays, but practiced Wednesday.

News & Notes
--WR Marty Booker had five catches for 60 yards his second-best efforts in both categories in a disappointing and injury-marred season following his first Pro Bowl selection.

--TE Desmond Clark had four catches for 44 yards, his second-most-productive day as a Bear.

--WR Dez White's 11-yard TD catch was his second of the season (on 39 catches) and the seventh of his four-year NFL career (on 145 catches).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't have any answer for that." -- Bears coach Dick Jauron when asked the reason for Chris Chandler's ineffectiveness the past two weeks.

Welcome Aboard
The Bears signed DE Israel Idonije to the practice squad Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Idonije, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns on May 2, went to training camp with the Browns where he injured his right ankle and was waived injured on Sept. 30. The 6-7, 290 pounder led the Manitoba Bisons with a career high nine sacks and 31 tackles in 2002 and was named the outstanding lineman in Canadian University Football.

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