In limbo

Chris Chandler didn't practice Wednesday so Kordell Stewart took the majority of the reps. There's a chance Chandler could still start, but at this point the situation is unclear.

"That decision probably will be made late in the week, very late in the week," Coach Dick Jauron said.

Chandler will probably sit out practice Thursday and is questionable with a right shoulder injury that he suffered when a Denver defender took him down during the second quarter of the Bears 19-10 victory over Denver.

"It feels better, just a matter of getting stiffness out of there and hopefully it will loosen up today and tomorrow. Hopefully Friday I'll be able to do something," Chandler said. "I get a lot of mental reps. I'm not worrying about practice"

Is that enough to warrant a start?

"I'd like to see him practice tomorrow but I know he's still got some stiffness there, but fortunately they said there's not any structural damage so we'll see where that thing goes," Jauron said. "At least a day of practice (would be enough preparation), but a guy that's got 16 years of experience and has worked through the course of the season."

It most situations there is a distinct drop off between the starter and backup, but in this case Chandler (62.3) and Kordell Stewart (55.3) have two of the lowest passer ratings of any active quarterbacks this season.

Despite being demoted Stewart has handled himself as a pro. He knows if even he starts that the job is Chandler's and ultimately Rex Grossman's.

"Patience is a virtue in life, and before I allow this game to become bigger than that, I'll have to sit back and take a deep breath because life is more important and I think everything is relative to that," Stewart said. " If you come here based on someone else controlling the atmosphere, whether it be the ownership or the coaches, and me get upset because of a decision that's made, I think it would take me out of my own character."

Award Winner
Paul Edinger has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his four field goal effort vs. Denver, which included a 54-yard conversion that tied his career long.

"He kicked the ball really well," Jauron said. "It was a big boost for our special teams."

It's the second time this season that Edinger has won the award. A 48-yard walk-off kick against Oakland in Week 5, which gave the Bears their first victory of the year. During his four-year career it's the third time Edinger has been given the honor.

Thanks to the return tandem of Jerry Azumah and R.W. McQuarters combined to give the Bears their best average field position of the year of their own 39-yard line, while Denver's was their 22. The advantage marks the fifth straight game in which Chicago has won the field position battle.

"I thought the entire special teams units played well in Denver," Jauron said. "We have to continue that obviously to have any chance of success."

More Hardware
Edinger wasn't the only Bear to win an award on Wednesday. Charles Tillman won the Rookie of the Week honor by an online fan poll for his performance against Denver. The cornerback recorded six tackles and one sack.

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