Uncertainty to Bears advantage

The Bears uncertainty at quarterback has been a hindrance through 12 games, but the fact that Green Bay doesn't know who to prepare for could prove to be an advantage.

Dick Jauron refused to say whether Kordell Stewart or Chris Chandler would start when the Bears face the Packers.

"We feel real comfortable with our two veteran quarterbacks and to be perfectly honest about it, they're different, so you have to prepare for them differently," Jauron said Monday. "We would just as soon take advantage of that so that's the way we'll proceed through the week and we'll make a decision later in the week."

Stewart is coming off his best game of the season but tried to downplay any controversy.

"Once again, Chris is the starter," Stewart said after throwing for 284 yards, his fifth-best passing total ever. "He hurt his shoulder and he's been given the job and it was my responsibility as a backup to just come in and do what I was supposed to do."

A sore right shoulder prevented Chandler from starting and his availability this weekend isn't clear. Even if he's healthy and ready to go it would be hard to sit Stewart following a three touchdown (2 passing, 1 rushing) performance vs. Arizona a week after leading a second half comeback in relief duty.

"I'm confident in both Kordell and Chris, and I like the fact that an opponent will have to prepare a little differently, even if it just takes a couple snaps away from their practice that's a plus for us," Jauron said.

While Anthony Thomas "has a good chance," to be back in the starting lineup this week after missing Sunday's game with viral pneumonia according to Coach Dick Jauron, the Bears have whole different issue on the offensive line.

Two starters could be out with injuries and a patchwork line is something the Bears are likely going to have to overcome to win in Green Bay.

RT Aaron Gibson is not expected to play this week after leaving Sunday's game with what was originally called a sprained right knee but could wind up being worse when he is re-evaluated.

OL Steve Edwards, who has started all 12 games at left guard, will probably move to right tackle this week, as he did Sunday, if Aaron Gibson (knee) cannot play.

Corbin Lacina would replace Edwards if he has to slide over to right tackle for Gibson.

RG Chris Villarrial (torn oblique muscle) is day-to-day but is probably doubtful this week. He was questionable last week and had to leave Sunday's game during the Bears' first possession.

OG Terrence Metcalf would replace Chris Villarrial if he is out this week.


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