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The Bears haven't had a tight reach the 40 the catch plateau since 1997, but Desmond Clark is making a run at that number and more with four game s left in the season.

BOOK CATCHES UP ON THE CHARTS: For the fourth consecutive week since returning from three weeks on the sidelines due to an injured right ankle, wide receiver Marty Booker led the Bears with five catches (44 yards) against the Cardinals. Booker has grabbed at least a share of the team reception-lead in six of his nine games played this year while leading in receiving yards on three occasions. Chicago's Pro Bowl wideout now ranks third on the team with 34 catches this season while remaining second with 380 receiving yards and tied for second with two TD catches. On Nov. 16 vs. St. Louis, Booker passed James Scott (3,202 from 1976-80, ‘82) for ninth place on the franchise all-time receiving yardage list and now has 3,349 receiving yards for his career.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME: Marty Booker 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 34 catches on the season, giving him 297 for his career and leaving him six grabs from passing Anderson's total of 302 from 1986-93. With three more catches, Booker will become the sixth Bear overall and just the third wide receiver in team history to record 300 receptions in a Chicago uniform.

BOOKER GAINING GRABS: Marty Booker continued his drive towards becoming Chicago's model of consistency among all-time receivers as his team-high five catches against Arizona extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 54, ranking second in franchise history. Booker passed the 49-game streak of Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka for the second spot in Bears history on Oct. 12 at New Orleans. The current team record for consecutive games played with at least one reception is 57 by Bobby Engram 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 on pace to break Engram's record on Dec. 28 in the 2003 season-finale at Kansas City.

WHITE HOT LEADER: Bears wide receiver Dez White caught four passes for 55 yards with a 10-yard touchdown and a long of 29 yards on Sunday against Arizona and remains atop the team receiving charts on the season with 44 catches, 516 yards and three touchdown catches. White has led the team in receiving yardage in four games this year while holding at least a share of the lead in receptions on four occasions. The fourth-year wideout is now eight catches shy of setting of setting a career-high and with just two more receptions will have the second-highest total of his career. White's 2003 yardage total already ranks as the second highest of his career and with 141 more yards will set a new personal best in that category as well.

40 CLARK STREET: TE Desmond Clark helped the Bears gain yards in the middle of the field on Sunday by catching three passes for 19 yards with a long of 10. Already posting the second-highest reception total of his career while currently ranking second on Chicago's roster with 35 catches, Clark is on pace to be the first Chicago tight end to catch 40 passes in a season since Ryan Wetnight caught 46 for 464 yards in 1997. With 15 catches over the final four games, the former collegiate wide receiver would become the first Bears tight end to catch 50 since Mike Ditka caught his Bears-tight end record 75 passes for 867 yards in 1964.

TAKING IT BACK: With his career-high extending third interception of the season against Arizona, starting cornerback Jerry Azumah tied fellow starting cornerback Charles Tillman for the team lead Sunday. Azumah had been tied with Mike Brown for second on the team and cornerback R.W. McQuarters got even with both of them on Sunday by picking off his second pass of the season and fashioning a 29-yard return that setup a Bears touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Azumah got his and a six-yard return later in the quarter for his second in three games and the fifth of his career, giving the Bears 12 INTs for the season, three more than their total for all of 2002. The last Bears rookie to lead the team in picks was Mark Carrier when he set the team rookie-record with 10 INTs in 1990.

DOWNTOWN ALEX BROWN: Bears starting right defensive end Alex Brown is proving himself as an all-around defensive end in his second NFL season as he leads the team with a career-high 3.5 sacks and ranks second overall on the team with a career-high 65 tackles and 51 solos. Brown had three tackles against Arizona, including one TFL and his fourth career fumble recovery. Brown tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries as a rookie last year. The second-year man had sacks in consecutive games for the first time in his career at DET (11/9) and vs. STL (11/16). The Florida product leads the d-line in tackles and with six tackles for loss. At Detroit on Nov. 9, Brown had a career-high three TFLs, one PBU and a forced fumble that gave him his first sack in six games. Brown shared the team-tackle lead for the first time in his career with his effort against the Lions as well.

TACKLE BY URLACHER: Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher led the Bears with double-digit tackles for the second consecutive week on Sunday, totaling 12 (nine solos and one TFL) against Arizona. The three-time Pro Bowler registered a season-high 13 tackles at Denver in Week 12. That total was the most for Urlacher since posting 13 tackles (11 solos) last year vs. Tampa Bay (12/29). With 115 tackles on the season, Urlacher is currently on pace to record the third-highest tackle total of his career after notching a career-high and team-record 214 last season. Urlacher has topped 100 tackles in each of his four seasons in the NFL and currently leads the team in total tackles, solo tackles (85) and tackles for loss (nine). Urlacher has held at least a share of the team tackle lead in seven of 12 games this season and over Chicago's last 38 games, Urlacher has paced the squad on 29 occasions, including 14 of 16 in 2002. Urlacher has a large margin in the overall team tackle lead with a 50- tackle cushion over runner-up and the leader among the defensive line, Alex Brown (65). Third on the team is the team's rookie leader, linebacker Lance Briggs with 62. Following him is a three-way tie for fourth among three members of the secondary. RCB Jerry Azumah, free safety Mike Brown and rookie LCB Charles Tillman each have compiled 59 on the season. Azumah leads that group with 42 solo tackles.


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