Limping to the Finish

While the Bears have been playing better of late, their goal of finishing the season 8-8 could be impeded by not only Kansas City but a list of several banged up players.

"We're going to prepare the guys that can play and we're going to go out there and play the best game we can possibly play and that's our goal and that's what we intend to do," said Coach Dick Jauron.

Marty Booker (toe), Desmond Clark (toe), Justin Gage (knee), John Gilmore (head), Ian Scott (ankle), Keith Traylor (knee) and Dez White (knee) all missed practice Tuesday.

The Bears starting offensive line practiced together for the first time in two weeks as Mike Gandy returned to work. With Qasim Mitchell done for the year because of a broken right leg and Gandy's health still in doubt the Bears may wind up with Edwards closing out the season at left tackle.

Gage suffered a left knee sprain after catching four passes for 42 yards. He and Rex Grossman had forged a relationship since training camp with Gage's absence and White likely out Bobby Wade moves up to the third receiver slot.

"It should be a little more exciting for me," Wade said. "It's unfortunate for the reasons, but it will be a good opportunity for me to show something on the outside."

With the Bears down to four receivers the team decided to make a roster move.

Mike Green (groin) Mitchell (leg) were both placed on Injured Reserve to open up room to add two players to the 53-man roster. Chicago signed wide receiver Daryl Jones and guard Bryan Anderson with the additional roster spots. Both contracts were for three years.

Green started eight games at strong safety for the Bears this season but was inactive for four games with a groin injury. He recorded 48 tackles, two passes defended, a half a sack and his first career interception this season.

Mitchell was signed to the Bears practice squad Sept. 17 and to the 53-man roster on Nov. 15, playing in three games with two starts at left tackle before fracturing his fibula (leg) last week versus Washington.

Jones was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft, played in 13 games with six starts in 2002 and was released by the Giants following training camp prior to the start of the 2003 season (8/31). The 5-9, 190 pounder out of Miami (Fla.) had seven receptions for 82 yards for the Giants in 2002, returned 10 kickoffs for 195 yards with a long return of 31 yards and had six punt returns for 28 yards with a long of 17.

Anderson, Chicago's seventh-round selection in the 2003 draft, had been a member of the Bears practice squad since the beginning of the season. The 6-4, 325 pounder out of Pittsburgh started 45 of 46 games at right guard for the Panthers during his four-year collegiate career, earning all-Big East honors as a senior after being named a freshman all-America in 1999.

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