MRI reveals Robinson is MIA

The Bears 24-0 victory in Cincinnati came with a heavy price. Marcus Robinson's MRI revealed he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medical collateral ligament, which will require season ending surgery. The procedure will be performed within the next two weeks leaving Robinson with 8-12 months of rehabilitation.

The receiver was struck near the sidelines by both safety Darryl Williams and linebacker Brian Simmons at the end of a 23-yard pass play.

``When I fell down, I knew something was wrong,'' said Robinson, who was told by team medical personnel to get up. ``When I stood up, I was like, `no, something is definitely wrong.' ''

He left the field on a golf cart.

Robinson finished the season with 23 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. His speed and size forced opposing teams to respect his big-play capability.

A fourth-round draft pick in 1997; Robinson struggled to make an immediate impact. However, the 6-3 receiver emerged into the teams big-play maker in 1999 setting a new record with 1,400 receiving yards on 84 receptions. Robinson was having a solid follow-up campaign in 2000 before missing the final five games of the season due to injuries. Despite a shortened season Robinson again led the team with 738 yards on 55 catches.

Robinson was placed on the Reserve/Injured list creating a spot on the active roster for defensive end Joe Tafoya.

Dez White will start in place of Robinson leaving David Terrell behind Marty Booker on the depth chart at flanker. Compensating for Robinson's loss will obviously be difficult, but Jauron said the team is better prepared this year compared to last season.

"We're better. We're very young at that position, wide receiver, but we think we're talented and we thought we had decent depth and we still believe that. Now they still have to step up and play. The young guys have to play. But so far they've done that. And we have no reason to believe they won't. There's going to be a lot of pressure for them to do it and I think they'll like that. They'll welcome that."

The core handled Robinson's absence against Cincinnati. Terrell had seven receptions for 91 yards. Booker had six receptions including a 13 yard score, while White, who has struggled to hang on to the ball, came up with a difficult third down reception.

D'Wayne Bates will suit up as the fourth wideout after being inactive for each of the five games this season. At this point the team has no plans to sign another receiver, but could move Ahmad Merritt from the practice squad to the active roster.

When questioned about David Terrell starting at the X Jauron explained the position is completely different from the flanker.

"I know it's difficult for a lot of people to understand but that's not the position he plays. It's not. He didn't play Marcus' position on Sunday and caught seven balls. David will be a big part of our offense. He'll get a lot of opportunities. He'll get more opportunities now."

Terrell, who has never lacked confidence, said he is ready to step in. "It's going to be a great challenge for me. I'm eager, I'm excited and I'm going to do my best to go out there and make some plays. Somebody's got to step up. It might as well be me."

Terrell played flanker at Michigan and Jauron said a move to the X would be radical.

"It is a position change. That's exactly what it is, a position change. Will we rule it out totally? No, we won't totally rule it out. We'd like to stay away from it if we can. But make no mistake; David Terrell is going to play a lot. He's going to be on the field a lot and he's going to play well and he'll get the ball."

Jauron said the offense would use more three-receiver sets, which will allow Terrell to get on the field.

Booker leads the team with 30 receptions is maturing into the Bears play-making receiver.

``I feel I have the speed to get deep,'' Booker said. ``It's just a matter of throwing the ball deep to me."

Jauron proclaims all Bear wideouts to be deep threats.

"Well Marty is a deep threat, definitely Dez is a deep threat and we think David is a deep threat. So we've got all those guys. And I wouldn't rule out D'Wayne Bates either."

The Bears also re-signed tight end Adam Young to the practice squad after waiving him from the practice squad on Oct. 16.

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