Backup Plan

At this point it is in doubt if Jim Miller will be ready to start Sunday. The Bears starting quarterback suffered a hip pointer injury during the second quarter against San Francisco.

"Jimmy's pretty sore today. All of our guys that got bumps and bruises yesterday; they're all sore today. We won't know a whole lot more until Wednesday on almost all of them."

Miller tried to come out for the second half, but was unable to continue. Shane Matthews performed well in the backup role throwing for 166 yards on 25/31 and three touchdowns, which aided a Bears comeback victory.

Avoiding another QB controversy Jauron said that Miller would start against Cleveland, if he's cleared by the medical staff.

"We won't decide obviously until we see how Jimmy is, but if Jimmy's healthy Jimmy will start."

If Miller can't play then Matthews would be the starter, which is not a bad backup plan considering he has started two games this year is a proven veteran.

" Jimmy and Shane have been here for three years. They've both played outstanding football for us. We have a lot of confidence in Shane and in Jimmy I have a tremendous amount of confidence in. Hopefully Jim will be healthy and we'll go on. But if he's not, that's what Shane is there for right now. He stepped in on Sunday and that was really a phenomenal performance."

On the Mend:
Mike Brown sprained his left knee during the first half of Sunday's game, but was able to return in time to score the winning touchdown. He received treatment on the knee after the game, but the injury wasn't severe enough to have an MRI taken. Brown practiced on Monday and said he expects to be in the lineup against the Browns.

Still Around:
The Bears will have the services of Daimon Shelton for at least one more game. The fullback has been granted an extension to appeal his four game suspension for failing a random test for steroids and related substances.

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