A-Train's Health Still in Doubt

Anthony Thomas participated in practice Wednesday, but he's still listed as questionable for the Packers game on Sunday. Dick Jauron said he was more optimistic about Thomas playing then he was a week ago.

"He looked pretty good to me you know he looked pretty good out there, so once again we'll just wait and see how he comes through it," Jauron said. "You know how he is 24 hours after the fact."

Phillip Daniels is also listed as questionable with a shoulder stinger, but practiced. Bryan Robinson, who hurt his knee against the Lions, was the only Bear not to practice, but said there is no way he would miss what he called the most important game of the year.

"This is Green Bay week you know nothing's keeping me out of this game," Robinson said. "It doesn't matter I'll play on Sunday. You know the coaches recognized that I needed a couple days off, so they gave me the day off you know rehab a little bit, get some ice, treatment, ride the bike loosen it up and I'll be out there Sunday.

"This the most important game we're going to play all year. We're 9-2, Green Bay's 8-3 so you know this is for a number one spot. They already won a bonus because they beat us here, so we are going to try to make our little streak three in a row at Lambeau."

NOTEABLE: For the second time this season, free safety Mike Brown has been named NFC Defensive player of the Week. He earns the honor following his performance against Detroit where he had nine tackles, including two sacks; two pass break-ups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Brown's first weekly award came following his performance against Cleveland (Nov. 4) where, for the second consecutive week, he returned an interception for a touchdown to cap a Bears' comeback overtime victory.

As Brown continues to have a Pro Bowl caliber season he is still focussed on team goals.

"I really don't look into individual awards I'm more happy that we won the football game not playing very well," Brown said. "That's the mark of a good team a team that doesn't play their best game and is able to win a football game.

"You look at what you did personally after the season see areas where you can improve areas where you did well and so when you come into next years training camp you know what to work on."

The honor marks the third time a Bears defender has won the award and fourth time this season Chicago has been recognized with an NFC Player of the Week. Linebacker Brian Urlacher won the defensive honor following five tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and a 90-yard fumble return for his first career touchdown against Atlanta (Oct. 7). Quarterback Shane Matthews was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week following the Oct. 28 game against San Francisco when he completed 25 of 31 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns, rallying the Bears from a 28-9 third-quarter deficit.

2001 ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD WINNER: Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Miller has been named the Bears recipient of the 2001 Ed Block Courage Award. The award is presented each year to National Football League players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage and who symbolizes professionalism, strength and dedication. The award is voted on by team members and is organized jointly by the head athletic trainer and head coach.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation supports the Courage House National Support Network for victims of abuse, violence and neglect. Locally, the Foundation supports the Ed McCaskey Courage House, which sponsors the Columbus-Maryville Children's Reception Center in Chicago.


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