Tait in holding pattern

While John Tait saw a specialist about his ailing groin and the prognosis was bright, the Bears right tackle could miss the remainder of the team's time in Bourbonnais.

The groin problem has limited Tait's mobility since he suffered the pull in June workouts. It bothers him more at left tackle than right because of the turning involved.

Steve Edwards, Tait's replacement at right tackle in the preseason opener, had a poor showing. He consistently allowed his man to beat him off the snap and that put the quarterback under heavy pressure.

Rex Tucker also sat out the game Thursday, but that was more for precautionary measures, as he's coming off a surgically repaired ankle.

The offensive line could use a boost as the unit committed ten of the team's 19 penalties in the overtime victory at St. Louis. Mike Gandy, who started in place of Tucker, got three holding calls, while starting left tackle Qasim Mitchell, reserve tackle Aaron Gibson and reserve center Michael Keathley each had one.

With Sept. 12 opener against Detroit less than a month, getting some type of cohesion on the line has to be a top priority.

"It's hard to put an exact time on that," head coach Lovie Smith said. "They were pretty intact (Thursday). We, of course, didn't have two of our guys playing.

"It's hard to say exactly how long. In camp, you just keep going until you end up with (continuity). You don't know how long."

Terrence Metcalf had to leave the game after following the Bears first possession with a sprained right ankle. Considering the injury and the fact Metcalf is competing for a starting job, he could be back on the field as soon as today.

Still up for grabs: Marcus Reese started at weak side linebacker and finished with two tackles. In a backup role on the strong side Joe Odom forced a fumble, but dropped a potential game-winning interception in the final minute of regulation.

Although Odom read the slant perfectly, he showed a linebacker's hands at the ball hit him in the numbers and fell to the ground. Overall his play had to impress the coaching staff, but the pick that got away might leave a lasting impression.

On the bubble: CB Alfonso Marshall, a Seventh-round draft pick, is the only member of the team not to get on the field that didn't have some sort of injury to concern.

The rookie was burned on multiple occasions in last week's scrimmage against the Rams and appears his chances of making the 53-man roster or even the practice squad are disappearing.

Worth the price of admission: There will be a charge of $3 for adults and $1 for children for those attending today's 3:55 p.m. practice in Bourbonnais. It is the annual Olivet Nazarene University Day, with the funds raised going to the school.


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