Gandy's job to lose

Bourbonnais - With Rex Tucker out 8-10 weeks with a dislocated left elbow, the Bears have decided to move Ruben Brown to his natural position of left guard and Mike Gandy will remain with the first team on the right side.

After visiting with elbow specialist Dr. Gordon Newber, the good news is that Tucker won't require surgery to repair the injury. However he can't be placed on the Physically Unable to perform list, as only players injured before the start of training camp are eligible.

Coupled with Jerry Azumah being out until at least October the Bears will have to carry two players on the roster that won't be able play.

"Well we're just going to (deal with it). Those are two players that we like an awful, you have to make a spot for them," Lovie Smith said. "It's not an ideal situation, but our numbers will still work out okay right now. As long as we don't lose anyone else we still feel like we'll be okay."

Brown had been working primarily at right guard before Tucker went down, but made eight Pro Bowl trips as a left guard. He had one of his better practices on Tuesday. Offensive coordinator Terry Shea singled out the veteran after he took out multiple defenders on a reverse to Bobby Wade.

"I'm here to be a part of the team, that's it," Brown said. "If they want me at left, that's where I'll play. If they want me at right, that's where I'll play."

Terrence Metcalf's ankle injury came at a bad time, as it appears the right guard job is now Gandy's to lose.

"He's lining up on the starting team right now," Smith said. "We had competition our competition is a little bit clearer now because of the injuries, but Mike was always part of the equation."

When Metcalf returns he will be relegated to being the utility lineman because he can play both guard and center.

Seal the Deal: The three-year contract the Bears signed with Olivet Nazarene University expires after the ‘04 training camp. Both sides expect to come to an agreement, but had hoped it would happen before the end of training camp.

"It's going to take a little bit longer," said Senior Director of Business Development Brian McCaskey. "I'm very optimistic. I've never been pessimistic about it. We're in a partnership with them. They're great people, there's great feelings on both sides."

The Bears aren't considering any other universities or locations for training camp, so it appears to be a matter of when a deal will be finalized as opposed to if the contract will be renewed.

Roster Move: The Bears acquired defensive end Quinn Dorsey via trade with New England for a conditional 2006 draft pick on Tuesday.

To make room on the roster for Dorsey, the Bears waived wide receiver Jimmy Fryzel. The 5-11, 195-pound Fryzel caught one pass for seven yards in the Bears 13-10 overtime win in the preseason opener over St. Louis.

Dorsey was an undrafted free agent out of Oregon signed by the Patriots after making 24 tackles in eight games played as a senior. The 6-4, 260-pounder was credited with three total tackles, including one sack for a loss of 10 yards, plus one special teams tackle in New England's preseason opening 24-6 home win over Philadelphia.

Injury Update: Marty Booker sat out of practice Tuesday. The receiver is still recovering from a hamstring pull and was given the day off.

Jonathan Quinn had to leave practice early because of soreness in his non-throwing shoulder.

Bryan Robinson (knee), Bobby Wade (elbow laceration) and Michael Keathley (lower back) all returned to practice after missing time because of injury.


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