Bears looking at backup plan

Don't expect to see much from the Bears on the field. Most of the guys you'll be looking for will be on the sideline tonight when the Bears wrap up the preseason in Cleveland.

The short list of players who won't see the field include Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Mike Brown and Lance Briggs on defense and running backs Thomas Jones and Anthony Thomas on offense. Starting quarterback Rex Grossman will likely play the first quarter and call it a night.

This game will be more for Adrian Peterson and Brock Forsey, who are still fighting for the No. 3 running back spot. Safeties Todd Johnson and Cameron Worrell, and rookie linebackers Leon Joe and Jeremy Cain are looking to show something. Also, the coaches will get their first look at tight ends Desmond Clark and John Gilmore, who have been out with hamstring injuries.

"We really want to get a look at some of the (other) guys," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "We have a couple roster battles going on that's pretty close, so we want to get one last look at them.

"What do you want to get out of the last preseason game? Just really everything. As I've said before: We want to put the best possible team on the field against Detroit."

The Bears (2-1) have been sloppy throughout the preseason. They had 19 penalties in an overtime win against the Rams and came back with 18 more last week in a loss to New Orleans. The passing game struggled with Grossman, who finished 6-for-18 for 106 yards against the Saints.

The lone positive has been Jones, a free agent pickup in the off-season who has rushed for 150 yards on 23 carries.

Grossman is still trying to get used to the new offense under coordinator Terry Shea. He is also getting comfortable with a group of young and inexperienced receivers in Bobby Wade, Justin Gage, Daryl Jones and Bernard Berrian.

"You know we have a strong, strong defense and a strong, strong running game, and right now we're a work in progress in our passing game," Grossman said. "But I'm definitely optimistic. We have been clicking on all cylinders in practice and we just need to carry over what we're doing in practice."

Smith did say defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, acquired in a trade with Miami, will make his Bears debut.

"Starters won't get that much (time). I would say (I'll play) anywhere from six to 15 plays," Ogunleye said. "It's going to depend on the drives, but nothing more than the first quarter."

Bears at Cleveland
When: 7 p.m. today.
TV/Radio: NBC (Ch. 5)/WBBM-AM (780).

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