Back in the Mix

Lake Forest - The Bears are expected to get Thomas Jones back this week from injury and with the Colts coming to town the offense will need all the firepower they can muster.

Jones has carried the ball just once over the past three games and has been inactive the past two weeks because of a left big toe injury.

While Jones is listed as questionable on the injury report he did practice Wednesday and is expected to start Sunday against the Colts.

"If Thomas plays on Sunday obviously it's going to be a big boost for us," said QB Craig Krenzel "He's an outstanding football player and people have seen and we've seen what he's able to do when he's on the field."

Although Anthony Thomas has rushed for 280 yards over the past three games, there is a definite difference with Jones in the lineup as opposed to "A-Train."

"Thomas Jones gives us a little bit more wiggle and Thomas is a very smart player as well," said offensive coordinator Terry Shea. "Anthony played very well and I'd be surprised to say that Anthony will not be back in the lineup some how some way as we kind of piece this together."

Even with Jones back in the lineup, Thomas will be given a share of the carries. There is also a chance that the two could lineup in the backfield at the same time.

The Indianapolis defense is statistically better against the run than the pass, but the Bears strength is the ground game.

Krenzel has completed just 31 passes during the Bears three-game winning streak.

"You're seeing a young quarterback just go through the pains of what it means to play the position," Shea said. "Craig Krenzel is who he is right now and to expect magic out of our quarterback position maybe a little bit overwhelming right now."

First Step
Charles Tillman returned to practice for the first time since he injured his knee against the Packers in the second game of the season. He participated in non-contact drills.

While the cornerback said he wouldn't play earlier in the week, he's currently listed as doubtful. The injury was estimated to keep him out 7-10 weeks and he's now in his eighth week of recovery.

Back in the Saddle
Joe Odom started the first four games of the year at strong-side linebacker before he was demoted in favor of Hunter Hillenmeyer, who caught the eye of the coaching staff when he replaced Brian Urlacher.

This time around Urlacher's injury is getting Odom back on the field. Hillenmeyer will move to the middle and Odom will reclaim a starting job.

"The thing about this league is that no matter who it is, somebody's going to get hurt. You've just got to be ready to step back up and do your job until they get back or play your butt off enough to where you can earn that spot," Odom said.

"Unfortunately, Brian's hurt. I get to move up. It'll help me build my confidence as far as now I've got to pick it up and as a group we've got to really play a lot better and fill that void of not having Urlacher around."

Injury Update
Lance Briggs is listed as questionable (foot) on the injury report. He didn't take part in the contact portion of the drills in Wednesday's practice, but is still slated to start against the Colts.

Bobby Gray returned to practice, but will remain in a backup role.


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