Bears-Vikings Personnel News

Lake Forest - While Lovie Smith will not commit to Brian Urlacher starting Sunday against the Vikings, all indications are that the four-time Pro Bowler will be in the lineup.

--LB Brian Urlacher (calf, questionable) practiced for the third straight day, which is the biggest sign that he and the coaching staff expect him to play.

Also during the week Hunter Hillenmeyer took reps at strong-side linebacker. If the team didn't expect Urlacher to play, Hillenmeyer would need to take reps in the middle.

DE Adewale Ogunleye (calf) was downgraded from probable to questionable after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to practice Friday, but given his aversion to playing hurt, it appears he may not play Sunday.

DT Tommie Harris (ankle, questionable) practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He sat out on Friday and his chances of playing actually seem to be 50-50.

--ORT John Tait (knee, doubtful) didn't practice all week and will be replaced on Sunday by Aaron Gibson.

--C Olin Kreutz was removed from the injury report after practicing Friday and he will start on Sunday.

-- RG David Dixon, who missed the second half of last week's game against Jacksonville, made it through the entire practice on Thursday, including a heated two-minute drill at the end of the workout.

-- RT Nat Dorsey, who missed last week's game because of a sprained right shoulder, was removed from the injury report. But he has lost his starting job to Adam Goldberg.

-- Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell believes DT Kevin Williams, who earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors because of a sack and a game-clinching 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown, deserves to be voted into his first Pro Bowl this season.

-- RB Mewelde Moore, who missed the past four games because of a sprained ankle, is practicing again. He has been taken off the injury report, but will be inactive against the Bears this week because the Vikings' don't have a spot for him on the active roster. "At this point, I don't see him having a role," coach Mike Tice said.

-- DT Chris Hovan, who was inactive last week because of poor performance, has a chance to make the active roster Sunday, but don't expect it to happen. Coach Mike Tice was asked Thursday if Hovan still has a chance to make an "impact" on this team. Tice said, "Impact? Let's see if he can suit up first before we talk about making an impact."

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