Krenzel goes on IR

Lake Forest – An injury to Rex Grossman eventually led to Craig Krenzel playing sooner than expected, but his season has now come an end because of the same reason.

The Bears placed Krenzel on injured reserve Monday due to an ankle injury suffered against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 25.

There is a chance that Jonathan Quinn would have been waived if Krenzel were healthy. Instead he'll remain the third quarterback on the depth chart, as Jeff George is expected to backup Chad Hutchinson this week at Jacksonville.

"I think there's a good chance we're going to allow Jeff to ascend," said offensive coordinator Terry Shea. "Four days of trying to learn an offense and then play football for the first time in two years, he just was not quite ready to take the field, but we're going to give him a lot more opportunity this week."

One of just seven NFL rookie quarterbacks to win each of his first three starts since 1970, Krenzel started a team-high five games under center this year and led the Bears to a 3-2 record.

The fifth-round draft pick finishes his first NFL season as the Bears season leader in attempts (127), completions (59) and passing yards (718), Chicago's first rookie passer to lead the team in those categories since Jim McMahon did so in 1982.

Other News & Notes
--WR David Terrell's 15-yard touchdown catch Sunday was his first of the season on 31 receptions even though he's averaging a career-best 17.0 yards per grab.

--TE Desmond Clark's six-yard TD vs. the Vikings was his first score of the season. Clark, who left the game with shoulder and rib injuries, had six catches for 58 yards, the first time all season he's caught more than three passes in a game or had more than 43 yards. The Bears hope to have Clark available Sunday.

--RB Thomas Jones averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the Bears' first three games, when Rex Grossman was at quarterback. But, since Grossman's season-ending knee injury, Jones has averaged just 3.5 yards per attempt, and against the Vikings his average was 3.3 as he picked up 49 yards on 15 carries.

--RB Anthony Thomas had a total of 19 carries before Sunday in the eight games in which Thomas Jones started and finished. But against Minnesota, Thomas got 15 carries and picked up 55 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards even though Jones was available throughout and carried 15 times himself and caught three passes.

--RG Steve Edwards suffered a "slight hamstring problem" that prevented him from finishing Sunday's game, but he could be back in the starting lineup this week.

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