Worst Nightmare Realized

The Bears were trying to get some extra work in for the first string offense early in the second quarter, when Rex Grossman took a hit as he dropped back to pass and struggled to limp off the field.

Grossman signaled to the trainers and went back down to the ground. He sat on the field grabbing his left leg and was eventually carted off. He went into the locker room for x-rays, which revealed a broken ankle. The injury will require surgery and keep Grossman out 3-4 months.

"This is the ultimate test," said Muhsin Muhammad. "This is a test the Bears went through last year and didn't pass. It's a test I went through last year in Carolina and didn't pass. I see it as a chance to retake the test."

A year ago, Grossman started just three games after rupturing his right ACL. He worked diligently in the off-season to be ready for the team's mini-camp in May and took the first snap.

Grossman showed no problems with movement in training camp or the Bears preseason opener on Monday. He finished the night against the Rams 6-of-11 for 52 yards, including completing his last five passing attempts. The injury occurred on a dump off pass to TE Darnell Sanders that resulted in a four-yard gain.

The Bears will immediately turn to Chad Hutchinson to run the offense, but passed on a chance to add veteran QB help in the off-season. Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson and Jay Fiedler all visited Halas Hall and signed elsewhere.

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