Ogunleye Practices, will be a Game-Time Decision

LAKE FOREST - Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye practiced for the first time this week on Friday and his status for Sunday's game with the Cincinnati Bengals will be a game-time decision.

The left ankle sprain, which kept Ogunleye sidelined until Friday, has healed enough to lead Ogunleye to believe he'll be ready to play Sunday.

"At the pace that it is getting better, I don't think I am going to have any problem with it," Ogunleye said. "It felt good today and I haven't taken any pain pills or do anything extra.

"I want to see how it feels. It's still a little stiff, but I think Sunday I'll be ready to go. Tonight, all day tomorrow off my feet and hopefully by Sunday I'll be ready to go."

Ogunleye remains questionable on the injury list.

He'll undergo additional therapy today and thinks it will improve his condition. If there is a setback, he said he won't risk worsening the injury.

"I'm trying to play at a high level. If I can't go, if I feel like I am going to hurt myself, I'm limping, I won't go," he said. "They want to make sure I am going to be here for the long haul, the whole season."

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris had missed Thursday's practice with back stiffness, but practiced Friday.

"We should have all our options open for this week's game," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Everybody else practiced, so we're in pretty good shape physically."

The Bears removed kick returner/nickel back Jerry Azumah from the injury list. He had been listed probable.

BROWN FINED
Safety Mike Brown got his letter from the league confirming a fine he anticipated for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Lions tight end Marcus Pollard. The fine was for $7,500.

Brown isn't worried he'll get a reputation for cheap shots and referees will start targeting him.

"I mean, refs come in and talk to us before the season starts and they don't care who you are or if you have a reputation," Brown said. "They call what they see.

"We have some of the best refs in the world, especially at what they do. Their job is to call what they see. I don't think they think say "it's this guy, make sure we watch for him.' They call what they see."

BY THE NUMBERS: The Bears have allowed just 15 points in their first two games, their stingiest performance since 1984, when they allowed 14 points in their first two games.

In his final three seasons at Purdue, Bears rookie QB Kyle Orton was picked off just 19 times while throwing 59 touchdown passes. He's been intercepted just once this season.

The Bengals lead the NFL with 10 takeaways, 7 interceptions and a plus-7 edge in turnover differential, just a bit ahead of the Bears' defense, which has 8 takeaways, 6 interceptions and a plus-6 turnover differential.


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