Jones to Start

Despite facing the worst rush defense in the NFL, the Bears will start Thomas Jones with a knee that's less than 100 percent. However, Ruben Brown and John Tait are both inactive for today's game.

One practice proved to be enough for the Bears to feel comfortable enough to let Jones play.

John St. Clair will get the start in place of Tait and protect Kyle Orton's blindside. Roberto Garza moves in for the injured Brown at left guard.

The Vikings has four changes to their normal starting lineup. Darrion Scott will move from right to left end to fill in for Spencer Johnson at left end. Lance Johnstone starts in place of Scott. Keith Newman will get his first start of the year and replaces Napolean Harris at strong side linebacker. Melvin Fowler will start ahead of Cory Withrow.

Bears Inactives
QB Kurt Kittner
QB Rex Grossman
CB Rashied Davis
CB Daven Holly
CB Brandon McGowan
G Ruben Brown
T John Tait
DE Michael Haynes

Viking Inactives
QB Shaun Hill
CB Brian Williams
RB Ciatrick Fason
C Anthony Herrera
WR Nate Burleson
TE Jeff Dugan
DE Matt Mitrione
DE Spencer Johnson


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