Urlacher the Sack Artist

Chicago - Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher recorded two more sacks of Daunte Culpepper and brought his season's total to a team-high six.

That equals his second-best single-season effort and he needs 2 1/2 to establish a new high. It's also the same total that led the team last season.

"The guys in the back end are covering five or six seconds and giving me a chance to get there,'' said Urlacher. "That's what it comes down to. They're coverage sacks is what they are.

"Today Boonie (Alfonso Boone) missed one and gave me a chance to jump on him there. He missed him and so I got him and it worked out good for me. And the guys covered, like I said, for a while and that's what it comes down to is a team. They're team sacks is what they are. They're doing their job and they're giving me a chance to get there.''

Urlacher leads all NFL linebackers in sacks.

WELCOME BACK
Former Bears kicker Paul Edinger didn't exactly impress anyone at Soldier Field with his kicking in his return with the Vikings.

Edinger had a 32-yarder kick blocked in the second half, missed a 52-yard kick short and well right and never got off a first-quarter 35-yard field goal when holder Brad Johnson bobbled the snap and threw up an incomplete duck of a pass under pressure.

"He maybe tried too hard and I know he wants to do well,'' Vikings coach Mike Tice said. "That's not the way he's been kicking in practice. After the kick got blocked, I told him to give me a smile and relax.''

He never got another chance at one after the block, however.

RELIEF DUTY
The Bears' starting offensive line had been intact through the first four games, but injuries to left tackle John Tait (ankle) and left guard Ruben Brown (pectoral muscle) meant an entirely new left side of the line.

"We felt really good about how (tackle) John St. Clair and (guard) Roberto Garza played for Ruben and John Tait,'' Smith said.

The Bears allowed three sacks of quarterback Kyle Orton, and averaged only 3.2 yards a carry against the league's worst run defense.

SIGN OF THE TIMES
Bears 2003 first-round draft choice Michael Haynes was inactive for the game. It's the first time in his career that he has not suited up for a game.

Instead, the Bears had Israel Idonije as the extra defensive end.

Haynes said he was surprised by the move. The Bears made it for special teams purposes.

"I don't know if you (media) guys noticed it but No. 71 (Idonije) did a pretty doggone good job on special teams,'' defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said. "That's probably one of the biggest factors was that Izzy, Israel Idonije, works on special teams and did a tremendous job. I know coach Smith had to make a tough decision on that.''


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