Depth Could Come into Question

The Bears had been fortunate to avoid major injuries since quarterback Rex Grossman suffered a fractured ankle in the preseason, but their luck could be running out.

Rookie wide receiver Mark Bradley, who had a career-best five catches and 88 yards before he was hurt late in the first half Sunday, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Bradley's 54-yard reception Sunday was the Bears' longest pass play of the season, and he was starting to provide a legitimate complement to Pro Bowler Muhsin Muhammad.

Running back Thomas Jones, who was held to 72 rushing yards, his lowest total in six weeks, played his third straight with a brace for his sprained right knee and a pre-game pain-killing injection.

Now he's also got bruised ribs, which forced him out of the Lions game midway through the fourth quarter. He didn't miss any games after the knee injury, but the combination of maladies could make him questionable for this week, although coach Lovie Smith on Monday afternoon said the rib injury does not appear serious.

"I'm sore, but I'm sore after every game, so we'll see," Jones said. "Hopefully, I'll be all right."

The rib injury occurred when Jones fell on the ball earlier in the game, and he played on until the pain increased. The knee isn't getting any worse, but Jones said it wouldn't get much better while he keeps plays on it.

"It's not going to heal 100 percent if you're constantly going out every week and pounding it," he said. "That's just something I have to deal with. Every running back has something they have to play with every week. Mine just happened to be a knee, and now I have bruised ribs, but that's just part of the game. You just have to fight back and get back on the field the best way you can."

WR Bernard Berrian will miss another 5-7 weeks following surgery on his thumb. He had just three receptions on the season, but with Bradley also out, it suddenly leaves the Bears thin at wideout.

Ruben Brown has missed the past three games because of a partially torn pectoral muscle. Roberto Garza has filled in well for Brown. The Bears won a game against Minnesota with John St. Clair at left tackle for John Tait.

"We've said all along we like our 53-man roster and we're getting a chance to really prove that right now," said head coach Lovie Smith.

"No team can take a lot of hits and hopefully we won't have to do that, but we do like our depth and I'm anxious to see some of the players … it's an opportunity. When one person goes down, there's an opportunity for someone else to step up and I think that we've got a few guys that can do that."

Job Opening
The Bears brought in WR Charles Lee for a tryout on Tuesday. He's a six-year veteran that has 72 career receptions for 957 yards and three touchdowns. The Arizona Cardinals cut him on Oct. 24th.

Airese Currie could begin practicing with the team today. The rookie spent the first eight weeks of the season on the non-football injury list following surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.

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