The undrafted rookie out Maine flew under the radar during training camp. It took McGowan some time to feel he could play in the NFL.
"At first, like coming into camp and preseason and I wasn't getting a lot of reps, I was like ‘wow, I don't belong here.' " But after making the team, after making the 53 man, they kept me here for a reason so I was thinking I've got to make things happen."
Despite not starting against the Steelers, McGowan tied for the team lead with 11 tackles. The total didn't impress him because of the final result.
"100 tackles don't mean anything if you lose. I'd rather zero tackles with a win," McGowan said.
Mike Green, who lost his job to Harris after the season opener, has been passed on the depth chart by McGowan but could still wind up starting Sunday because of the epidemic of injuries at safety.
SS Mike Brown and FS Chris Harris are both listed as doubtful. It's a virtual lock that Brown won't play on Sunday with a strained calf. Harris' sprained knee is likely to keep him from playing on Sunday for the second straight week.
Even reserve Todd Johnson is questionable with a hip pointer, but he may be forced into action with Brown and Harris both sidelined.
Despite the injuries at safety the Bears elevated LB Jeremy Cain to the 53-man roster from the practice to squad. He takes the place opened by the release of Bobby Wade.
Cain had been on the Bears practice squad since the beginning of the season. He played five games with Chicago as a rookie in 2004 mostly on special teams. The University of Massachusetts product originally joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent.
The team added defensive back Willie Amos to the practice squad. The rookie defensive back from Nebraska has spent the regular season as a free agent after receiving a tryout with Chicago during an off-season mini-camp.