Brown Likely to Play

Lake Forest – The Bears can accomplish a lot with a victory against Green Bay on Christmas day and Mike Brown wants to be a part of it.

A win at Lambeau Field would give the Bears their first sweep of the Packers since 1991. More importantly, it would clinch the NFC North crown and put the team in great shape to earn the second seed in the NFC and a first round bye.

Lovie Smith's made a list of objectives upon taking the job with the Bears and would be able check off two of them with a victory.

"There were three goals I outlined initially and we have a chance to take care of a couple of them," Smith said. "What better time to do it than Christmas Day?"

The chances would increase with Brown on the field. The recently named Pro Bowl safety has missed the last two games with a calf strain, but despite being questionable for the game he believes he's ready to play.

"It's sore but it doesn't limit me in anything I do," Brown said. "That's what I was worried about. If it was going to limit my ability out there, I wasn't going to be out there. I can do everything so I am good."

Brown would have tried to play last week if it were a playoff situation, but the additional week of rest only helped the injury.

"He's our spiritual leader and our all-pro safety, so it will mean quite a bit to our guys to have him back," Smith said. "He will be back soon. Once a guy starts practicing, they are pretty much there, so hopefully that will be the case with Mike."

Lacking Zoom
Just as it appears the secondary is getting healthy, Jerry Azumah's hip flared up and he's now questionable for the game.

The Bears have several alternatives at nickel back to get through Sunday's game including, Rashied Davis, Mike Green and Chris Thompson. The problem will be if Azumah misses extended time with a playoff run imminent.

Davis or Bernard Berrian would handle the kickoff duties if Azumah were not able to suit up.

Health Beat
DT Ian Scott didn't practice all week because of a hamstring pull, which leaves Alfonso Boone as the top option to replace him in the starting lineup.

C Olin Kreutz returned to practice on Friday and was removed from the injury list.


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