Injury Report: Bears vs. Dolphins

The Bears (7-0) will host the Dolphins (1-6) Sunday afternoon. Miami is coming off their bye week and looking to rebound after a disappointing start to their season. Former Lion Joey Harrington is now the starter at quarterback. The Bears do not have any players on this week's injury report. Let's take a closer look at the injuries and how they'll impact this week's matchup.

IR/PUP/NFI
BEARS - S Mike Brown (foot), WR Airese Currie (foot), DT Dusty Dvoracek (foot), FB Bryan Johnson (leg), S Brandon McGowan (knee), Jamar Williams (shoulder)
DOLPHINS - OG Bennie Anderson (triceps), WR Eric Kimble (foot), C Seth McKinney (neck), CB Will Poole (knee), OT Joe Toledo (knee), RB Ricky Williams (suspended), DT Manuel Wright (depression), DT Rodrique Wright (shoulder)

OUT
BEARS - none
DOLPHINS - none

DOUBTFUL
BEARS - none
DOLPHINS - QB Daunte Culpepper (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
BEARS - none
DOLPHINS - LB Channing Crowder (foot), CB Travis Daniels (knee), OG Jeno James (knee), LB Derrick Pope (hamstring)

PROBABLE
BEARS - none
DOLPHINS - none

Bears Offense vs. Dolphins Defense
Quarterback Rex Grossman rebounded against San Francisco last week after a poor performance in Arizona. He'll face a Miami defense allowing only 174 passing yards per game. Wide receiver Mark Bradley had been a fixture on the injury report since the beginning of the season. Bradley provides a unique combination of size, speed and acceleration that none of the other Bears receivers possess. It will be interesting to see how Bradley is worked back into the lineup. While he's been out, Bernard Berrian has emerged as a game-breaker. Former Arena Football League star Rashied Davis has become a reliable slot receiver.

The Dolphins are led by linebacker Zach Thomas and defensive end Jason Taylor (7 sacks). Depth at linebacker is a concern. Starting linebacker Channing Crowder (foot) is the second leading tackler and is questionable. His backup, Derrick Pope, is also questionable. Although the Dolphins have sacked opposing quarterbacks 17 times, they've only generated three interceptions. Cornerback Travis Daniels is trying to return after a knee injury. Andre' Goodman will likely see additional action if Daniels cannot play. Former Bear Keith Traylor is a starter at defensive tackle and has three sacks.

The Bears will do well to continue the gameplan they used to perfection against San Francisco. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner had Rex Grossman spread the ball around to his backs and tight ends, taking advantage of what the defense gave him. He also chose to stick with the running attack, and it paid off with a big game for Thomas Jones. Look for the Dolphins to try putting the Bears in predictable down-and-distance situations so they can blitz up the middle and use Jason Taylor to chase Grossman from the edge.

Bears Defense vs. Dolphins Offense
Strong safety Todd Johnson forced a fumble and caused an interception in his first start last week after Mike Brown (foot) was lost for the season. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye returned to action last week after missing time with a hamstring pull to record a sack. He'll renew acquaintances with his former team. Miami has allowed 26 sacks so far this year. Defensive tackle Tank Johnson fell awkwardly on his arm in last week's game, suffering a stinger. He has not been limited in workouts and is expected to play on Sunday.

Joey Harrington starts at quarterback. Daunte Culpepper (knee) came back too soon from last season's surgery. Of the 26 sacks allowed by the Dolphins, only five of them have occurred while Harrington has been at quarterback despite the fact that Harrington has more passing attempts than Culpepper. Left guard Jeno James is questionable with a knee injury. Rex Hadnot starts at center. Seth McKinney was lost for the season to neck surgery. Hadnot and James will have their hands full with the interior of the Bears defense, led by Tommie Harris and a tackle rotation that has disrupted running and passing attacks in equal fashion.

The Dolphins have had a difficult time remaining dedicated to the run. Miami is passing on 64% of its offensive plays. Although Harrington is difficult to sack, he can be forced into bad throws. The Bears' ability to put pressure on Harrington with their front four alone will be a key factor in limiting his ability to find open receivers at all levels of the field.


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