Injury Report: Bears at Rams

The Bears (10-2) hit the road again to face the Rams (5-7) at the Edward Jones Dome on Monday Night Football. Chicago won ugly at home last week against the Vikings 23-13, while the Rams continued their freefall with a head-scratching loss to the Cardinals 38-20. Let's take a closer look at the injuries and see 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 (Achilles), Jamar Williams (shoulder)
RAMS - RB Tony Fisher (knee), CB Travis Fisher (forearm, RB Marshall Faulk (knee), C Andy McCollum (knee), OT Orlando Pace (triceps, OG Claude Terrell (wrist)

OUT
BEARS - DT Tommie Harris (knee/hamstring)
RAMS - none

DOUBTFUL
BEARS - none
RAMS - LB Isaiah Kacyvenski (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
BEARS - LB Leon Joe (hamstring), S Todd Johnson (ankle), CB Nathan Vasher (hamstring)
RAMS - DE Victor Adeyanju (forearm), S Ashiomogho Atogwe (concussion), S Jerome Carter (ankle), CB Tye Hill (thigh)

PROBABLE
BEARS - none
RAMS - QB Marc Bulger (ribs), WR Kevin Curtis (calf), RB Stephen Davis (hamstring), WR Torry Holt (knee), RB Paul Smith (neck), OG Adam Timmerman (ribs)

Bears Offense vs. Rams Defense
Quarterback Rex Grossman continues to struggle mightily and posted just a 1.3 passer rating against the Vikings' 31st-ranked pass defense last Sunday. Fortunately for the Bears, they are running the ball as well as they have all season with Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson. The Rams are currently 31st in run defense, so expect to see offensive coordinator Ron Turner give the Jones-Benson combo 30-35 carries and then let Grossman take some shots down the field with play-action passes. St. Louis could be without both S Jerome Carter and CB Tye Hill, so if Grossman doesn't come out of his funk on Monday night, backup Brian Griese may finally be given his chance to see what he can do with the Chicago offense.

St. Louis is still led up front by end Leonard Little, who continues to be one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL. Right tackle Fred Miller will have his hands full keeping him away from Grossman. The Bears are 100% healthy on offense and have one of the few offensive lines that has remained intact since Week 1. Expect the Rams to gang up on the run and throw the kitchen sink at Grossman because he has been as mistake-prone as any QB in football lately. The Chicago wide receiver corps is also completely mended and chomping at the bit to start making some plays again.

Bears Defense vs. Rams Offense
The loss of Tommie Harris could be catastrophic for the Bears defense considering how poorly they have defended the run in recent weeks even when the Pro-Bowler was in there. Minnesota churned out 192 yards on the ground and controlled the clock all game long despite committing five turnovers. Tailback Steven Jackson has become one of the better all around runners in the league and even leads the Rams in receptions, as well. Quarterback Marc Bulger has been sacked 41 times this season, so expect St. Louis to establish the run with Jackson and slow down the Chicago pass rush with a fair amount of draws and screen passes. The Bears will be thin in the secondary if cornerback Nathan Vasher can't come back from his tweaked hamstring, which means receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce could have their way on Monday night.

Chicago's defensive front got back on track last week against Minnesota, led by Tank Johnson with two sacks. The Rams have two of their starting offensive lineman on injured reserve, center Andy McCollum and all-world left tackle Orlando Pace. Bulger accused some of his blockers of not giving their best effort in last week's embarrassing home loss to Arizona, so ends Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye could be primed for big games. The Bears will most likely be without three All-Pro players on defense: safety Mike Brown, Harris, and Vasher if he can't go. Nickelback Ricky Manning Jr. would get the start opposite Charles Tillman, and reserve corners Dante Wesley and Devin Hester could see significant action for the first time this season.

JC

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