Familiar Foes

The Bears open the 2002 season against the Vikings, which is the second time in three years the rivals play one another in the first game of the year.

Last year the Bears swept the season series from the Vikings for the first time since 1995 and that success can be attributed to the defense limiting Daunte Culpepper's scrambling success. Although, the QB ran 15 times for 85 yards Minnesota totaled just 16 points in two meetings.

According to safety Mike Brown patience is the key to slowing Culpepper's scrambling capability.

"When you play a quarterback that can run you have to be real disciplined especially the guys from the outside."

"He's going to make some plays, but you just have to limit that big play they are looking for because they are looking for that one big touchdown. You've got to tackle well and make them earn it for an eighty-yard drive or whatever."

Vikings new head coach Mike Tice has said the team will run more, but at the same time try to get the ball to Randy Moss on 40% of the team's plays.

"It definitely gives us an idea of where we are defensively as far as containing Moss, containing the run and containing Culpepper," said R.W. McQuarters about opening the season with Minnesota.

McQuarters joked about going up against former teammate D'Wayne Bates, who signed with Minnesota during the off-season.

"We call him (Bates) the "Sleeper" because DB will run by you and lore you to sleep for some strange reason. But, yeah we've got something for him."

INJURY FRONT: Jim Miller continues to state that his ankle injury is not serious.

"I'll be out there full-go on Wednesday and I feel fine," Miller said. "That's the important day. That's when we install and do everything. I'll be fine, trust me."

Head coach Dick Jauron said Marcus Robinson will not be restricted in the season opener.

"He's in outstanding shape and he's practiced enough (to play)," Jauron said. "We're not worried about limiting his snaps just a question of when his groupings are out there and how it goes."

Roster Move: Cornerback Travis Coleman and wide receiver Edell Shepherd cleared waivers and were signed to the Bears' practice squad Monday.

Also signed to the practice squad were tight end John Gilmore and fullback Tyree Foreman. Gilmore, a Penn State product who was selected in the sixth-round of the 2002 draft by New Orleans, was released by the Saints on Sunday. Foreman, a Virginia product who signed with San Diego as an undrafted free agent in April, was cut by the Chargers on Aug. 25.

The Bears still have one spot remaining to fill on their practice squad.


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