Still in Doubt

The Bears are anxiously awaiting news about injuries to two starters on defense. R.W. McQuarters went down in the first half with a left knee sprain, while DE Phillip Daniels sprained his left ankle and missed the majority of the game.

Head coach Dick Jauron said the severity of the injuries is still unknown.

"We'll know more about both Phillip and RW later today or tomorrow as they do the MRIs and the x-rays and those things," Jauron said Monday. "It wasn't good losing them early like that and we lost Mike (Brown) too for a good part of the game.

"That's not a good feeling when you see that cart going into the locker room with those three guys on it and your team's on the field playing football. But the guys that stepped in, they did what they had to do. They stepped up and played. That's the way our game is."

Jauron said he anticipates bad news in order to prepare the team.

"You fight it, but you generally think the worst, what could be the worst case scenario and try to plan that way. But we'll wait and see what happens and hope for the best while we plan for the worst."

Of the two injuries McQuarters is likely to keep him out of action for a prolonged period. However, if the cornerback were unable to Sunday at Atlanta the Bears would likely start Reggie Austin, who had his first career interception against the Vikings.

"We'll play just like we did on Sunday," Jauron said about possibly having to replace McQuarters. "We'll put our guys on the field. We talked about Todd (McMillon) and Reggie (Austin) all through preseason. They've done a nice job. They've gotten better every time they've been on the field. They're both young players, so they've got a way's to go. But I thought they acquitted themselves well on Sunday. Hopefully if RW is out won't be out for very long, but we'll go about our business if he is."

Daniels missed the final two games of the 2000 season with a right ankle sprain, but Bryan Robinson doesn't think the defensive end will be out for long.

"Phillip is hurt, but Phillip is a warrior," Robinson said. "He's a soldier, so he'll be back."

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