Bad News

LAKE FOREST, IL - Bears defensive end Phillip Daniels and cornerback R.W. McQuarters are expected to be sidelined approximately four weeks from injuries sustained in last Sunday's 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

MRIs confirmed McQuarters suffered a second-degree medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain of his left knee and Daniels suffered a second-degree medial sprain of his left ankle.

Keith McKenzie will start for Daniels, while Reggie Austin will likely replace McQuarters. The Bears could also use CB Todd McMillon at times.

Head coach Dick Jauron is Austin and McMillon have earned a roster spot and it's time to prove their worth.

"If he's (Austin) on our football team he's good enough to play and win and he's got to do it or else we've got the wrong guys here," Jauron said. "I have a lot of confidence in their ability. That being said, you don't want those other guys watching the game. You'd like them out there and let him gain his experience a little more slowly, but that's the way it is."

The Bears depth, which was a strength at the beginning of the season, has quickly turned into a major concern.

Alex Brown, who was inactive in the season opener, will be activated and expected to contribute as a situational pass rusher.

Roosevelt Williams missed two preseason games and played poorly in the last two exhibition games will be expected to play a bigger role.

MOORE SUSPENDED: Damon Moore of the Chicago Bears has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2002 season for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy.

Moore, listed on the team's Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list with a knee injury, is eligible to return to the team's facilities on Monday, September 30. As a member of the PUP list, he is available to return to the practice field on Monday, Oct. 14.

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