Injuries Mount

In the Bears victory over Atlanta Jim Miller aggravated the left ankle he sprained in the preseason finale. The quarterback is expected to start against the Saints, but two other starters could be out.

Ted Washington's sprained left ankle is really a hairline fracture according to a Chicago Sun Times report. The defensive tackle will be re-evaluated Wednesday and there should be a definitive answer on how long he will be out. He's expected to miss the game against the Saints on Sunday. Washington has not missed a game in more than seven seasons.

Washington injured the ankle in the first half of Sunday's victory in Atlanta. If Washington cannot play, Alfonso Boone likely will receive his first career start. Meaning the Bears could go into the game with the Saints with three defensive starters out.

Washington had surgery on his left ankle in March for a clean-out procedure. A staph infection slowed his progress, forcing the Bears to bring him along slowly in training camp.

James "Big Cat" Williams has a strained hip flexor and his 120 consecutive game streak is in jeopardy. His status should be clearer once the injury report comes out on Wednesday.

ROSTER MOVE: The Bears waived fullback Tyree Foreman and signed defensive back Eric Johnson to the practice squad Tuesday.

The move was made primarily because Daimon Shelton is due back from a four-game suspension on Monday meaning Foreman was expendable.

Johnson, a 6-0, 207 pounder out of Western Carolina, spent the last three months of the 2001 season on Chicago's practice squad and participated in the Bears training camp before his release on Sept. 2. He returned to football last year after spending three seasons playing baseball in the Cleveland Indians' minor-league system.

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