Merritt, a Chicago native, has a different perspective on the rivalry with Green Bay. Therefore he's doing everything within his power to play in the contest.
"I got to get back for that Packer game," Merritt said.
Merritt has been able to take part in the condition drills with the team, so he should be in good shape when he does return. Still, he hasn't been able to catch a pass yet.
"The hand is healed they just want to make sure enough it's strong enough to take a blow," Merritt said.
He's now wearing a protective pad over on his left hand, which is similar to the one Mike Brown wore upon his return from a broken hand.
The difference between Merritt and Brown is that a receiver needs his hands a lot more than a safety.
Merritt should add speed to the return game and give the Bears another receiver as the team has been playing with four thus far.
Rookie could see increased playing time: With James "Big Cat" Williams' status in doubt for Sunday's contest first-round Marc Colombo could get his first professional start. If not, the tackle will definitely see his time increase with Williams hurt. As the season progresses there is still a chance Colombo could unseat starter Bernard Robertson at left tackle, but head coach Dick Jauron has confidence in the rookie.
"I thought Marc played a strong game for his first time on the field," Jauron said following the Bears victory over the Falcons. "He didn't look like he lacked confidence. I thought he went in there we didn't seem like anyone was trying to compensate for him. We just played. John (Shoop) just made his calls and we played our game. I thought he acquitted himself well."