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Despite the return of Daimon Shelton from a four-game suspension Stanley Pritchett should be involved in the offense. Pritchett is more of a receiving fullback, but Shelton is the typical blocking back.

"Stan's an excellent receiver out of the backfield and Rock is, well, I think more than an adequate receiver," said offensive coordinator John Shoop. "His strength is, he is a physical guy and he is one of the lineman. I would not want to be a linebacker meeting him in the hole. That's what he brings, a lot of attitude to the team in that regard. We've got to use some of that this week."

Pritchett caught a pass in the fourth quarter against the Saints that converted a third and two. Although, Shelton will see the bulk of the snaps at fullback Pritchett could be utilized in a similar fashion in weeks to come.

There is some talk Shelton could be rusty after a three-week layoff.

"I don't think he'll be as sharp as he would be with three weeks of practice," said head coach Dick Jauron. "But I think he'll be sharp enough to play."

The Bears have till Saturday to activate Shelton then the team will need to move someone off the 53-man roster to make room for the fullback.

"I'm excited about having Daimon back," Shoop said. "I think everybody on our offense is. He's a super player and we're going to give him a chance to shorten his neck this week.


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