Still in Doubt

Phillip Daniels and R.W. McQuarters are both listed as questionable on the injury report for Monday's match-up with Green Bay, but that is an improvement from a few days ago.

Questionable means a player's chances of playing in a game are "50-50". Phillip Daniels said Monday that his ankle was so sore following practice he didn't think he would be ready to return, but is attitude changed Wednesday.

"I feel a lot better about it now than I did on Monday," Daniels said. "It's a long shot, but it is possible. I'm just going to keep working and stay in the training room, keep getting treatment and hopefully things will work out."

R.W. McQuarters has said all along that he doesn't expect to play until Oct. 20 at Detroit.

According to head coach Dick Jauron said it's tempting to bring injured players back when the team is struggling, but it could comedown to a game time decision.

"You definitely want your guys back, you want everybody healthy."

Ahmad Merritt practiced Wednesday and is also listed as questionable as he returns from a broken right hand.

"Ahmad's a little different story because we know he's healthy, been checked periodically through the whole thing and this has been the target date for him to come back," Jauron said.

Rex Tucker is listed as questionable on the injury report with an injured ankle, but was able to play the entire game against Buffalo. Despite missing practice Wednesday the guard is expected to start against Green Bay.

Linebacker Mike Caldwell is scheduled to make his first start on the Bears defense Monday, replacing injured starter Warrick Holdman, who was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday. The 6-2, 235 pounder out of Middle Tennessee State is one of only two Bears defensive starters (Keith Traylor with Denver the other) to have played on Monday Night Football in recent years. Caldwell started for the Philadelphia Eagles last season against the New York Giants on MNF (10/22/01) and recorded a career-high 14 tackles in the Eagles 10-9 win over their Division rival.

"No matter how experienced you are, you've got to be out there to get the feel of it," Jauron said of Caldwell. "It is a better opportunity for Mike to step up and show what he has. That's why we have him. We have a lot of confidence in him so he'll be out there and get a lot of opportunity.


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