IR for Payne; Gattis Promoted Tuesday

The Monsters of the Midway selected five defensive players in this past April's NFL Draft, and now three of them will finish their rookie year on injured reserve. S Kevin Payne joins DE Dan Bazuin and LB Michael Okwo on IR after breaking his arm at Detroit in Week 4.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears elevated safety Josh Gattis to the active roster from the practice squad today and placed safety Kevin Payne on injured reserve with an arm injury.

Gattis was a fifth-round selection (150th overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft. The Wake Forest product started 33 of 48 games played with the Demon Deacons during his collegiate career, gathering 12 interceptions. Gattis was an All-America honorable mention and earned All-ACC first-team honors as a senior last season after recording five interceptions and 73 tackles.

Payne was selected by the Bears in the fifth round (167th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisiana-Monroe. He appeared in three contests for Chicago this season with a start in Week 4 at Detroit (9/30/07). Payne recorded six defensive tackles and two special teams stops before the injury.

JC's Take: The Midway monsters have not had a piece of good news, especially on the defensive side of the ball, in quite some time. Payne was one of the second-day prospects that GM Jerry Angelo really coveted leading up to last April's draft, but he broke his arm making the first start of his NFL career and will be a part of head coach Lovie Smith's proverbial "redshirt class" next year alongside DE Dan Bazuin and LB Michael Okwo. Things are getting awfully ugly in the secondary right now because CB Nathan Vasher could be out of action for quite a while, and fellow corner Charles Tillman will be lucky to play in the next week or two. S Adam Archuleta was unexpectedly scratched before the Lions game with his broken hand, which means S Brandon McGowan will see more significant action and Gattis might have to contribute coming off the practice squad pretty much immediately. Green Bay can't run the ball at all right now, so expect QB Brett Favre to be chucking it all over the field Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

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