Chandler primed to start

While no decision has been made on who will start Sunday at Detroit it looks more like Chris Chandler will get the nod over an injured Jim Miller.

Jim Miller missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, but may try to throw on Friday. Although, Dick Jauron has said he would wait to make a decision the head coach might have given a hint away when he said he "hoped" Miller would be healthy enough to be the backup to Chandler.

Miller's tendentious could worsen if he plays, so the Bears aren't taking any chances with the quarterback. There is no doubt Miller wants to play as he's missed time to injury the past two seasons.

"He's always going to want to be out there," Jauron said of Miller. "He's a very tough guy and he is going to get his way back on that field."

Not to mention Miller's effectiveness against Detroit in two victories last season, Miller competed 34 of 64 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. His 252 yards passing at Detroit in December of 2001 was a season-high.

Despite not taking a regular season rep Chandler said there will be some rust, but his 15 years of experience should help smooth the transition. Chandler added his knowledge of the game should put the coaching staff at ease about starting him with only a few days preparation.

"I would think everybody, form the coaching staff on down, would feel a higher degree of confidence in someone who's done it before," Chandler said.

If Chris Chandler comes in and is effective then Miller could be spending a lot more time on the sidelines.

If Chandler starts then he will be the third new member of the starting lineup. Marc Colombo and Mike Gandy will both be starting for the first time in their NFL careers.

Other injuries: Marcus Robinson, who was listed as probable with a bruised shoulder, returned to practice Thursday. With David Terrell out Robinson will be used as the Bears third receiver and should see significantly more balls go his way then in the Bears previous five games. Thus far, Robinson has just nine receptions for 56 yards.

R.W. McQuarters (hamstring) and Christian Peter (leg) did not practice Thursday and are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Jauron said that although McQuarters has done some running since the Green Bay game the cornerback hasn't done any all-out sprinting. That could mean he will be inactive for the Lions game and Reggie Austin would get the start.

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