Henry Burris waited over a year for his first NFL regular-season action.

Suffice to say, he probably expected something more. The third-string quarterback played the final two series during Sunday's 25-7 loss because starter Chris Chandler had taken too much of a beating.

Chandler did not want to leave the field after going 15-of-25 for 176 yards with a touchdown and interception.

"I didn't think I was going to," Chandler said. "But (offensive coordinator John) Shoop just said Henry is going to finish it.

"I never want to come out of the game. But again, that's not my decision."

A strange fourth-and-13 play in which Chandler threw only an 8-yard pass to Marty Booker occurred right before the quarterback change, but did not impact Chandler's departure.

"He was hurt on the fourth-down play," coach Dick Jauron said. "That's why he didn't push the ball downfield."

The Vikings had knocked the wind out of Chandler one play prior to the fourth-down pass.

Burris was the third-string quarterback for the game but came on the field ahead of Jim Miller because the Bears did not want to further aggravate Miller's elbow and shoulder tendinitis in a game so hopelessly lost. Miller left right from the game to visit Dr. Jack Kelley to get a second opinion on his elbow and shoulder this week in order to determine if it's something more serious than tendinitis.

The Bears had Burris on the active list for the game instead of as an inactive, third-quarterback option simply because they didn't have enough healthy players to fill out the 45-man roster.

Burris got an immediate opportunity to impress when Bobbie Howard blocked a punt and the Bears took over at Minnesota's 36.

However, Burris threw a poor pass into the turf in front of Anthony Thomas, then tripped over center Olin Kreutz's feet while dropping to pass and was tackled for a sack. Finally, he concluded that series with back-to-back interceptions -- the first one by Corey Chavous was wiped out by an offsides penalty and on the next play safety Brian Russell took away a toss to Marty Booker.

"I was trying to make some things happen so we could get it back in it," Burris said. "That comes in learning the territory. I settled down after."

Burris finished 1-of-6 for 28 yards with a passer rating of 6.9.

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