In shambles

Center <!--Default NodeId For Olin Kreutz is 292218,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292218]>Olin Kreutz</A> failed to answer the bell Monday night against the <!--Default NodeId For St. Louis is 122,2005--><A HREF=>St. Louis</A> Rams due to lingering effects from an appendectomy, leaving right tackle James &quot;Big Cat&quot; Williams the last man standing on the Bears' offensive line.

The 34-year-old Williams is the only member of this year's opening day offensive line to start every game this year. The Bears have lost seven games from starters due to injuries to left guard Rex Tucker, right guard Chris Villarrial and now Kreutz.

The number of missed games by starting offensive linemen will increase in the next few games after left tackle Marc Colombo suffered what appeared to be a season-ending dislocated left kneecap 17 seconds before halftime Monday. Colombo was replaced by Bernard Robertson, who started the first five games at that position before being benched due to poor play.

Bears coach Dick Jauron tried to remain optimistic about Colombo's injury.

"I guess they'll MRI him tomorrow and then they'll know a lot more," Jauron said. "It was better than I thought after I got out there. It seems to be a kneecap problem, but those can be pretty serious."

Last year the Bears' offensive line missed no starts due to injuries or benchings.

Kreutz, a Pro Bowl center last year, had not missed a game since the 2000 season-ender.

"The doctors felt we should error on the side of caution," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "It bothered him a little bit, but not so much so that he wouldn't have played if the doctors had given the all clear."

Kreutz's replacement, Kevin Dogins, had never started an NFL game at center, although he'd entered a handful at the position in Tampa Bay. He had only started at guard prior to Monday.

Although the line did allow a season-high seven sacks of Chris Chandler, the offense ran for 102 yards -- the fourth time this year they've gone over 100 yards.

Chandler put some of the blame for the seven sacks on the noise in the Jones Dome.

"The way it went today, they're tough in this place with the pressure they can put on," Chandler said. "I think the crowd noise always helps. They get an extra jump. You can't use your snap count and they can really start teeing off, especially in a situation where they know that you're going to throw."

Jauron said there's not much the Bears can do about the injuries.

"We know that we've gone through a rash of injuries and we've just got to find a way to play over those things," Jauron said. "You want to have continuity everywhere (on the line). Unfortunately, that's not what we had."

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