Time to regroup

<!--Default NodeId For Olin Kreutz is 292218,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292218]>Olin Kreutz</A>, <!--Default NodeId For Brian Urlacher is 292252,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292252]>Brian Urlacher</A> and <!--Default NodeId For Marty Booker is 292184,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292184]>Marty Booker</A> practiced Wednesday despite being dinged up. The Bears need a win to avoid going into the team record book for the most consecutive losses.

The 2002 Bears already tied the mark with their eighth straight loss, but a defeat against the Lions would give the current club that dubious distinction by themselves.

"Nobody wants to hold that record," said head coach Dick Jauron. "More meaningful is just the game, the single game in and of itself. We certainly have to stop the losses and we'd like to do it this week obviously and we'll do everything we can to stop it."

Injury Front
The severity on Marc Colombo's injury is becoming clearer. The rookie will miss the remainder of the year, but the team is still waiting on all test results. Jauron did mention that the injury shouldn't keep Colombo from missing any action next season.

"He doesn't have any ligament damage in the joint," Jauron said. "No cartilage damage as I think about cartilage. Other than that though, there's obviously an injury there that's kneecap related and surgery is not out of the question. My understanding is that whatever they do, he should be fine in the off-season and come back."

Bernard Robertson has been anointed the starter at left tackle. The Bears worked Mike Gandy at the position Wednesday and would consider moving him from left guard to tackle. If that scenario plays out then Kevin Dogins would start at left guard leaving Robertson as the Bears utility lineman being able to play any of the positions.

Roster Move
Todd McMillon was placed on Injured Reserve following surgery to repair ligaments in his hand. With the roster spot created by McMillon going on IR the team signed wide receiver Jamin Elliott from the practice squad to the active roster Wednesday and signed guard Josh Warner to the practice squad. Terms of Elliott's three-year deal were not disclosed.

Elliott, drafted in the sixth round (203rd overall) by Chicago in the 2002 draft, was inactive for the Bears' first four games of this season before being waived (10/3) and signed to the practice squad (10/5). The 6-0, 187 pounder out of Delaware started 32 games for the Blue Hens where he finished as the third all-time leading receiver with 158 receptions for 3,068 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Warner originally signed with the Bears at the beginning of the free agency period following the 2001 season (1/9/02) and played for the Berlin Thunder during the 2002 NFL Europe season. The 6-5, 305 pounder out of SUNY-Brockport was waived (9/1). Originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent (4/27/01), he was released following New York's training camp.


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