|WR Marty Booker||Knee||OUT|
|LB Darrell McClover||Hamstring||OUT|
|OT Fred Miller||Shoulder||OUT|
|DT Marcus Harrison||Ankle||Probable|
|WR Brandon Lloyd||Knee||Probable|
|LB Nick Roach||Ankle||Probable|
St. Louis Rams
|LB Chris Draft||Foot||OUT|
|CB Tye Hill||Knee||OUT|
|RB Steven Jackson||Thigh||OUT|
|DE Eric Moore||Spine||OUT|
|OT Orlando Pace||Knee||OUT|
|G Richie Incognito||Shoulder||Probable|
|DE Leonard Little||Hamstring||Probable|
|LB Will Witherspoon||Thigh||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Rams Defense
If there was ever a time for the Bears offense to get back on track, this would be that time. The Rams are near or at the bottom of the league in allowing points, rushing yards and passing yards. Look for the Bears to remember their running attack this week to give Orton more time to recover. The worst thing they could do is give pass rushers like Leonard Little and James Hall an opportunity to tee off.
Rams Offense vs. Bears Defense
Reserve linebacker Darrell McClover injured his hamstring against the Packers and is likely to miss a significant amount of time. He could be placed on injured reserve to make room for other roster moves. The bumps and bruises in the Bears' secondary should be behind them. Injuries to Mike Brown (calf), Charles Tillman (shoulder), Nathan Vasher (wrist) and Danieal Manning (hamstring) should all be at points in recovery where they are no longer factors that significantly hinder their play. The unit currently facing a little bit of attrition is linebacker. Hunter Hillenmeyer should be getting close to full recovery after a thumb injury several weeks ago. Nick Roach took over his spot but is now recovering from an ankle injury of his own. Next up would be Jamar Williams. Williams is recovering from a neck injury but is making good progress. Rookie defensive tackle Marcus Harrison (ankle) hasn't impressed since early in the season. His injury might provide an opportunity for Anthony Adams or Matt Toeaina to be taken out of the mothballs to provide a stout plug in the middle of the defense.
Marc Bulger has had scant opportunities to display the talent that had many project him as a top-five quarterback after the 2006 season. The offensive line has allowed 31 sacks thus far. The Bears defensive line has been causing problems for local laundering economies. Recent opposing quarterbacks have not had to send out for their jerseys to be cleaned. Something's gotta give. With Pace out, this would be a great time for Alex Brown to win his match with Goldberg. If the Rams are without Jackson, the Bears should be able to resurrect a pass rush and pass defense that has been nothing short of a welcome mat. All that said, the Bears defense over the last month has shown no indication that they'll be able to prevent Bulger from connecting with Avery and Torry Holt up and down the field.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com. E-mail him at email@example.com.