|S Mike Brown||Calf||OUT|
|CB Marcus Hamilton||Ankle||Doubtful|
|LB Hunter Hillenmeyer||Ankle||Doubtful|
|RB Kevin Jones||Hamstring||Doubtful|
|FB Jason McKie||Quadriceps||Questionable|
|CB Charles Tillman||Ankle||Probable|
|LB Xavier Adibi||Groin||Questionable|
|S Nick Ferguson||Knee||Questionable|
|DE Anthony Weaver||Knee||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Texans Defense
The Texans lost outside linebacker Zac Diles just after the midpoint of the season. He had really made great strides in his second season. Kevin Bentley has been starting since then. Strong safety C.C. Brown was lost early in the year. The Texans turned to veteran Nick Ferguson (knee) at that position. If Ferguson's knee is too balky, they'll need to turn to Brandon Harrison to step in. Harrison is a safety with very good size at 6-2 and 227 pounds.
The Texans have a low ranking in both stopping the run and defending the pass. This would be a great time to see an awakening of the passing attack from Orton and the wide receivers. They have all gone into a funk since the middle of the season. Help should be given to left tackle John St. Clair. He'll be working against defensive end Mario Williams (11 sacks), Houston's only serious pass-rush threat. The Bears would be wise to go back to some of the things that worked earlier in the season in terms of screen passes to Forte, no huddle and putting the offense in the right play options at the line of scrimmage.
Texans Offense vs. Bears Defense
Safety Mike Brown (calf) didn't finish another game last week. Brown's season came to an end Friday as he was moved to injured reserve again. Craig Steltz is likely to get the call in his stead. The Bears brought back Cameron Worrell on Friday for much needed depth at strong safety and special teams. Cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle) is expected to be ready for the challenge with Johnson. Tackle Anthony Adams continues to provide stout run support in relief of Dusty Dvoracek, who was lost a few weeks ago to a biceps injury. Cornerback Corey Graham starts for Nathan Vasher, who battled thumb and hand injuries for most of the season before finally landing on injured reserve. Graham is likely to be matched with steady wideout Kevin Walter (59 catches for 876 yards).
Schaub has been sacked six times in his last two losses. He also has 10 fumbles this year. To beat the Texans, the Bears will have to be more aggressive in terms of pressuring Schaub and sealing off Slaton on the run. It sounds like a recipe for blitzing. The player you should keep an eye on is Owen Daniels. Daniels has quietly put up excellent numbers for a tight end (67 catches for 825 yards). Look for Schaub to try beating the Bears' blitz by finding Daniels over the middle.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every week exclusively for BearReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.