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<!--Default NodeId For Mike Gandy is 292206,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292206]>Mike Gandy</A> was nearly traded in the beginning of the year in a deal that would have involved him going to the Redskins along with a draft pick for QB <!--Default NodeId For Patrick Ramsey is 291272,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:291272]>Patrick Ramsey</A>.

However, the deal fell through and Gandy was slotted as a backup. He didn't get a snap during his rookie year, but went on to start the final 11 games of the season because injuries forced him into action.

When Rex Tucker went down on Oct. 7 against Green Bay Gandy filled and then started his first career game the following week at Detroit as did Marc Colombo, who stepped in at LT when Bernard Robertson was demoted.

Gandy and Colombo started together for five games. The due made progress, until Colombo suffered a season-ending knee injury against Miami.

Gandy was then asked to switch to left tackle and started there for the final three games.

Although, Colombo is expected to make a full recovery by next year it looks like the left tackle job is Gandy's to lose.

"We'll address it in the next few weeks, but Mike Gandy will certainly have an opportunity to be a starter for our football team," said head coach Dick Jauron. "We try to get our personnel slotted so that everybody has a chance. But Mike's a little above that. He's done such a nice job for us playing tackle and he has improved from week to week. I thought he played a pretty good game against Simeon Rice. I've seen Simeon kind of take over a game at times. So that was another step for Mike. Yeah, he'll have every opportunity."

Colombo's natural position is right tackle, which is another sign the Bears might be bracing James Williams for a reduced salary, if not retirement.


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