|LB Pisa Tinoisamoa||Knee||OUT|
|TE Desmond Clark||Rib||Doubtful|
|DE Alex Brown||Ankle||Questionable||DT Tommie Harris||Knee||Probable||DT Israel Idonije||Knee||Probable||G Frank Omiyale||Ankle||Probable|
|LB LeRoy Hill||Groin||OUT|
|OT Sean Locklear||Ankle||OUT||CB Josh Wilson||Ankle||OUT|
|FB Justin Griffith||Knee||Doubtful||QB Matt Hasselbeck||Rib||Doubtful||LB Lofa Tatufu||Hamstring||Doubtful||OT Walter Jones||Knee||Questionable||CB Ken Lucas||Groin||Questionable||DT Brandon Mebane||Calf||Questionable||WR Deion Branch||Hamstring||Probable||CB Travis Fisher||Hamstring||Probable||WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh||Back||Probable||C Chris Spencer||Quadriceps||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Seahawks Defense
The Seahawks' linebacking corps is every bit as banged up as the Bears' group. Linebacker Leroy Hill will be out for an extended period of time with an injured groin. Will Herring has been starting in his place. Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu has been very limited with a hamstring injury. He didn't play much last week and may need to be rested before he's ready to provide a significant contribution. David Hawthorne is the backup. He had five tackles against the 49ers. Cornerback Josh Wilson (ankle) had stepped in when Marcus Trufant (back) was hurt before the start of the season. Wilson was ruled out early in the week. Kelly Jennings is likely to take over. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane registered a sack in the first game but missed last week because of a calf injury. Craig Terrill started for him against San Francisco and picked up a sack, as well. However, the injury to Mebane and the decimated state of the linebacking corps may have had to have something to do with Frank Gore busting off two long touchdowns a week ago.
Patrick Kerney had 14.5 sacks two years ago but missed half of last year due to injury. He's back and ready to go. Lawrence Jackson already has 3.0 sacks at the other end rotating with Cory Redding. They'll challenge Bears' tackles Orlando Pace and Chris Williams. Expect the Bears to test the Seahawks' interior defense with running plays and passes to the tight end. Separately, they'll want to get desirable matchups with Jennings on the outside. While they want to establish the run, if the pass is there, they'll take it if that's the way to get the win. Seattle is one of the most difficult road stadiums to play in. It will be interesting to see how they minimize the impact of the crowd noise.
Seahawks Offense vs. Bears Defense
Alex Brown twisted his ankle at the end of last week's game. If he cannot play or is limited, it will mean more time for Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije, provided Idonije is not held back because of a knee injury of his own. Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nick Roach filled in well last week for Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa, respectively. Urlacher is done for the year, and Tinoisamoa is not likely back for at least another week. Danieal Manning (hamstring) returned to a starting role at free safety. He still has to prove whether or not he truly deserves the nod. With Manning as the full-time starter at free safety, kickoff-return duties fall to Johnny Knox. Cornerback Zack Bowman (hamstring) started last week and played the entire game. It was a first for him as a professional. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) has not been a factor through two games.
If Wallace starts, he's a shorter quarterback that needs to use his mobility to find passing lanes and can be dangerous as a scrambler. With two touchdowns in two games, John Carlson is the best tight end nobody has heard of. He presents another big challenge for Hillenmeyer in the middle of the field. If the Bears can keep him in the pocket and finally get push up the gut, it will be a long day for the Seahawks. Look for the Seahawks to take the pressure off whomever is at quarterback by establishing the ground game and using rollouts and screens. The Seahawks and their troubled left tackle position will be matched against the red-hot Brown or the combination of Anderson and Idonije.
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