Noots' Notes: Week 8 Injury Analysis

Michael Nudo breaks down the bumps and bruises by taking a close look at Friday's final injury report, as the Chicago Bears host the Cleveland Browns in Week 8 at Soldeier Field.

Chicago Bears

Player Injury Status
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa Knee OUT
DT Matt Toeaina Calf Doubtful
S Al Afalava Shoulder Probable
CB Zack Bowman Knee Probable
LB Lance Briggs Shoulder Probable
DT Tommie Harris Knee Probable
DT Israel Idonije Knee Probable
S Danieal Manning Foot Probable
DE Adewale Ogunleye Ankle Probable
RB Adrian Peterson Knee Probable

Cleveland Browns

Player Injury Status
DE Kenyon Coleman Groin Questionable
TE Greg Estandia Knee Questionable
G Rex Hadnot Knee Questionable
TE Steve Heiden Knee Questionable
CB Anthony Madison Not Injury Related Questionable
TE Robert Royal Hamstring/Finger Questionable
QB Derek Anderson Hip Probable
LB David Bowens Knee Probable
K Phil Dawson Calf Probable
RB Jamal Lewis Wrist Probable
C Alex Mack Shoulder Probable
CB Brandon McDonald Shoulder Probable
DE C.J. Mosley Back Probable
DT Shaun Rogers Foot Probable
DE Robaire Smith Shoulder Probable
FB Lawrence Vickers Shoulder Probable
CB Eric Wright Shoulder Probable
P Dave Zastudil Knee Probable

Bears Offense vs. Browns Defense
Adrian Peterson returned to practice this week. The Bears are eager to see him return to special teams and as a backup running back to Matt Forte. Although left guard Frank Omiyale is not on the injury report, his status as a starter is up in the air due to ineffectiveness. Last year's starter, Josh Beekman, has been getting reps with the first string, and it appears he'll get the starting nod.

DT Shaun Rogers
Getty Images: Matt Sullivan

Browns team captain D'Qwell Jackson was lost for the season to a shoulder injury two weeks ago. The inside linebacker was their leading tackler. Kaluka Maiava started last week and had five tackles. The Browns' front line should be ready to go despite minor aches, pains and illnesses. Kenyon Coleman (groin), Shaun Rogers (illness) and Robaire Smith (calf) were all able to play last week. Rogers, the former Lion, will renew acquaintances with Bears center Olin Kreutz. Starting cornerbacks Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald are recovering from moderate shoulder injuries.

The Browns are last in the league in total yards allowed and next to last in rushing yards allowed. If the Bears cannot establish their ground game and right their offensive ship, it's going to be a long rest of the season. It's no slam dunk. Cleveland runs the 3-4 alignment that the Bears have had difficulty running against in the early part of this season. Keep an eye on the return of Beekman. His mobility and ability to block in space were sorely missed. Against the 3-4, he should be able to get out and lead the way for Forte off tackle and around end.

Browns Offense vs. Bears Defense
Former Bears tight end Michael Gaines was signed by the Browns before last week's game and had two catches. Cleveland has been dinged up at the position and needed depth help. Robert Royal (illness) and Steve Heiden (knee) could not play last week, forcing tackle Hank Fraley to start. Heiden and Royal are making progress, but it might still be another week before either is effective. The Browns had high hopes for backup running back James Davis (shoulder), but he got injured in the preseason and then again at the start of the year. He's out for the balance of the schedule.

LB Lance Briggs
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) was held out of last week's game against the Bengals. In spite of being given Wednesdays off throughout the season, he has been ineffective every Sunday, averaging less than two tackles per game and rarely getting off the ball with any burst. Harris felt well enough to play against the Bengals, but Bears coaches deemed it time to make a change to his practice routine. This week marked his first participation in a Wednesday practice in distant memory. Marcus Harrison Started for Harris last week and had seven tackles. There is a chance he might slide over to replace Anthony Adams. Backup Matt Toeaina has a calf injury that's expected to keep him out. With linebackers Brian Urlacher (wrist) and Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) out for the season, the duties fall to Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer. Both players struggled to defend run and pass last week against the Bengals. Hillenmeyer is expected to return to the middle, moving Roach back to the strong side. Linebacker Lance Briggs shows up on the report this week with a minor shoulder injury. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye injured his ankle last week against the Bengals. Newly-acquired Gaines Adams will see more time if Ogunleye is limited. The matchup there will be against former Bear John St. Clair.

Quarterback Derek Anderson has been given a vote of confidence in spite of glaringly bad numbers over the last three weeks (23-of-70 passing for 244 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions). That's a completion percentage of 33 percent and an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. The poor souls who have been watching the Browns realize that it hasn't all been on Anderson. Even after trading away Braylon Edwards, the Browns have continued to drop passes at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, the Bears' pass defense looked like a walk-through against the Bengals last week. Something's gotta give.

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