|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|
|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
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
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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