"I've known Jimmy for a while," said Bears coach Lovie Smith, who was in his final season as the Rams defensive coordinator the year Kennedy was the 12th overall pick. "We have a few injured players on the defensive line, so it's good to pick up a player like that this late in the year. As far as whether he'll play or not (Monday night), we'll let all that take care of itself a little bit later on in the week."
This could be the last chance for the 6-4, 325-pound Kennedy, who never played up to his draft status with the Rams.
"I've been through the grind, and I know what it takes," he said. "It's humbling once you get released and you get a chance to come back. I'm getting the chance to make the best of the opportunity. I'm looking forward to it. I'm trying to redeem myself. It's a pride thing with me, and I'm one of those guys that has been on the outside."
"I didn't know what happened," said Adams, who is still second among Bears defensive linemen with 49 tackles and tied for second on the team with four tackles for loss. "I thought it was just real sore, but I got an MRI, and the MRI said that it was torn, so I needed surgery (last Friday)."
Adams, one of the most pleasant surprises on a disappointing team, will be in a sling for a month, and spend three-to-four months rehabilitating.
"I'm all right," he said. "I'm in good spirits. You can't climb the mountain if it's smooth. You've got to have some rough spots in the mountain to climb it. So this is one of my rough spots."
Adams played with the Bears' most recent acquisition, Kennedy, at Penn State and was drafted 57th overall in the same year (2003), 45 picks after Kennedy.
Then again, maybe not. The Bears' A.P. averaged 2.1 yards per carry against the Redskins last week with a long gain of seven yards. In his last five games, Peterson has averaged 2.4 yards per carry, and on 91 carries this season he has a long gain of 11 yards.
He is an excellent receiver, though, with 41 catches already, and it might be in the Bears' best interest to abandon the run and get off the bus throwing.
"Oh, no," Smith said. "That evaluation period stuff, I'm not ... we're into trying to win this week, period. Kyle gives us our best chance to win this week, no more than that. We'll take that approach with all of our players."
Brian Griese has either started or been the backup for every game, except the week after he injured his shoulder against the Raiders, but Smith said he wanted a look at Orton.
"Brian has done a lot of good things," Smith said, "but I just think it's just time to see exactly what Kyle can do."
BY THE NUMBERS: 311 — Rushing yards allowed by the Bears in their last meeting with the Vikings, third worst in franchise history. Adrian Peterson's 224 rushing yards were the most the Bears have ever allowed to one player.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You got three days to sit around and just think about how your season went down the drain (after) hoping that we would have a shot of making it to the playoffs and going back to the Super Bowl. But unfortunately we're not able to go to the playoffs, and right now we're playing for pride." — Devin Hester, on having the weekend off.