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Bears scale down practice because of injuries

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The injuries have been piling up for the Bears in recent weeks and there were so many aching bodies on Wednesday that coach Lovie Smith decided the team would be better served by scaling down their practice time to a walkthrough instead of a normal full practice.

Smith was careful to point out that it didn’t mean the team wasn’t working on Wednesday, but admitted the situation was less than ideal. Quarterback Jay Cutler, one of the injured Bears, had a pretty positive take on Smith’s decision.

“I think it’s a smart decision,” Cutler said, via ESPNChicago.com. “A lot of guys are banged up. You get to this point in the season and you hope guys can be smart enough to take a mental day and process the information and still be prepared on Sunday.”

The Bears still had to release a hypothetical participation report for their practice and it said Cutler would not have practiced on Wednesday as a result of the neck injury he suffered in last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Cutler has downplayed concerns that he won’t be able to play in Week 15, but they’ll rise if he isn’t able to go when the Bears practice for real on Thursday.

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16 Responses to “Bears scale down practice because of injuries”
  1. thevza says: Dec 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    Does it really matter? Lovie hasn’t had his team ready to play the last few Sundays, and he even admitted as such in post-game interviews. Playing against Green Bay on Madden at this point is the best preparation the players will get.

  2. tapeterson2155 says: Dec 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    This year bears has an oddly similar feeling to last years chicago bears. Injuries plaguing a season that started with a lot of promise.

  3. larryboodry says: Dec 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    If the Bears aren’t careful, MN could grab that last playoff spot.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Dec 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    The Bears can try to take it easy today, unfortunately the Packers won’t be so kind.

  5. bla bla bla says: Dec 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    Te real fun will begin if the Bears lose the last wildcard spot to Seattle due to the “Fail Mary” against Green Bay. Bear fans were crowing and full of glee when it happened; oh, how they will howl if Karma gives them the high hard one.

  6. larryboodry says: Dec 12, 2012 6:28 PM

    bla bla bla says: Dec 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    “The real fun will begin if the Bears lose the last wildcard spot to Seattle due to the “Fail Mary” against Green Bay. Bear fans were crowing and full of glee when it happened; oh, how they will howl if Karma gives them the high hard one.”

    For what it’s worth, I was not one of those fans crowing, and Seattle is not the team I’m worried about, they’re probably in either way…Too many 7-6 teams piling up behind us, one of them could sneak in while Lovie snoozes through another second-half fade.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 12, 2012 7:13 PM

    They’re playing like they haven’t practiced since Halloween.

  8. duck99 says: Dec 12, 2012 7:27 PM

    Kellen Davis can’t practice falling down as he fails to catch another pass that hits him between the numbers? Such a shame.

  9. jimmysee says: Dec 12, 2012 8:43 PM

    This all sounds like a set-up to me.

    Green Bay may be walking into a trap.

    Hope the Packers are not complacent.

    Bears games are always hard fought — especially at Soldier Field.

    *Never* underestimate the Bears.

    Go Pack Go!

  10. whatjusthapped says: Dec 12, 2012 9:00 PM

    Does Cutler really need practice throwing INT’s? Just look for the other colored jersey and throw, its not that hard as evidenced by their last game against GB.

  11. purplengold says: Dec 12, 2012 9:46 PM

    Great to see the Bears circling the drain, two more losses will do.

  12. tiger7575 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:03 PM

    Has to be comforting to Bear nation that Kay Quitler
    Agrees practice should be easier.

  13. joetoronto says: Dec 13, 2012 4:57 AM

    When the Bears won the Super Bowl, they’re QB was tough as nails.

    Jay Cutler, not so much.

  14. theqmaster says: Dec 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    Vikings dismantled the Bears in just two games. Too bad Vikes don’t have a good QB and that Percy Harvin is such a Primadonna!

  15. larryboodry says: Dec 13, 2012 11:30 PM

    theqmaster says: Dec 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    “Vikings dismantled the Bears in just two games. Too bad Vikes don’t have a good QB and that Percy Harvin is such a Primadonna!”

    If by dismantled you mean outplayed, then the answer is no, since each team won easily at home…If, however, you mean dismantled as in ‘knocked guys out with injuries,’ then yeah, you dismantled us pretty good.

    Not something I’d gloat about, especially since at least two of the hits – Allen and Griffen – were cheap shots.

  16. larryboodry says: Dec 13, 2012 11:48 PM

    joetoronto says: Dec 13, 2012 4:57 AM

    “When the Bears won the Super Bowl, they’re QB was tough as nails.

    Jay Cutler, not so much.”

    Actually McMahon and Cutler are both tough as nails, and both have led the Bears to victories without flashy stats…The big difference between them is McMahon played behind an All-Pro offensive line, while Cutler plays behind a row of turnstiles. McMahon, unfortunately, never played a full season due to injuries, and that’s a shame.

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