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[December 13, 2013]  (The Sports Xchange)  P Adam Podlesh took some good-natured kidding this week that last week was his own "personal bye week." The Bears did not punt against Dallas, although Podlesh did hold for placements.

LB Lance Briggs returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a fractured shoulder Oct. 20. He practiced only on a limited basis and Trestman remained pessimistic Briggs would be available for Sunday's game.

DT Jeremiah Ratliff impressed in his second game with the Bears against his former team, the Cowboys.

LB Jon Bostic and LB Khaseem Greene both have been guilty of overrunning plays at times, resulting in what has looked like poor fits for the run defense. According to coordinator Mel Tucker, the Bears have corrected the problem and are worrying more about simply being physical.


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DT Stephen Paea's toe injury was not a problem last week, but he still only got on the field for 18 plays at the nose, 33 percent of the snaps. With Jeremiah Ratliff getting in 80 percent of the plays, the Bears were able to move Corey Wootton outside to end or play him at three-technique tackle. All of that combined to limit Paea's playing time.

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