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
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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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