CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Todd Collins #10 of the Chicago Bears makes a pass against the Cleveland Browns during the preseason game on September 2 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Todd Collins Throws TD Pass, But Bears End Preseason 0-4

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Recap: Browns Edge Bears In Final Preseason Exhibition, 13-10

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Phil Dawson’s 36-yard field goal in the final seconds lifted Cleveland over Chicago, 13-10, in the final preseason tilt for both clubs at Browns Stadium.

Colt McCoy took the majority of the snaps and finished 13-of-13 for 131 yards for the Browns, who open their 2010 season September 12 in Tampa. Brett Ratliff wound up 10-of-15 for 93 yards and an interception.

Montario Hardesty ran for a one-yard score in his exhibition debut but left the game in the second quarter with an injured left knee.

Todd Collins was 10-of-15 for 139 yards and a TD pass for the Bears, who begin their regular-season slate September 12 by hosting Detroit.

Rashied Davis led the receivers with three catches for 65 yards while Greg Olsen’s 15-yard catch resulted in Chicago’s lone trip to the end zone.


Report: Garrett Wolfe Will Likely Be Cut

Jeff Dickerson of reports that Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe will likely be cut by the team, after he failed to get much playing time during the Bears’ final preseason game.

“It’s something I totally can’t control,” Wolfe said after the preseason finale. “Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve worked hard and tried to make the most of every single opportunity. I’ll go in with no regrets and know I did everything within reason that I could possibly do every time I got an opportunity. I felt like over my time here, I’ve done everything possible to show them what type of player I am. If it works out, I’d love to be here, if not, it’s out of my control.”
Wolfe only carried the ball three times for zero yards against the Browns, while catching two of the three passes sent his way. His competition, Khalil Bell, received substantially more work, finishing the game with a team-high 12 rushing attempts.

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Report: Bears LB Brian Urlacher Says He Will Be Ready For Season Opener

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on Twitter that Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher expects to play in the Bears’ season opener. Jensen tweets, "Brian Urlacher at halftime: “I’m going to play against the Lions. September 12th.” That’s the first regular season game, BTW.”

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Al Afalava, Garrett Wolfe Among Bears Veterans Seeking Roster Spot

The Sun-Times runs down a list of players on the bubble for this year’s roster, including Al Afalava and Garrett Wolfe, who played quite a bit last year:

Al Afalava: At this juncture, there’s not much the 2009 sixth-rounder may be able to do to earn a roster spot. It’s a precipitous fall for a player who started 13 games as a rookie.

But Afalava hasn’t distinguished himself, and he seems to have fallen behind Josh Bullocks as the fifth safety. Although Craig Steltz has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain, the Bears like his special-teams skills and his ability to play both safety spots.

Garrett Wolfe: The former third-round pick has been passed on the depth chart by Kahlil Bell. But Wolfe’s special-teams prowess may actually keep him gainfully employed by the Bears.

But he’ll need to do something tonight to bolster his standing.

The Bears will need to cut down to the 53-man opening day roster by Saturday afternoon.


Bears Look To Avoid Winless Preseason Against Browns

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bears will try to avoid a winless preseason on Thursday night, when they travel to meet the Cleveland Browns in the final warm-up for each team.

The Bears, who have opened their warm-up slate with defeats at the hands of the Chargers (25-10), Raiders (32-17) and Cardinals (14-9), last finished winless in the preseason in 1998, following that showing up with a 4-12 regular season that prompted the firing of then-head coach Dave Wannstedt after the year.

The Bears, Colts and Chiefs are the only teams in the league that enter the final week of the 2010 preseason without a win.

The offense, presided over by new coordinator Mike Martz, has played to mixed reviews in its three games of warm-up action. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler has completed 19-of-37 passes for 275 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the preseason, and has also been sacked a whopping 10 times.

Jay Cutler won’t start, as reported last night. Rookie Dan LeFevour is expected to see action and then wind up on the practice squad when cutdowns are made, and recently signed veteran Todd Collins will make his first appearance in a Bears uniform and start tonight.

Defensively for the Bears, linebackers Brian Urlacher (calf) and Lance Briggs (ankle) could both be held out for precautionary reasons.

The Browns figure to take a leisurely approach to Thursday’s game as well, with quarterbacks Jake Delhomme (345 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) and Seneca Wallace (230 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) both likely to rest on strong preseason showings.

The bottom of the QB depth chart holds more intrigue, with rookie Colt McCoy (101 passing yards, 2 INT) and Brett Ratliff (61 passing yards, 1 INT) both on the roster bubble.

Following Thursday’s games, all 32 NFL teams will have until 5 pm CT on Saturday evening to trim their rosters to the 53-player maximum.

Cleveland leads the all-time preseason series with Chicago, 16-9, but was a 26-23 road loser when the teams met prior to last season.

The teams also met in meaningful play last Nov. 1st, with the Bears dealing the Browns a 30-6 setback at Soldier Field.

The Browns open their 2010 regular season slate at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 12th, while the Bears play host to the Detroit Lions the same day.


Report: Bears QB Jay Cutler Will Not Play Thursday Vs. Browns

Michael C. Wright of reports that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not play in tomorrow night's preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Rather than risk potential injury, the Bears exercised caution in making a decision to hold out starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler, meanwhile, finished his preseason with only one touchdown pass and a 62.4 rating in leading the Bears to a 31.3 percent conversion rate on third downs in 16 possessions.

Wright reports that the Bears will also rest backup Caleb Hanie and will start Todd Collins.

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