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Chicago Bears Place Chris Conte On IR, Promote 3 Players From Practice Squad

The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that rookie safety Chris Conte has been placed on injured reserve because of a foot injury. Conte made nine starts and appeared in all 14 games for the team this season. With Conte and Johnny Knox sidelined by injury and Sam Hurd no longer on the team, Chicago had some roster spots to fill:

With Conte and Knox on IR and receiver Sam Hurd no longer on the team, the Bears promoted receiver Max Komar, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, and running back Armando Allen from the practice squad.

This weekend the Bears travel to Green Bay for a game they must win in order to preserve their slim playoff chances.

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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Bears WR Looking At 3-4 Month Recovery, According To Report

Johnny Knox underwent successful surgery on his spine on Monday, the Chicago Bears announced, and while Knox is definitely finished for the rest of the 2011 season, his long-term prognosis sounds good. This is what a league source told the Tribune's Vaughn McClure:

According to a league source, Knox cracked a facet joint, which help keep the spinal column stable. He should be recovered within three to four months, according to the source.

That's encouraging news considering how bad the hit on Knox looked, and it also matches the recovery timeline offered as an educated guess by spinal surgeon Neel Anand on Sunday night. If this report is accurate, then Knox would seem to be on track to play in 2012 and beyond.

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Bears Coach Lovie Smith Noncommittal On Week 16 Starter

With the Chicago Bears' playoff hopes all but six feet deep, a change at quarterback would be little more than a cosmetic change to a season that is quickly becoming something close to a nightmare. But with that said, Bears head coach Lovie Smith would not commit to naming Caleb Hanie the starter for the Bears' Week 16 game vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Hanie has started four game in Jay Cutler's absence, and after a promising debut against the Oakland Raiders, his performance has been subpar. He's thrown three touchdowns to nine interceptions, and has completed exactly 50% of his passes. He's also twice put up a QB rating under 35.

If Smith opts to make a change, he may go with recent free agent signing Josh McCown, who hasn't started an NFL game since 2007, or he may choose rookie Nathan Enderle, a 2011 fifth round pick out of Idaho.

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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Bears WR Suffered Fractured Vertebrae

Bears WR Johnny Knox, who will undergo spinal surgery Monday morning, suffered a fractured vertebrae, said Lovie Smith this morning on his radio show. Though Knox will obviously be out for the rest of the Bears' season, it's unknown how long the injury will keep him sidelined.

Knox is the Bears' leading receiver on the season, having hauled in 37 balls for 727 yards and two touchdowns. Clearly his production will be missed, especially in the big play department, where Knox led all Bears receivers in yards per catch with 19.7 and first downs with 31. With Knox out, it will be up to Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, Roy Williams and Kellen Davis to revitalize what has been a stagnant passing attack.

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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Spinal Surgeon Says Bears WR Should Be Ready For 2012 Season

The Sun-Times' Sean Jensen caught up with spinal surgeon Neel Anand, who works for the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, and asked him about Johnny Knox's prognosis. Encouraged by the news that Knox has full movement throughout his body, Anand was relatively optimistic:

"Neurologically, he's completely fine," said Anand, the director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. "The only thing left is the nature of the stability."

The doctor added that he thinks Knox will be ready to play in 2012 even if he must endure a "complete reconstruction." An innocuous fracture, requiring just screws and rods to fix, could have Knox back in three-to-six months, Anand said.

Knox suffered the gruesome-looking injury in the first quarter of the Bears' loss to Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Bears WR Set For Surgery

The Chicago Bears, who have been seen their offense decimated by injuries over the past month, will be without the services of WR Johnny Knox for an extended period of time, as he will undergo surgery on Monday. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Knox will undergo surgery to stabilize a vertebrae in his back following a scary injury in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

@BradBiggs: WR Johnny Knox will undergo surgery Monday to stabilize a vertebrae in his back.

This will be another significant loss for the Chicago Bears, who are already missing both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte because of injuries. Knox has developed into a solid receiving threat for the Bears, as he has made 37 catches for 727 yards and 2 TD's this season.

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Final Score: Seattle Crushes Chicago In Second Half, Wins 38-14

The Chicago Bears came into Sunday's game needed a victory, but they didn't come particularly close to meeting that goal in a brutal 38-14 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. This game was sort of like a microcosm of how each team has played recently, as the Bears have now lost four straight games while the Seahawks have won five of their past six games.

Chicago actually had a 14-7 lead going into halftime against Seattle, but things quickly unraveled in the second half. Seattle outscored Chicago 17-0 in the third quarter, and then carried that momentum with them into the fourth quarter. The Bears just couldn't get anything going offensively, devolving into a series of poor plays that allowed the Seahawks to effectively run away with the game.

It got bad enough that Caleb Hanie, the recent replacement for injured quarterback Jay Cutler, was bench late in the fourth quarter. Things didn't get much better with his replacement, though, as Josh McCown ended up throwing an interception on his second pass upon entering the game. 

It was just an all-around brutal second half for Chicago, which looked totally overmatched on offense. The Bears finish the game with 221 yards of total offense, but they were only able to muster one offensive touchdown given the five turnovers they committed today. The loss drops Chicago to 7-7 on the year, a stunning situation for the Bears to be in after winning seven of their first ten games. 

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Score Update: Seattle Takes 31-14 Lead After Dominant Third Quarter

A solid performance allowed the Chicago Bears to take a 14-7 lead into halftime against the Seattle Seahawks, but an awful third quarter has Seattle leading 24-14 early in the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon. The Bears played well in the second quarter as they took the lead, but totally faltered in the third quarter after a deflating mistake by Caleb Hanie.

Seattle quickly tied the game at 14-14 early in the third quarter on Marshawn Lynch's second touchdown of the day, but things quickly unraveled from there.  Following that touchdown, pressured Hanie threw the ball directly to Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, who easily returned the interception for a touchdown to put Seattle up 21-14. 

That play essentially took all of the air out of stadium and slowed Chicago's offense to a halt. They've essentially done nothing since that play, allowing the Seahawks to get quality field position and convert those opportunities into scores. A short field led to a Seattle field goal, pushing the lead to 24-14, and a touchdown early in the fourth quarter has pushed the lead to 31-14.

It's been a stunning turn of events for a Bears defense that actually looked quite good in the first half. Seattle has had little troubling scoring since then, particularly given the kind of field position that they're getting on each possession. The Bears have the ball now early in the fourth, but it would take an unforeseen offensive explosion to make this game competitive.

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Score Update: Chicago Leads 14-7 At Halftime

After initially trailing 7-0 in the first quarter following a series of mistakes that allowed the Seattle Seahawks to take the lead, the Chicago Bears are now up 14-7 as the two teams go into halftime on Sunday afternoon. A defensive touchdown by the Bears late in the first quarter tied the game up at 7-7, and it was the offense that came through later to put Chicago ahead.

Chicago's offense struggles of late have been chronicled in detail, with injuries forcing the team to depend on the likes of quarterback Caleb Hanie and running back Marion Barber in recent weeks. That formula hasn't worked so far, but it did show some signs of life late in the second period as Hanie led the offense on a ten-play, 57-yard drive that concluded with an impressive 25-yard touchdown pass to Kahlil Bell. That nice toss from Hanie is shown below:

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Hanie may not be anything close to Jay Cutler, but it's worth noting that he's at least continued to show flashes of potential. It also helps that Chicago's defense continues to thrive, too. Seattle had just 84 yards of total offense in the first half, as Tavaris Jackson completed just four passes for 51 yards and Marshawn Lynch was held to only 27 yards rushing on ten carries. 

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Score Update: Chicago, Seattle Tied Early In Second Quarter

It's been a defensive battle between the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks so far on Sunday afternoon, but the score is tied at 7-7 after each team was able to take advantage of a turnover. Neither team has accumulated more than 70 total yards yet today, but the defenses have helped to put points on the board.

Seattle took an early 7-0 lead thanks to a couple of tough mistakes by Chicago. A fumble by Johnny Knox in Chicago territory helped to put the Seahawks in a position to score, but the defense was impressive in limited the Seahawks to a field goal attempt. A penalty by Corey Graham during the attempt gave Seattle a new first down, though, and the Bears couldn't stop the Seahawks a second time around. Marshawn Lynch scored his tenth touchdown of the season on the play following the penalty.

But the Bears defense, doing its part to carry the team as the offense struggles, managed to put the Bears on the board with a fumble recovery in the end zone:


After pushing the Seahawks inside of their own 5, Julius Peppers managed to knock the ball out of Tavaris Jackson's hand, and defensive tackle Israel Idonje recovered the ball in the end zone to tie the game up at 7-7. Chicago has actually gained more yardage than Seattle today, with the Seahawks being limited to just 54 total yards so far.

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Johnny Knox Injury Update: Bears WR Carried Off On Stretcher After Hard Hit

Boy, I'm not sure that any of us have ever seen a hit like this before. Early in the first quarter of Sunday's game between the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox needed to be carried off the field on a stretcher after literally being bent backwards on a brutal hit from defensive end Anthony Hargrove.

Knox caught the ball in the open field and appeared to have a quality gain, but he got stripped on the play and tried to recover by diving for the loose ball. Hargrove tried to make essentially the same diving play at the same time, leading to an unfortunate situation where Knox was essentially driven backwards and bent in half. The video is shown below, but be aware that you're about to feel very, very bad for Mr. Knox:


Knox laid idle on the field for minutes before a stretcher was finally brought out. He didn't move while laying on the ground initially, but managed to raise his fist to an eruption of cheering while being carted off the field. The injury is officially being described as a mid-back injury, and he won't return for the game.

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Seattle Seahawks Inactives: Bears Will Face Relatively Healthy Seahawks

Both the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks are dealing with season ending injuries to a few key players. The Bears are missing starting QB Jay Cutler and starting RB Matt Forte, while the Seahawks are missing starting WR Sidney Rice and starting OT Russel Okung, but where the bad news kept on coming for the Bears on Sunday, the Seahawks will enter their Week 15 match up with an otherwise clean bill of health.

Here is the full inactive list for the Seahawks:

The Seahawks third quarterback today will be ex-Florida Gator and ex-Maryland Terrapin Josh Portis, who impressed in the preseason.

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Chicago Bears Inactives: Bears Missing Two Key Defensive Pieces vs. Seahawks

 

The Chicago Bears injury report is starting to look something more like a list of potential Pro Bowl candidates. Along with QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte— both of whom are expected to be out for the season— DT Henry Melton, who is tied for the NFL lead in sacks amongst defensive tackles, and S Major Wright have been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

Here is the full inactive list:

  • QB Jay Cutler
  • RB Matt Forte
  • OT Levi Horn
  • DT Henry Melton
  • TE Andre Smith
  • S Major Wright

The good news for the Bears is that WR/KR Devin Hester, who "tweaked" his ankle in practice this week, is active for today's game.

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Marion Barber Fantasy Projection: Barber Projected For Minimal Impact Vs. Seahawks

All fantasy owners can do is ask for their players to get touches, and those that plucked Marion Barber off the waiver wire were rewarded in Week 14 when he ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries vs. the Denver Broncos. But the Chicago Bears will be facing a much stiffer run defense this week in the Seattle Seahawks, and the projection for Barber is a safe bit under his production from last week.

numberFire.com has Barber projected for 66 total yards with a 40% chance of scoring a touchdown, which puts him as the No. 20 overall running back for the week. With the running back position across the NFL as thin as it is, Barber is still likely to get many looks at RB2 and flex spots, but don't expect a big game from the ex-Cowboy.

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Week 15 NFL Picks: ESPN Panelists See Bears Staying In NFC Wildcard Race

The Chicago Bears now have an uphill battle to regain an NFC Wildcard spot, and only three weeks left to make up the necessary ground, but at least the eight-man panel of experts at ESPN like the Bears to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. In fact, the panel split 7-1 in favor of the Bears, with the only dissenter being the Seth Wickersham -- the second-most accurate prognosticator of the group. Brian Urlacher and the defense has still been playing fairly well during the team slump, and the Bears are much better at home that the Seahawks are on the road, but it's a bit surprising so many experts found enough faith in Caleb Hanie to give the Bears the edge in Week 15.

As we all know by now, the Atlanta Falcons already won this week by absolutely destroying the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, so all the Bears can do is hope to keep pace there. Here is how the panel came down on other critical NFC Wildcard matchups:

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Seattle Seahawks Injury Report, Week 15: Tarvaris Jackson, Doug Baldwin Probable

The Seattle Seahawks have released their latest injury report:

Out

None

Questionable

OT Jarriel King (hamstring)

Probable

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
DE Raheem Brock (calf)
CB Kennard Cox (hamstring)
G Robert Gallery (hip)
LB David Hawthorne (knee)
OLB Leroy Hill (neck)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
CB Richard Sherman (knee)

Several Seattle players missed practice time this week, including Baldwin, Brock, Hawthorne, King and Sherman; but all of the players listed on the injury report fully participated in Friday's practice, and with the exception of King, all of them are on track to be ready to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. That's good news for the Seahawks considering the list includes five first string players (two offense, three defense), though if King is unable to go, that will cost them some flexibility up front.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report, Week 15: Matt Forte, Jay Cutler Out; Henry Melton, Devin Hester Questionable

The Chicago Bears have released their Week 15 Injury Report:

Out

QB Jay Cutler
RB Matt Forte
WR Sam Hurd (released)

Questionable

DT Henry Melton
WR Devin Hester

Probable

CB Charles Tillman
G Edwin Williams
S Major Wright

The biggest news of the week has surrounded now-released WR Sam Hurd, who was arrested on federal drug charges on Thursday. The Bears used Hurd mostly on special teams, and have since promoted DE Thaddeus Gibson.

The Bears are also struggling on the injury front, with DT Henry Melton (7.0 sacks) and Devin Hester (league-leading 18.5 yards per punt return) questionable against the Seattle Seahawks. The Chicago offense will also be turning once again to backups QB Caleb Hanie and RB Marion Barber to lead the offense with Cutler and Forte still on the mend.

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Sam Hurd Arrested: Chicago Bears Cut Troubled Wide Receiver

According to Audrey Irvine of CNN, the Chicago Bears have released WR Sam Hurd following his ongoing legal troubles.

Signed as a free agent after five years with the Dallas Cowboys, Sam Hurd was arrested on Thursday morning during a sting operation executed by Homeland Security. According to federal agents, Hurd was attempting to purchase large amounts of cocaine and marijuana for the express purpose of distribution in the Chicagoland area and among a yet-disclosed list of NFL players.

The Bears initially did not know of Hurd's legal trouble until after he failed to arrive at practice on Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, the Bears promoted DE Thaddeus Gibson from their practice squad, likely foreshadowing today's release of Hurd.

Playing in 12 games this year, Hurd mostly contributed on special teams, causing a fumble and recovering two. He also had 8 receptions for 109 yards and no touchdowns.

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Week 15 NFL Lines And Odds: Bears Vs. Seahawks

The Seahawks (6-7) have actually been playing better football than the Chicago Bears (7-6) in the past few weeks, but the Bears are very solid at home and the Seahawks notoriously struggle on the road. Has the stink of Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie scared odds makers away from the Bears in Week 15? Actually, no. The line for the game opened with the Bears as 4-point favorites, and it has only fallen slightly to 3.5 in favor of the Bears even in the wake of the Sam Hurd distraction, according to OddsShark.

The Bears have had serious trouble scoring points or even looking like a professional NFL offense ever since Jay Cutler went down with a broken thumb, while the Seahawks have actually scored well lately by riding Marshawn Lynch early and often. The over/under for the game opened at 35.5 points, and has stayed firm since announced. It's hard to see this game reaching the over with the Bears offense playing so poorly, but remember that Devin Hester is always lurking for a big special teams return.

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Seattle Seahawks Injury Report, Week 15: Doug Baldwin Returns To Practice

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was unable to practice on Wednesday after he suffered an ankle injury in the Seahawks' Monday night win over St. Louis, but he returned and fully participated on Thursday. Linebacker David Hawthorne also returned Thursday after missing Wednesday's workouts.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is still listed on the team's injury report with the pectoral injury that has been nagging him for some time now, but he's been able to fully participate in practice all week.

Defensive end Raheem Brock and offensive guard Robert Gallery sat out for the second consecutive day, while offensive tackle Jarriel King and cornerback Richard Sherman also were held out.

Cornerback Kennard Cox and linebacker Leroy Hill are banged up but fully participating.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report, Week 15: Henry Melton, Charles Tillman Miss Practice

A couple of important Chicago Bears defensive players have missed their second practice in a row on Thursday: defensive tackle Henry Melton and cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman picked up his second interception of the season last week against the Denver Broncos.

Guard Edwin Williams and safety Major Wright were limited for the second consecutive day of practice. They are expected to play on Sunday. Linebacker Lance Briggs returned to practice after missing Wednesday's workouts for reasons not related to injury.

Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, of course, are nursing long-term injuries and haven't been able to practice this week either. Cutler thinks there is an "outside" chance he will be able to play against the Green Bay Packers, though.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: Chicago To Promote DE Thaddeus Gibson

In the wake of the Sam Hurd arrest, the Chicago Bears have begun the process of promoting DE Thaddeus Gibsonfrom the practice squad. Though the Bears have not officially announced the transaction, Chicago is likely to drop Sam Hurd from their roster as a result of his developing legal trouble with the federal government.

A former linebacker out of Ohio State, Thaddeus Gibson has spent time with the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- who drafted him, released him, and then tried to claim him in 2010.

Gibson, who accrued 10.0 sacks with the Ohio State Buckeyes, has played in two NFL games, collecting three tackles and either 1 or 2 forced fumbles -- depending on the source.

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Sam Hurd Arrested: Shocking Details Emerge On The Federal Charges The Bears WR Faces

Chicago Bears wide receiver and special teams contributor Sam Hurd was arrested late Wednesday night in Chicago and now faces major federal drug charges stemming from a July incident in North Texas. The criminal complaint and the attached affidavit of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent has become available and here are some of the details about the origins of the charges:

  • It is alleged that Hurd did "knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together, and with other persons known and unknown, to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine..."
  • One of Hurd's associates had been negotiating a major drug purchase of four kilograms of cocaine with a criminal informant in July of 2011, and when federal investigators stopped Hurd's vehicle pursuant to their investigation on July 27th, they seized a bag full of marijuana and $88,000 in cash.
  • Hurd then allegedly resumed operations to obtain large quantities of cocaine for distribution in December, and Hurd became involved in face-to-face dealings with an undercover agent on December 14th. He told the federal agent that he was interested in purchasing  five to ten kilos of cocaine, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute and deal in the Chicago area. 
  • Hurd then received a kilo of coke from the agent and made arrangements to make payment after team practice, at which point Hurd was arrested.    

The Chicago Bears have issued the following statement on Hurd's arrest:

We are aware of Sam's arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it," the Bears said in a statement. We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.    

This may be the biggest drug case in NFL history.

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NFL Picks Week 15: Chicago Bears And Other Wildcard Hopefuls Earn Favor Of CBS Sports Panel

CBS Sports' panel of five experts has released their picks for Week 15 in the NFL, and there is actually some hope that the Chicago Bears can keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, the CBS crew also expects the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Detroit Lions to win this week. Apparently you shouldn't expect the Bears to gain much ground in the NFC Wildcard race, but a week where they don't lose critical ground would certainly be a welcome sight for fans. 

The panel is split 4-1 in favor of the Bears on Sunday, with Dave Brinson -- the least accurate man on the panel -- as the only dissenter. What about the rest of the NFC Wildcard hopefuls?

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Sam Hurd Arrested: Chicago Bears WR Picked Up On Federal Drug Charges, According to Report

Chicago Bears wide receiver and special teams contributor Sam Hurd was arrested late Wednesday night on federal drug charges, according to Jason Trahan of the Dallas Morning NewsThe charges stem from an incident where Hurd allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from a supplier in North Texas. The case will be adjudicated in Texas, and the Dallas Offcie of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will handle the process -- something that is typically reserved for things more serious than a personal drug possession case. According to the 

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Hurd signed a three-year contract with the Bears this past off-season, and has recorded 109 yards receiving on eight receptions in 2011. He is 26-years old and is in his 6th NFL season.  

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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Bears QB Says There's A Chance He Plays Against Packers

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler joined the local ESPN radio affiliate Waddle & Silvy on WMVP-AM1000 on Thursday morning, and told listeners there is an outside chance he could return to action on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers. If the Bears are still in the NFC Wildcard race by then, it offers fans some real hope of salvaging a seemingly lost season. Cutler injured his thumb in Week 11 against the San Diego Chargers while trying to make a tackle after an interception, and here is what he had to say on the air:

On a possible Week 16 return

I'll say outside. I wouldn't say it's good or definite or even a real possibility. There's always a chance.

On recovering from surgery to repair his broken thumb

It's kind of like trying to relearn it. The ball was a little foreign in my hands. It's a little bit stiff. And those pins in there, that adds a little bit of a shooting pain. In the next few weeks we have to figure out once all the swelling's going whether I can manage with these pins or we're going to have to pull them.    

It's probably worth noting that there is absolutely no downside to floating the idea of playing in Week 16 to perhaps give the Bears an edge in game-planning and force the Packers to think about two completely different quarterback situations for the game. If the team loses to the Seahawks, it would probably be wise to just shut Cutler down for the rest of the season, but if they can get a win on Sunday the NFC Wildcard is definitely still in play. This is a situation that will merit a close look for Bears fans everywhere.

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Seattle Seahawks Injury Report: WR Doug Baldwin, OG Robert Gallery Don't Participate In Wednesday Practice

The Seattle Seahawks have won four of their last five games and now sit at 6-7, with a chance -- albeit a slim one -- to sneak into the NFC playoff picture. Seattle will likely need to win out, and that challenge starts Sunday at Solider Field against the Chicago Bears. The Bears are 7-6, meaning the Seahawks can actually pull ahead of the Bears with a win on Sunday thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin didn't practice Wednesday thanks to an ankle injury. The Stanford product broke out last week against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night football, hauling in seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin has put together a nice rookie year, and now has 45 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

The other notable player to miss practice on Wednesday for Seattle was guard Robert Gallery. The former Iowa Hawkeye sat out with a hip injury.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report: Peanut Tillman, Henry Melton Held Out Of Practice

The injury bug has bitten the Chicago Bears hard over the last three weeks, so much so that it now appears Lovie Smith's once 7-3 football team will be watching the playoffs from home, not competing in them. With parity so rampant in the NFL, every team has a tough time absorbing injuries. This was particularly true for a top-heavy Bears troupe even before Jay Cutler and Matt Forte suffered season-ending injuries.

The Bears look to end their three-game slide against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in their final home game of the season. If Chicago has any prayer at the postseason, they'll need a win. Wednesday's injury report listed defensive starters Henry Melton and Charles Tillman, neither of whom practiced on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of the notable names listed by Chicago:

Did Not Participate

DT Henry Melton - Shin

CB Charles Tillman - Knee

Limited Participation

S Major Wright - Shoulder

G Edwin Williams - Calf

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Chicago Bears Running Back Marion Barber Warned By NFL About Not Talking To Media

Marion Barber did some good things for the Chicago Bears in Week 14, rushing 108 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, but his day will forever be defined by two mistakes: failing to stay in bounds on a second down run during a Bears' possession near the end of regulation, and a critical fumble in overtime that allowed Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to seal a 13-10 comeback victory. Barber left the team locker room early to avoid a post-game interview, and now a team media relations spokesman has told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that the NFL has warned Barber he will be fined if he continues to avoid interviews with the media.

The seven-year NFL veteran has long been wary of media interviews ever since he joined the league will the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, but the NFL collective bargaining agreement requires all players to make themselves available to the media. If they fail to do so, media can submit a complaint and the NFL can fine the player for non-participation. Barber hasn't spoken much in a Bears uniform, and did answer several questions back in training camp, but with such critical mistakes in Week 14 he is now in serious demand. 

Perhaps he will speak after practice on Wednesday if he is concerned about a fine from the league.

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Caleb Hanie Press Conference: 'I'm Trying To Do The Best I Can'

The Chicago Bears have been struggled to stay in the NFC Wildcard race after two tough losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos in the past two weeks, and nobody has been under more fire than Bears' quarterback Caleb Hanie. On Wednesday, Hanie went before the media to answer questions about the team's poor performances on offense in particular. 

Speaking to Seattle-area reporters via conference call, Hanie had this to say when asked about the general mood about the team in the city of Chicago heading into Week 15:

I couldn't really tell you. I've been locked up in a hole trying to study and get ready for Seattle, really. It's not like I've been hitting the streets of Chicago talking to the fans. But I assume it's not very good. The fans want to win games worse than anybody, so we need to get some wins for these guys.

via The News Tribune. Talking with Chicago media, Hanie had these things to say about his recent performances: 

I own all the passes that I miss, just got to hit it. I'd love to be 3-0, I'm trying to do the best I can. It's a tough game. Quarterback's a tough position.

via Zach Zaidman on Twitter. Hanie has been quite bad in 2011 so far, completing just 51.9% of his passes for two touchdowns and six interceptions and a quarterback rating of 48.6. The Bears desperately need a win in Week 15 to stay alive in the NFC Wildcard race, so the pressure is squarely on Hanie to turn things around.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks Preview: Chicago Hoping To Re-Enter Wild Card Race

The Chicago Bears hope to find their rhythm on offense against a hot Seattle Seahawks team.

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