Injury Report : The Bears once again had full participation in practice wednesday, with Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) seeing limited action. They've been fortunate this season in the injury department, remaining relatively healthy this deep into the season.
For the Eagles, defensive end Juqua Parker (hip) and cornerback Asante Samuel (knee) were held out of practice. Cornerback Ellis Hobbs is out for the season, with a neck injury suffered in the New York Giants game
Insult Report :Samuel was fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the New York Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan. It's his first fine ever by the NFL, but they're still referring to him as a 'repeat offender'. I watched this hit several times, and I truly can't imagine what Samuels could have done differently in the time and space of this play. He was standing nearly straight up when he made the contact. The league seems to think it can make players reject both their training and normal human reactions.
But there are still some bargains to be had, if you're a defensive player. Punching Ben Roethlisberger in the head is still available for the low, low price of $10,000.
The Mutual Admiration Society : According to the Chicago Sun-Times Andy Reid thinks the Bears are "pretty stinking good", and Jay Cutler thinks Eagles' quarterback is " on a different level". in Chicago Breaking Sports, Cutler discusses Michael Vick, and the importance of balance in the use of Devin Hester in the offensive and return games, "It's kind of a tricky situation because you want him out there on special teams, but you don't want to gas him for the offense, and vice versa: We don't want to gas him on offense and not have him out there on special teams. It's tricky and I think they've done a good job of balancing it so far. I think Devin is comfortable with where he is at in the offense and his ability to return kicks still."