The Chicago Bears are preparing for a big Week 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks without Lance Briggs (ankle), Charles Tillman (ankle), Chris Spencer (knee) and Devin Hester (concussion) at practice on Wednesday. Running back Matt Forte (ankle) engaged in limited participation, but his status for Sunday is still up in the air. With so many starters banged up, the Bears might need to rely on Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to make the difference.
The offensive line is in flux and the team had to seek out free agent guard Andre Gurode just to give the team another warm body for blocking after Lance Louis and Chilo Rachal were moved to reserve lists, so it will be difficult to expect the offense to hold up for the entire game against a Seahawks defense that ranks No. 3 against the pass and No. 12 against the run.
Even so, Seattle has lost three-straight games on the road and they start a rookie quarterback (former Wisconsin Badgers QB Russell Wilson). If Tillman and Briggs can't go, Julius Peppers and Henry Melton will need to make life uncomfortable for Wilson and an offense that ranks No. 31 against the pass.
Tillman and Briggs have both put together a Pro Bowl-caliber seasons thus far in 2012. Both players have picked off two passes and scored two defensive touchdowns, while Briggs leads the team in tackles and Tillman has forced seven fumbles.