Will Jennings replace Bowman in the starting lineup?

Posted Sept. 29, 2010 @ 5:47 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player, coach or area of the team that is under the microscope. This week, we examine the situation developing at left cornerback.

Some Bears observers were surprised by the quick hook CB Zack Bowman received after missing a tackle in the first half of Chicago's win over Green Bay on Monday night.

Bowman was the top playmaker in the secondary last season, but the coaching staff apparently had seen enough after a little more than two games to bench him. Tim Jennings, who had been contributing exclusively on special teams, took over at left corner for the rest of the game and made the most of his opportunity, impressing head coach Lovie Smith while making seven tackles and recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter that set up the Bears' game-winning drive.

Smith offered no hints as to who would start at left corner vs. the Giants during his Wednesday press conference and said he'll make a decision on the lineup after watching the players practice this week.

Regardless of who gets the nod, the Bears' corners will be tested by a talented receiving corps that includes WRs Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, who is dealing with a concussion, and Hakeem Nicks. Preseason star Victor Cruz will fill in at the No. 3 WR spot if Manningham is out.