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SLB Tinoisamoa trying to shake off knee issue in time for postseason

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By Dan Parr

Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player, coach or area of the team that is most under the microscope. This week, SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa is the choice.

The Bears have been able to get this deep into the season without suffering any major injuries to key players, but one starter who has had to deal with some health issues is SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early December.

"I look at the list inside the training room and it's only my name for the rehabbing stuff and I'm thinking 'that's not good,'" Tinoisamoa said Wednesday.

"I'm just taking the burden of all the injuries on the team and taking it on myself," he joked. "I'm going to sacrifice. I'm a team player."

Tinoisamoa played against the Jets after missing three consecutive games, but he didn't start and was credited with making only one tackle. He didn't participate in practice Wednesday, according to the team's injury report.

He'll become a free agent after the season and Tinoisamoa, who was playing well earlier this season, may have a difficult time convincing the Bears or another team to invest in him with a long-term contract if there are concerns about his knee or his durability. The Bears would like to see him return to form in time for the playoffs, but Nick Roach, who also will be a free agent, will probably keep getting the starting nod on the strong side if Tinoisamoa is hampered by his knee.

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