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Bears rookie report: Week 17

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By Dan Parr

Chicago's rookie class went out with a whimper in the Bears' win over the Vikings in Week 17.

The Bears' primary rookie contributors on offense — WR Dane Sanzenbacher and RB Armando Allen — had quiet days. Sanzenbacher, who finished the season fourth on the team in receptions (27), was targeted by QB Josh McCown four times but made only two catches for 27 yards. Allen rushed four times for eight yards.

No Bears rookie was credited with making a tackle on defense in the press box statistics. Rookie S Winston Venable contributed on special teams, tackling Vikings CB-RS Marcus Sherels after a 28-yard return on the game's opening kickoff.

Although they had already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears started McCown over fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle, and they didn't even feel comfortable enough with Enderle to make him McCown's primary backup. Caleb Hanie was the No. 2 quarterback vs. Minnesota. Enderle was inactive.

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