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Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije - #71 - DE

Status Inactive
Height/Weight 6' 6"/ 275 lbs.
Birthday 11/17/1980
Birthplace Brandon, MB
College Manitoba
Years played 10

Jets-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 7:48 p.m. ET
Jets ORT Wayne Hunter could find himself lined up across from one of the league's best pass rushers in his fourth career start.

Patriots-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 07, 2010 @ 7:05 p.m. ET
For the Bears' cover-2 defense to be effective against the Patriots, Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije need to get into the backfield and disrupt QB Tom Brady's rhythm.

Peppers, Idonije charged with containing Vick

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 7:10 p.m. ET
When Eagles QB Michael Vick can't find an open receiver, he'll tuck the ball and take off running if pass rushers don't have him cornered.

Vikings-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 6:13 p.m. ET
It's Israel Idonije, not Julius Peppers, who is leading the Bears in sacks with five, and he should face the banged-up Phil Loadholt one-on-one in pass-rush situations consistently on Sunday.

Five questions with PFW publisher Hub Arkush

Posted Nov. 04, 2010 @ 4:29 p.m. ET
This week, Hub Arkush says DE Israel Idonije looks like the Bears' most improved player. He also questions the Bears' decision to not put a claim in on Randy Moss.

Bears-Bills matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 02, 2010 @ 7:43 p.m. ET
Bears DE Julius Peppers has been pretty disruptive this season, and he could ramp up his production against the Bills on Sunday.

With Peppers, Bears’ pass rush still struggling to produce

Posted Oct. 23, 2010 @ 11:26 p.m. ET
With pass-protection issues endangering QB Jay Cutler and frequent personnel changes on the offensive line receiving most of the attention in Chicago, the Bears' performance on defense is flying a bit under the radar.

Seahawks-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 6:37 p.m. ET
Matt Hasselbeck was sacked seven times in the two games before Seattle's Week Five bye, and he could struggle to establish much of a rhythm with Julius Peppers bearing down on him Sunday.

Week Five Players of the Week

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 10:42 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Bears RB Matt Forté, Bears DE Israel Idonije and Lions RS-WR Stefan Logan as its Players of the Week.

Bears players of the week

Posted Oct. 10, 2010 @ 7:13 p.m. ET
Matt Forté, Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije starred in the Bears' Week Five win.

Bears DE Idonije says D-line needs to step up

Posted Sept. 23, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m. ET
Bears DE Israel Idonije told PFW it's time for the defensive line to ramp up its production.

Bears could regret cutting cord with Brown

Posted April 01, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m. ET
Veteran DE Alex Brown has moved on from Halas Hall — for better or worse. And according to many close to the team, the Bears could be a lot worse off without him.


Posted April 01, 2010
The Chicago Bears have released veteran defensive end Alex Brown.||||||| Mark Anderson, who had strong rookie season in 2006 with 12 sacks, could now be the starter. The Bears also intend to move Idonije from tackle to defensive end.
Posted Dec. 31, 2009
Idonije was miss Sunday's season finale after suffering a foot injury against Minnesota on Monday.||||||| Idonije has a chance to be a vital part for the Bears defense next season, especially as a defensive end.
Posted May 29, 2009
Idonije has agreed to a two-year contract extension that keeps him with the Chicago Bears through 2011.||||||| Idonije started three games and appeared in all 16 last season, posting career highs with 28 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. A former undrafted free agent, Idonije has appeared in 71 games over the past five seasons, registering 99 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks.
Posted Sept. 08, 2006
Idonije is questionable for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears defensive tackle is recovering from an ankle injury that caused him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday.||||||| Idonije is expected to play on Sunday, but his role was never higher than backup to Adewale Ogunleye at left defensive end. Idonije had 10 tackles and one fumble recovery in 11 games -- one start -- for the Bears in 2005.