The big question for the Bears is how Brian Urlacher’s knee will hold up the further the team gets into the regular season.
The Bears' strength at linebacker could shine through against the Broncos' rushing attack.
He may have lost a step, but Antonio Gates can still be highly effective and will be a difficult assignment for Bears defenders.
The Bears re-signed SLB Nick Roach to a two-year deal worth about $4 million.
The most glaring hole in the Bears' roster is at linebacker, where Nick Roach is a free agent.
The Bears will enter the draft with only two linebackers under contract, but sources don't expect them to address linebacker early in the draft.
This is the seventh of position-by-position looks at the Bears personnel entering the 2011 offseason. The series continues with an analysis of Chicago's LB situation.
SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early December, has started only game for the Bears since Nov. 14.
The Bears will be without SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa for the fourth time in their last five games when they play the Vikings Monday night.
The Bears' top two strong-side linebackers, Pisa Tinoisamoa and Nick Roach, did not practice Wednesday.
Bears SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa will not play Sunday vs. the Lions and Nick Roach will start in his place.
PFW recently asked Bears LB Nick Roach, who will be a free agent after the season, if he wants to stay in Chicago beyond 2010.
Here is a sampling of what Bears players are saying in advance of their Week 13 battle against the Lions.
The Bears will be without starting SLB Pisa Tinoisamoa when they play the Dolphins Thursday night.
PFW spoke with Bears CB D.J. Moore earlier this week at Halas Hall and asked him to grade his performance in the first quarter of the season. We also found out which of his teammates he admires the most.
The Bears announced Monday that restricted free-agent LB Nick Roach has signed his one-year tender offer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The word out of Halas Hall is that three key Bears defenders who have had their share of injury problems — LBs Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa and DT Tommie Harris — are feeling pretty healthy.