The Bears suffered injuries, as well as a loss to Green Bay
September 14, 2009, 2:56 AM
By: Jeff Dickerson
GREEN BAY -- This one hurts.
Not only were the Bears coping with a tough loss in the postgame locker room, but they were also coming to grips with all the injuries suffered Sunday night -- the most notable being middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who the Tribune reports will have surgery to fix a dislocated right wrist.
"It's always tough to see your leader go down," said Lance Briggs. "He knows the defense better than anybody, he communicates everything to everybody else. We have depth, and that depth produced. They're going to have to. You have to understand that football is not for long. It can happen any day, and it happened today. Guys got to come up and guys have to play big."
You really can't replace a six-time Pro Bowler, but Hunter Hillenmeyer did an admirable job in the middle, same with Nick Roach on the strong side. Roach was pressed into action because Pisa Tinoisamoa left after the first play with a sprained PCL ligament in his right knee.
"When the guy [Ryan Grant] got tackled, he kind of flew into my knee," said Tinoisamoa. "I hit the ground awkwardly. It's definitely frustrating because it's the first play. The good thing is that the early prognosis is the PCL [sprain]. They tell me Greg Olsen had a similar injury, and was only out two to three weeks. That gives me reason to smile."
Trumaine McBride also left early with a knee sprain, while Desmond Clark was by his locker in visible pain after the game due to a back injury. Danieal Manning, who recorded six tackles and a safety, was also gingerly moving around the locker room.
At least the Bears don't have to face the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers in just seven days.
Jeff Dickerson is our Bears beat reporter and weeknight host on ESPN 1000. He also handles Bears coverage for ABC-7 and appears on "The Chicago Huddle." E-mail comments, questions and feedback by clicking here.