Chandler, a 16-year veteran, practiced Wednesday with the first
team and coach Dick Jauron told him of his assignment at the end of
Last season, Chandler completed 103-of-161 passes for 1,123
yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in relief of Jim
"I know this offense a lot better," Chandler said. "I feel a
lot more comfortable with this offense than I did last year. So I
just tried to get all my physical work in and just try to be ready
for whatever opportunity comes."
The exact nature of Stewart's injury wasn't disclosed. Jauron
and Stewart merely said only that his left leg was swollen.
Stewart said the injury happened two weeks ago in the Bears'
24-21 win over Oakland while he fell out of bounds. Stewart said he
aggravated it in Sunday's 20-13 loss to New Orleans.
"It's a situation where I tweaked it a little bit," Stewart
Stewart has completed 75-of-144 passes for 745 yards with four
touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Bears (1-4).
Jauron wouldn't speculate on what would have happened with the
starting quarterback job this week had Stewart been healthy.
"It's a question that doesn't need to be answered, really,"
Jauron said. "The fact is that Kordell is hurt and Chris is
playing this week."
Chandler may not be the only new face in the Bears' backfield.
Running back Anthony Thomas has a sore foot and didn't practice
Thomas has been listed as doubtful for the game and would be
replaced by second-year player Adrian Peterson.