Ogunleye was not ruled out of the game, but was downgraded on
the injury list Thursday from questionable to doubtful.
Told that Ogunleye said he had a slight tear, coach Lovie Smith
said his defensive end has been diagnosed with a strained muscle.
"Dr. Adewale? Is he a doctor?" Smith asked. "All I know on
the injury is that you're talking about a muscle strain. Right now
that's what our trainers ... are telling us."
Regardless, Smith will not take a chance on playing Ogunleye
with a serious injury.
"He's our future," the coach said. "We'll be careful with him
and let people tell us exactly what the problem is. Until then
we'll keep him out."
Ogunleye, the sacks leader in the AFC last season with 15 for
Miami, was injured in the third quarter of last Sunday's loss to
Washington when Redskins running back Clinton Portis stepped on his ankle.
Ogunleye was traded to the Bears from the Dolphins on Aug. 21
after he sat out all of training camp in a salary dispute. Chicago
sent top receiver Marty Booker to Miami.
In five games with the Bears, Ogunleye has 20 tackles and one
sack. Tests revealed the extent of the injury, initially announced
as a sprained ankle.
"I've had some tendinitis in the ankle the first couple of
weeks of two-a-days and then in the game," Ogunleye said.
He said there is no timetable for his return and brushed off the
notion that missing so much time in training camp was responsible
for the injury.
"I worked really hard all offseason to keep my body in shape,"
he said. "I was in great condition.
"I just think I got stepped on and I had a slight tear in the
ligament of my ankle and that's the way the game is sometimes."