ATLANTA—The 2002 injury nightmare worsened for the Bears on Sunday. Already without their best pass-rushing defensive lineman, they lost their best run-stopper when Pro Bowl tackle Ted Washington went out after turning his left ankle early in the second quarter.
Washington did not return to the game as the Bears, who went through all of 2001 without a serious injury to their defense, finished Week 2 of the season with three of their 11 defensive starters outWashington, defensive end Phillip Daniels and cornerback R.W. McQuarters.
Daniels sprained his ankle last week against Minnesota and may miss several weeks. McQuarters, also injured against the Vikings, is expected to miss a few weeks.
Washington was replaced by Alfonso Boone, who was signed to a five-year contract extension last month.
Outside linebacker Warrick Holdman left in the second quarter with a wrist injury. His spot was filled by ex-Eagle Mike Caldwell, signed this off-season as a hedge against losing Holdman through free agency.
Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, whose sack of Daunte Culpepper sealed last week's win over the Minnesota Vikings, was credited with two sacks of Michael Vick. Linebacker Brian Urlacher ran Vick out of bounds in the third quarter for his first sack of 2002.
With Daniels out, the Bears shifted Bryan Robinson from left to right end and started Keith McKenzie at left end, a shuffle intended to strengthen two positions. McKenzie's more natural position is left end, and Robinson is coming off surgery on his left wrist, which he broke in the off-season. He is still regaining strength in his left side.
The offense took an injury hit of its own when right tackle James "Big Cat" Williams sustained a left hip flexor and was replaced by rookie Marc Colombo for the second week in a rowthis time for virtually the entire second half. Colombo was whistled for no penalties.
"It felt good to finally get out there and see what the competition's like," Colombo said. "Chris Villarrial is an awesome run blocker."
Said Villarrial: "I thought he played really well, especially coming into that situation cold. Being young like that and excited, sometimes you make mistakes. But he had no offsides, no penalties. He did a good job."
Besides Daniels and McQuarters, the Bears deactivated offensive linemen Mike Gandy and Terrence Metcalf, receivers Ahmad Merritt and Jamin Elliott and running back Adrian Peterson.