Bears right tackle James "Big Cat" Williams has been hit with a pair of $5,000 fines in the wake of Monday night's Green Bay game, and one of the infractions is likely to intensify the Bears-Packers rivalry.
According to a CBS report Sunday, Williams was fined $5,000 for "stomping" on a Packers player. A second $5,000 was assessed for what one source believed to be a leg whip, a move on which the league is trying to crack down.
Learning on the job
After the rash of injuries, defensive coordinator Greg Blache said asking backups to execute all of the schemes and calls that the regular starters execute was too much. Now offensive coordinator John Shoop is facing the same situation on his line.
With Mike Gandy starting at left guard in place of the injured Rex Tucker, Shoop realizes that Gandy's promotion will affect certain blocking assignments.
"You can't just try to put a square peg in a round hole, so to speak," Shoop said.
Marc Colombo, starting at left tackle in place of the struggling Bernard Robertson, will be expected to handle whatever defensive end he faces because "it's realistic to ask a first-round draft pick to block any [outside rusher] that shows in front of him," Shoop said. "We'll be in situations where we know how to help our offensive linemen in terms of protecting the quarterback, and we'll do that."
Robertson is expected to practice at guard as well as tackle.
Waiting on Mannelly
Long snapper Pat Mannelly has undergone an MRI exam on a knee he injured last week in practice. Mannelly, a sixth-round pick in the 1998 draft, has missed only one game in four-plus seasons.
Brian Urlacher isn't worriedyet.
"The bye week came at the right time, obviously, with us playing so bad right now," he said.
"But I don't think it's time to hit the panic button yet."
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