The end for punter Ryan Quigley as a Chicago Bear came maybe a week after it had been expected due to a hip injury to regular punter Adam Podlesh, but it wouldn't be surprising for him to pop up on another NFL roster.
At least that's what Podlesh said after the Bears released Quigley Monday to make room for tackle acquisition Jonathan Scott.
"When I had my hip injury, he came in and played well against New York and the Cleveland game, as well," Podlesh said. "Having him on the roster this (past) week shows the NFL that he can punt in this league, that we were very comfortable having him fill in if I wasn't able to go against Indy."
Podlesh played Sunday and wasn't quite his old self with a 33-yarder that went out of bounds, but did make couple of important kicks into the wind while averaging 41.6 yards overall. He had a long of 50 yards.
Injury update: The Bears had no practice Monday, but coach Lovie Smith said injured CB Charles Tillman would not have practiced if there had been one. Tillman suffered a lower leg injury when struck in the league Sunday. Whether he'll play Thursday seems a 50-50 shot at this point, since Smith said his glass was "half-full" on Tillman's availability. Kevin Hayden, who gives up two inches to the 6-foot-2 Tillman, replaced the Pro Bowl CB in the Colts game and would get the start if Tillman cannot play. ... Two other injuries that had not been mentioned after the game were revealed by Smith. TE Kyle Adams had a sore shoulder and would not have been able to practice, while starting LT J'Marcus Webb suffered a thumb injury and would have practiced on a limited basis.
DT-DE: The Bears flashed a formation at times Sunday that put DE Julius Peppers at the right DT spot, with Shea McClellin moving outside to right DE. It's certain to be something opponents take note of in the future. "To me, you have to be concerned if Julius Peppers is lining up over you," Smith said.
Back to football: Defensive tackle Nate Collins is eligible to play and returned to the 53-man roster this week after sitting out a game for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Bears did not need to cut anyone when Collins became available because they played the first game with only a 52-man roster.
Home crowd beauty: Smith followed up on QB Jay Cutler's Sunday comment about needing Soldier Field fans to be wiser about when to make noise. They disrupted the home team's offense by hollering and forced a timeout. "As a general rule, when our defense is out there, that’s the beauty of having a home crowd, when our defense is on the field and their offense is trying to get their different communication that they have to go through," Smith said. "When we have the ball offensively, yes, we would like for our crowd to be as quiet as possible then. Of course we’d love you (fans) to cheer right after the play. But in between when we’re trying to communicate, yes, we definitely need them to be quiet then."
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