Chicago Bears Roster 2011
December 31, 2011 by staff
Chicago Bears Roster 2011, The Chicago Bears will be trying to close out a season that took a drastic turn for the worse on a positive note, while the Minnesota Vikings attempt to avoid making some dubious history when the two injury- plagued NFC North members square off Sunday at the Metrodome.
Though this Week 17 clash won’t harbor any playoff implications for a pair of division rivals that had been enjoying success in the recent past, both teams should still be entering their 2011 season finales with some measure of motivation.
Chicago comes in desperate for a win after having a promising year sabotaged by a five-game losing streak triggered by a host of pivotal players getting hurt. The Bears entered December sporting a 7-3 record and appeared to be in strong position for making a second consecutive postseason trip, but a fractured thumb suffered by quarterback Jay Cutler in a 31-20 victory over San Diego on Nov. 27 sent the club into a downward spiral it wasn’t able to overcome.
The 2010 NFC North champions also lost Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte (sprained knee) and wide receiver Johnny Knox (fractured vertebrae) to season- ending ailments during the stretch run, which also played a part in Chicago’s longest in-season skid since an eight-game drought from Sept. 22-Nov. 18, 2002.
“We got hit by the injury bug really bad this year,” said linebacker Lance Briggs. “It’s still no excuse for not being able to get in the playoffs, but when those injuries started mounting up, we were rolling. The defense was playing well, the offense was rolling and special teams were rolling too.”
The Bears were officially eliminated from playoff contention with last Sunday’s 35-18 loss at NFC front-runner Green Bay. But despite the negative result, there were a couple of encouraging performances from the fill-in cast to take from.
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