Bears notebook: Victory may have come at a great cost to Bears
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org November 25, 2012 10:58PM
Bears running back Matt Forte leaves the field in the third quarter of the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings NFL game Sunday November 25, 2012 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: January 25, 2013 1:38AM
A rejuvenating victory did not come without a cost Sunday. The Bears will have to wait until Monday to find out just how big of a price they paid.
Five starters left the game and did not return — running back Matt Forte (ankle), cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle), wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester (concussion) and guards Lance Louis (knee sprain) and Chris Spencer (knee sprain).
Louis’ injury occurred under particularly unfortunate circumstances. He was blindsided by an aggressive block by Vikings’ defensive end Jared Allen during an interception off a deflected pass in the third quarter. Louis is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.
‘‘I thought it was a legal hit,’’ Allen said. ‘‘ I turned around, he was running to make a tackle and I threw myself into him. My condolences to him and his family. I never, ever try and intentionally hurt anybody. I’m just trying to make a block and spring our guy down the sideline.’’
Bears tackle Jonathan Scott didn’t have a problem with it.
‘‘I saw the hit, but we play football,’’ Scott said. ‘‘Can’t have any negative malice against whoever hit him. I try to go full speed, too.’’
Carimi pitches in
Gabe Carimi lost his starting job to Scott this week, but still made an impact as an extra tackle on short-yardage plays. He also played guard for the first time in his life whe he replaced Louis in the third quarter.
‘‘I was glad to get a shot. I’m ready to go wherever they put me,’’ Carimi said. ‘‘I knew the situation as soon as Ed was in there [for Spencer] that I was the backup for all positions besides center. Hopefully Lance is back, though. He’s our true [starting right] guard. It sounds like he should be.’’
Punter Adam Podlesh continued his improved performance, averaging 43.3 net yards on four punts. But he also scored a two-point conversion on a fake PAT after Michael Bush’s first touchdown to give the Bears an 18-3 lead in the second quarter.
‘‘That’s the first time I scored in a football game since my senior year in high school [as a running back],’’ Podlesh said.
‘‘The Vikings had a look that we knew [would] let us run that play. They showed it a couple of times, so we figured that’s we’d make it an automatic — if they showed it again, coach [Dave Toub] said, we’re going to run it.’’
Peterson gets Nick-ed
Bears linebacker Nick Roach said he was just trying tackle Adrian Peterson on a first-quarter carry and got a bonus when Peterson fumbled. Charles Tillman recovered at the Vikings 34. Bush scored six plays later to give the Bears a 7-3 lead.
‘‘Every dog has his day. Fortunately I had mine,’’ Roach said. ‘‘I was just trying to reach out and grab him. And where my hand hit happened to be right on the ball.’’
Peterson has lost five fumbles in his last 891 carries over 46 games — three of them have come against the Bears
Peppers’ 12th block
Vikings placekicker Blair Walsh was 14-of-14 on field goal attempts inside of 40 yards. But Julius Peppers blocked Blair’s 30-yard attempt in the second quarter. It was Peppers’ 12th career blocked kick and the Bears’ 24th blocked kick since Dave Toub became the special teams coordinator in 2004.