Bet on it: Kreutz should play

November, 18, 2009
11/18/09
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By Jeff Dickerson
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBears center Olin Kreutz has started 111 consecutive games.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Although a bad back has forced Olin Kreutz to skip the past two days of practice, the veteran center does not appear in danger of missing the Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday night at Soldier Field. After all, Kreutz has started 111 consecutive games -- the third longest streak of any active center in the NFL.

"I think you look at history a little bit," Chicago Bearscoach Lovie Smith said. "How many games has Olin Kreutz missed? He hasn't missed a lot. It's going to take a lot for him to miss (a game). If I was a betting man, I 'd say he'd be out there."

Is Smith a betting man?

"I'm not," the coach replied.

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