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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ugly? Sure, but Bears will take it

By Jeff Dickerson

Devin Hester
Devin Hester left the game in the third quarter with a calf injury but he expects to be OK for the Packers.

CHICAGO -- It may have been an ugly game, but after losing four straight, the Chicago Bears will take any victory they can get -- even if it comes at the expense of the awful St. Louis Rams.

"It feels like it's been a long time," Jay Cutler said. "It wasn't the prettiest game, but we pulled it out."

"It's amazing coming into the locker room after playing against the Rams," Tommie Harris chuckled. "It's exciting to get an opportunity to get Monday off. We've been coming in the past month on a Monday and a Tuesday, so it'll be good to get a little time off."

This victory does nothing to change the plight of the organization, but at least it allows us to discuss a few positive things for the next few days -- Jamar Williams, Kevin Payne, Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox and Nick Roach.

  • From a negative standpoint, the Bears made too many mistakes on special teams, especially the botched fake field goal in the second quarter."When you take a chance like that, we are looking to get more points," Lovie Smith said. "At the time, I thought our defense was playing pretty good, so if we didn't get any, at least we had them down on their end of the field."
  • The passing game also stalled after a promising start, likely due somewhat to Cutler re-aggravating the hand injury he initially suffered against the Eagles earlier in the season."I just dinged it a little bit," Cutler said. "I will be fine."
  • Devin Hester also expects to be OK after leaving the game with a calf injury he suffered on a third-quarter run play which resulted in a fumble that Hester recovered.With Hester out, Devin Aromashodu got extended playing time, but failed to record a catch.