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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Bears catch break with Grant-less Packers

By Jeff Dickerson

Ryan Grant
Ryan Grant had not missed a game due to injury in three seasons, and now he'll miss most of this year.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Ryan Grant kills the Bears.

The Packers running back has posted a 100-yard game against the Bears in each of the past three seasons. In the past five meetings, the Bears have allowed Grant to rush for a combined 504 yards and five touchdowns (and one touchdown reception).

Even if players are reluctant to admit it, the Bears catch a break with Grant out for the year because of a right ankle injury.

"It comes down to us, that’s my focus," Bears defensive end Israel Idonije said of Grant's absence. "The plays we’ve given up, it’s us. We’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing, second-guessing. Regardless of who they have back there, we want to play well.

"We have worked on the keys and the things to help guys recognize different schemes in different situations that have given us problems. We’re very confident in how we’ll handle the things they’ll throw at us."

The Bears have dominated opponents on the ground, allowing a league-low 28 yards rushing per game in the first two weeks of the season. Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn are definitely serviceable replacements, but not having to face Grant will definitely be a bonus for the Bears on Monday night.