Saturday, August 13, 2011
First quarter recap: Bills 3, Bears 0
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears finished the first quarter unsuccessful on offense, while the defense gave up a 44-yard field goal at the end of a 10-play, 45-yard drive to fall behind 3-0.
Reportedly planning to sit out the preseason opener, running back Matt Forte played two snaps, catching one pass for no yards before leaving the game in favor of backup Chester Taylor.
Defensive end Corey Wootton became the team’s first injury casualty when he was declared out for the game by team officials after hurting a knee on the opening kickoff.
Receiver Johnny Knox, who had been rumored to be seeking a trade, took over Devin Hester’s return duties, and provided the team’s lone highlight of the quarter with a 70-yard return after Lindell’s 44-yard field goal.
The Bears were unable to take advantage of the field position, however, and punted after three unsuccessful plays.
Quarterback Jay Cutler participated in just the opening series, and was sacked by rookie Marcell Dareus, before giving way to backup Caleb Hanie, who was sacked twice.