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CHICAGO -- After an impressive opening quarterback by No. 2 quarterback Caleb Hanie, rookie Nate Enderle engineered a second quarter scoring drive to put the Bears ahead 17-7 at halftime.
With the aid of three Cleveland defensive penalties, Enderle marched the Bears down the field on a nine-play, 50-yard scoring drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown run by fourth string running back Robert Hughes.
The Browns finally got on the board near the end of the half when Armond Smith scored on a six-yard run.
The Bears caught a bad break on the injury front, as both running back Kahlil Bell and Craig Steltz got banged up and will not return in the second half. Bell suffered an ankle injury. Steltz limped off the field around the two minute warning with a hip injury. The Bell situation is especially interesting since the Bears were expected to part company with veteran Chester Taylor, who carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards in the first quarterback. If Bell's ankle is bad, perhaps the Bears reconsider the number of running backs they carry on the 53 man roster. Second string rusher Marion Barber did not play Thursday night because of a calf injury.
Safety Chris Conte, defensive end Mario Addison and cornerback Zack Bowman all made memorable defensive plays in the opening half.