Monday, December 26, 2011
Lance Louis struggles, exits with illness
By Michael C. Wright
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chicago Bears right tackle Lance Louis left during the first half of the team’s 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday because of illness.
Having battled with the illness throughout the week heading into the contest, Louis said he “was just a little under the weather.” Louis left the game in the second quarter after experiencing some nausea, and he was replaced in the lineup by Frank Omiyale. At halftime the team’s athletic training staff administered fluids intravenously to Louis.
“After I went in and got some IVs and came back, [I] tried to give it a go as much as I could,” Louis said.
Six plays into Chicago’s opening drive of the second half, Louis reported as an eligible receiver on a play in which running back Kahlil Bell fumbled near the end zone with Edwin Williams recovering for the touchdown that pulled the Bears to within four points with 11:35 left in the third quarter.
Louis didn’t play another down, and was still shaken by his illness as he dressed in front of a locker after the game.
“I feel a little better now,” Louis said. “But Frank [Omiyale] was going a good job [at right tackle], and there wasn’t really a reason to move him. He did a great job today.”