Lovie Smith downplays Crabtree impact

February, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a meeting with reporters Saturday, Chicago coach Lovie Smith seemed largely unconcerned about the news that Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree has a stress fracture in his left foot.

The Bears' needs at receiver have been well-documented, and it's possible the injury could leave Crabtree on the board until their No. 18 overall pick in the April draft.

"He's not going to play anytime soon," said Smith, noting training camp is five months away. "It's not a career-ending injury or anything like that. He's a good football player. He's got plenty of time to get well. I don't think that will hurt him a lot. ... Everybody has a history. He has a history. His history is pretty good. I think he'll be all right."

Smith did acknowledge the Bears need to upgrade the position and put it this way: "I think we need a good, solid, No. 2 to step up with Devin [Hester] as much as anything."

I'll be back in a few minutes with Smith's thoughts on the Bears' quarterback depth. You might be surprised. Stay tuned.

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