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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Another Bears injury


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Add one more injured defensive back to the Chicago Bears' continually growing list.

Rookie cornerback Zackary Bowman, who scored a touchdown and had a game-clinching interception in his NFL debut last Sunday, will miss the rest of the season because of an injury to his right biceps. The Bears are hoping to get most of their other injured players back after this bye week, but they won't have the services of a rookie who made the leap from practice squad player to end-game hero Sunday.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, the injury occurred sometime between Bowman's second-quarter recovery of a muffed punt and his fourth-quarter interception of Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte. Coach Lovie Smith said Bowman was "definitely playing with pain" on that final play and added:

"But that said a lot for him in his first game. He'll never forget that."

With any luck, the Bears will have cornerbacks Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Nate Vasher (wrist) back after the bye. Nickel back Danieal Manning (hamstring) could also return. Vasher likely will split time with Corey Graham, who has been starting in his place.

Continuing our morning look around the NFC North as the divisional bye approaches: