Bears' Brown likely will tough it out and play Sunday
September 24, 2009, 5:32 PM
By: Jeff Dickerson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A sprained left ankle forced Chicago Bears defensive end Alex Brown to miss practice for a second consecutive day on Thursday, but teammates sound like they expect to see Brown in action Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Alex Brown is expected to tough it out on Sunday and play against the Seahawks.
"If you saw the play where he got hurt, you got to be extremely flexible to get out of something like that," defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. "It looked career ending, but the guy is real flexible and takes care of his body. When I saw him go down, I knew he would be back, just because of the way he takes care of his body, the way he stretches and stuff like that. Hats off to him for his offseason training and the things he does during the season to keep his body in tune."
This weekend would mark the 114th consecutive game played by Brown -- an incredible milestone for any NFL player, regardless of position, but especially impressive considering the physical abuse taken by defensive linemen.
"That's why I'm optimistic he will play," Lovie Smith said when asked about Brown's consecutive games streak. "I look at the history of our players, and what's happened with them. No doubt Alex Brown is a tough guy, you see it in his play every time."
"I think all players need to practice, but that's not to say that if Alex is ready to go Sunday, even if he hasn't practiced this week, we'll probably let him go."
Desmond Clark and Pisa Tinoisamoa also skipped practice, although Clark was seen stretching with the team before practice and appears to be on the mend. However, the Bears still may opt to hold out the veteran tight end for a second straight week.
Notes: Although Jay Cutler said earlier this week that if would be tough for any quarterback to play with a cracked rib, Adams refused to close the book on facing Matt Hasselbeck this weekend.
"We've got so many modern day drugs now, I mean, you take a Toradol and you're pretty good," laughed Adams.
• Despite Pittsburgh safety Tyrone Carter being slapped with a $5,000 fine by the NFL, Bears tight end Greg Olsen still believes the hit Carter laid on him last Sunday at Soldier Field was clean.
"I didn't think it was really anything that was that big of a deal," said Olsen. "He made a good hit, but they are cracking down. That's the rules I guess."
Jeff Dickerson is our Bears beat reporter and weeknight host on ESPN 1000. He also handles Bears coverage for ABC-7 and appears on "The Chicago Huddle." E-mail comments, questions and feedback by clicking here.