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Afalava ready for big moment

Updated: September 11, 2009, 6:34 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears strong safety Al Afalava has flown under the radar this week -- never a bad thing for a rookie expected to start Week 1.

Playing on the road against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's talented offense would a be a tough assignment for any first-year player, but the Bears coaching staff hopes Afalava can keep building on a strong preseason.

"It's going to be a very special game," said Afalava. "They said my college rivalry game [Oregon] was nothing compared ...

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