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Finding space for Roach

Game vs. Seattle earned LB a second look

Updated: September 28, 2009, 9:25 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson

CHICAGO -- Despite Lovie Smith's painting an optimistic picture regarding Hunter Hillenmeyer's injured ribs, it's fair to wonder whether the Bears might be better off with Nick Roach starting at middle linebacker versus Detroit. For all the positive attributes Hillenmeyer brings to the table, there is simply no comparison when it comes to speed: Roach has it, and Hillenmeyer doesn't have enough of it.

One of Hillenmeyer's biggest strengths is his knowledge of the position. He knows exactly ...

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