By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 at 9:39 pm in Mid-week.
OK, let’s get right to the topic I’m sure you’re interested in. Unfortunately, I don’t have any definitive news about the quarterbacks. Jeff Tedford said tonight no decision had yet been made who will start Saturday. I can tell you that Kevin Riley didn’t seem to have any ill-effects from yesterday’s practice and practiced in full again. He and Nate Longshore once again split first-team reps.
Right guard Noris Malele returned to full capacity and seemed to be moving OK on the sprained ankle. Malele was back in his normal position taking first team reps, but Tedford said they will have to see how responds tomorrow in terms of soreness. Tedford still said there’s a possibility Malele will start. If not, Justin Cheadle will be back in there.
Donovan Edwards will start once again at right tackle. Matt Summers-Gavin will back up Mitchell Schwartz at left tackle and actually got some reps with the first team.
Backup safety Sean Cattouse is being held out of practice. He suffered a concussion last week against Oregon. Tedford said Cattouse was supposed to undergo some tests Thursday night and his status is uncertain for Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said nose tackle Derrick Hill will be limited a bit Saturday as he continues to battle a shoulder sprain and a lingering knee injury. Mika Kane will start. Gregory reiterated that defensive end Rulon Davis will see time as a reserve.
The Bears leave for Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. Tedford said he was pleased with the morale of the team heading into the game.
“I feel like the mood is good,” he said. “I think we really had a good week of preparation. There’s a quiet confidence about them. They’re not overzealous and not too amped up. I won’t worry about their emotion when we get to the game.”
After starting last week, linebacker Mike Mohamed will go back to backing up all four linebacker positions. Gregory said Mohamed might as well be a fifth starter because he ends up getting more reps than anyone else each game.
“Mike is so good that we can’t start him,” Gregory said. “He really is a starter. We really have five starters. I wish we could play all five. We might need to this week.”