Injuries to running backs Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson will give Bears fans a good look at an unfamiliar face this preseason. Undrafted rookie running back P.J. Pope is expected to get the majority of the carries in the preseason opener Friday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Success for the 2005 Chicago Bears came despite long odds. The team lost starting quarterback Rex Grossman to a major preseason injury, and the shaky play of rookie Kyle Orton was just enough to help the defense-minded team win the NFC North crown.
The vaunted Chicago defense did their best to preserve their honor by stating they would, one week after games actually matter, lead the NFC to victory in the Pro Bowl. Embarrassed on their home turf by Carolina's offensive outburst nearly one month ago, led by wide receiver Steve Smith, in the divisional playoff round, the Bears All-Pros have decided to draw a line in the sand of the beaches of Hawaii.