Word on the Street: Bears to face Miami third-string QB

Word on the Street: Bears to face Miami third-string QB

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010
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Bears expected to face third-string QB Thursday

The Miami Dolphins--Chicago's opponent in Thursday's game--suffered brutal injuries to their first two quarterbacks Sunday in a win over the Tennessee Titans.

Veteran Chad Pennington started the game, but after just two passes, left with an injury to his right (throwing) arm.

Backup Chad Henne, who started every game this season prior to Sunday's contest, left later with a leg injury and was seen exiting the locker room on crutches. He has an MRI scheduled on his left knee, which was twisted while throwing a pass in the third quarter.

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that both Henne and Pennington will be out for the year, which would leave third-string Tyler Thigpen as the starter against the Bears Thursday night.

Thigpen is in his fifth NFL season, having previously started for the 2008 Kansas City Chiefs, a year in which he threw 18 TD passes against only 12 INTs and rushed for 386 yards and 3 scores. The 26-year-old gunslinger compiled a 76.0 QB rating last year. In relief of both Chads on Sunday, Thigpen put up a rating of 141.7, completing 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards and a TD. (Sun-Sentinel, NFL.com)

Viciedo could start at 1B for Sox in '11

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is suggesting young prospect Dayan Viciedo could start at first base next year for the Chicago White Sox if they are unable to retain the services of Paul Konerko, who has secured the 1B spot on the South Side since 1999. (Chicago Tribune)

Sox likely to re-sign Putz

Rogers is also reporting that right-handed reliever J.J. Putz will likely be re-signed by the White Sox, once they figure out the situation with Bobby Jenks, who is arbitration-eligible. (Baltimore Sun)

Cubs' Hendry says he won't be trying to make a 'splash' in offseason

Jim Hendry, the general manager of the Chicago Cubs, is not looking for a big splash in the offseason with moves. So, Cubs fans shouldn't expect a blockbuster trade or a prominent free-agent signing, at least not right now.

"I'm not worried about the 'splash' factor,'' Hendry said in a Chicago Sun-Times article. ''I'm worried about getting the right guys that make us better. We've already put the fifth-place thing behind us, and we'd like to think we're going to build off the last two months 24-13 finish. ... It's really imperative that we have two or three really good moves.'' (Chicago Sun-Times)
Lions still can't win on the road

The Detroit Lions won't be challenging for the NFC North again this year, and likely won't be in the future until they figure out their road woes. The division cellar-dwellers lost their NFL-record 25th straight road game Sunday against Buffalo, a team that was winless heading into the contest. The Lions (2-7) failed to convert on a two-point conversion in the game's waning moments and fell 14-12. (Chicago Tribune)

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."