Bears' O-line options worth watching with Louis out

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Bears' O-line options worth watching with Louis out

Coach Lovie Smith said on Monday that the Bears had options in place for more injuries on the offensive line than guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer. They have others the days after situations like Louis going on injured reserve.

What the Bears could have done on Sunday for another O-lineman:

Pat Mannelly: The long snapper was a guard at Duke a long time ago. He played guard occasionally in training camps but only early in his career.

Matt Spaeth: The No. 2 tight end is a physical blocker at 260 pounds. Not a great matchup against 300-pound defensive tackles but a tough guy.

Israel Idonije: (Kidding. No, really) The Bears have had success with defensive linemen moving to offense. Mark Bortz was an All-Big 10 defensive tackle who became a Pro Bowl left guard. Big Cat Williams was a D-tackle even into his Bears career and went to a Pro Bowl as a right tackle.

I never have played guard, Idonije said, laughing. But if there ever was a time where I needed to play a position or do something, just make sure you tell me what I gotta do.

Options from here:

Gabe Carimi: The former No. 1 pick performed well being thrown in at a totally new position just a few days after being benched in favor of Jonathan Scott. Edwin Williams is a solid fill-in at guard but after that the question becomes whether Carimi or another choice makes for a better line overall. Either way the Bears are down a lineman.

James Brown: The Bears moved the undrafted rookie free agent from the practice squad to the regular roster last week and had him on the inactive list Sunday. Brown has played primarily tackle but some guard and is the next man up on the current roster.

Corey Brandon: The massive tackle was with the Bears through the preseason, waived in the final cutdown on Aug. 31, signed to the practice squad the next day, released on Sept. 10 when the Bears added veteran Jonathan Scott to the 53-man roster, then brought back to the practice squad on Oct. 17.

Ricky Henry: Also waived in the last round of cuts, a veteran of two camps with the Bears and was on the active roster seven weeks last season, Henry is a pure guard and a physical interior player. Henry is currently on the New Orleans Saints practice squad and could be signed but only to the Bears 53-man roster.

Tuesday on CSN+: UIC hosts Green Bay

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Tuesday on CSN+: UIC hosts Green Bay

College hoops returns to CSN on Tuesday with some local action as UIC hosts Green Bay. You can watch this Horizon League matchup live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.

The Flames (14-14, 7-8) are coming off of a loss to Oakland as they try to make one more push up the conference standings. Junior big man Tai Odiase leads UIC at 11.3 points per game as the former Homewood-Flossmoor product is also a solid rim protector.

Green Bay (16-11, 10-5) is still fighting for one of the conference's top spots as they're coming off of a win over Milwaukee. The Phoenix already own a four-point win over UIC this season at home in a close game.

Senior guard Charles Cooper is averaging 13.0 points per game as he's been one of the better guards in the conference this season. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler?

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