Bears scrambling to fill D-line personnel gaps

Bears scrambling to fill D-line personnel gaps
October 6, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Bears have typically employed a rotation approach to their defensive line. Sunday against the New Orleans Saints took that to new levels, however.

With Stephen Paea inactive due to the toe bruise suffered against the Detroit Lions, the Bears were sent scrambling even more on the defensive line, exacerbated by a knee injury that took down tackle Nate Collins in the third quarter.

Landon Cohen was inserted as the starter at nose tackle, and Collins shifted back over to his more natural spot at three-technique and worked at nose tackle in passing situations with Corey Wootton as the three-technique.

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Following all this? There’s more.

David Bass, an undrafted rookie free agent added to the roster on Sept. 1 after his waiver by the Oakland Raiders, worked in at defensive end.

“It’s going to be tough,” said defensive end Julius Peppers. “We’ve got to just play with the guys we’ve got. I don’t think there’s many Pro Bowl defensive linemen sitting at home.”