He is still listed officially as questionable but newcomer defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff is expected to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, limited to a prescribed number of snaps, with plans in place to play him both at nose tackle and the three-technique.
Defensive end Corey Wootton, who started six of the last seven games because of injuries at tackle, is expected to start again at the three-technique.
“I’ll talk to [line coach] Mike Phair and to Mel [Tucker, defensive coordinator], and also be working with the trainers on [the Ratliff snap count],” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’ll see where he is during the course of the game and whatever that number is, hopefully we’ll be able to get to it.
“We’re not going to lock ourselves in but I think we’ll have a number [of snaps] going in…. We’ll see how he plays and see where his conditioning is and his pad level is and things like that.”
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Ratliff has the versatility to play at virtually every spot along the defensive line and “I think we could see him playing either [nose or three]. I don’t want to say going in but I could see him playing both positions.”
Possibly as a positive sign as to the health of Ratliff and nose tackle Stephen Paea (toe), and a negative one regarding safety Major Wright’s hamstring, the Bears waived defensive tackle Tracy Robertson, who played one snap at St. Louis last Sunday, and moved safety Sean Cattouse on Friday from the practice squad to the active roster.
The 6'2", 210-pound Cattouse entered the NFL with San Diego in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of California, appearing in one game for the Chargers. He has been on the Bears practice squad the last eight weeks.
The Chicago native and Hubbard High School alum was a three-time All-Pac-10/12 selection that played in 49 games with 26 starts for Cal (2008-11), recording 185 tackles, seven interceptions, 17 pass breakups, seven tackles for losses, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.