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Bears News and Notes - 10/08/08

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*** Article talking about the problems last year replacing injured stars and the differences with guys like Idonije, Graham and Marcus Harrison.

But this year's group may be better equipped to handle the inevitable injuries that occur each season.

"That's why we talk about playing as many players as we can throughout," head coach Lovie Smith said, "not just when we have injuries, where we have to [play them]."

*** Bears break top 10 in power poll

10. Chicago Bears (3-2). Kyle Orton for MVP? It doesn’t sound too crazy if he keeps getting better, because with their running game, defense and special teams, quarterback was the missing piece. A more realistic award campaign: Lance Briggs for defensive player of the year.

*** How about another?

ESPN

10 (18) - You can't fight it right now: The Bears are the best team in the NFC North. Kyle Orton is no mere game manager, either. (KS)
*** Tommie Harris is expected to play.

*** Bears find the right balance.

*** A look at the 2006 draftees.