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NightLink: Payne Out, Afalava Questionable

If Al Afalava cannot play tomorrow, we will see either Craig Steltz or Josh Bullocks step in, because Kevin Payne has been officially ruled out.

Now that the official injury report has been filed with the league, we know the Bears could be in trouble at the safety position Thursday night against the 49ers.  Safety Kevin Payne is listed as out with a back injury. The good news is safety Al Afalava is questionable with a shoulder injury.

We need Afalava's run support against the Niners, especially with Hunter Hillenmeyer still nursing his rib injuries.  I am not sure what Bullocks would bring to the table, but Steltz could at least do a decent job in run support.  Luckily, we aren't facing a team that is likely to challenge us with the deep ball.