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NFC: Bears rookie QB plans to play through rib injury

By wire services
Published November 9, 2004

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Rookie quarterback Craig Krenzel expects to practice this week and play Sunday at Tennessee.

Krenzel's ribs were hurting at halftime Sunday, but he stayed in the game and the Bears rode a stellar defensive effort, with five turnovers and seven sacks, to a 28-20 win over the Giants. X-rays after the game showed no cause for alarm.

Krenzel is 2-0 as a starter for the Bears.

"I feel all right. It's just part of the game, you get banged around a little bit and are a little bit sore," Krenzel said Monday. "I feel much better. ... Everything looks fine." He was 8-of-21 for 144 yards with a 35-yard TD pass to fellow rookie Bernard Berrian.

The Bears activated tackle Marc Colombo from the physically unable to perform list. Colombo, who hasn't played since the fifth game of 2002, returned to practice Oct. 20 after a lengthy rehabilitation of his injured left knee.

Also, the offensive lineman Mike Gandy was waived after he started five games this season. He had missed the past two with a hamstring injury.

FALCON CLAIMS INNOCENCE: Atlanta backup quarterback Matt Schaub proclaimed his innocence in connection with an assault over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

Schaub, 23, turned himself in to Charlottesville police Saturday morning several hours after Mark Schottinger, 19, told police that the former University of Virginia quarterback was one of three men involved in his assault outside the Wing Factory, a campus eatery.

"I'm embarrassed to be ... speaking about this situation," said Schaub, who returned to his alma mater during the Falcons' bye week. "Because it is an ongoing legal matter, I can't really go into specifics about what happened.

"I can say this: I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't touch anyone. I didn't threaten to touch anyone. Once all the facts are in, I can assure you that I will exonerated. This will not affect my ability to play for the Falcons."

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Rod Coleman returned to practice after 23 days of rest and rehabilitation from a single-car accident.

The sixth-year player practiced with a brace on his left knee but does not know if he will use it Sunday when the Falcons host the Bucs. Coleman indicated his calf, still slightly swollen, bothered him more than his knee.

SEAHAWKS: Cornerback Ken Lucas bruised a lung in Sunday's victory over San Francisco, and his status for next week is uncertain.

[Last modified November 9, 2004, 00:27:24]


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