Pick to kick: Ryan Quigley could punt against Colts
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org September 3, 2012 8:34PM
Updated: October 5, 2012 6:17AM
Will Ryan Quigley be the Bears’ punter on Sunday? Even Quigley says he’s on a need-to-know basis.
Quigley, an undrafted rookie from Boston College, is on the Bears’ 53-man roster only because Adam Podlesh is recovering from a hip-flexor injury. But considering the nature of hip-flexor injuries — even though the right-footed Podlesh’s injury is on his left side — it’s more likely than not that Quigley will punt for the Bears against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. And possibly beyond that.
‘‘They tell me what I need to know,’’ Quigley said. ‘’All there is to know in this league — as I’ve learned in my short time here — is that you can only control what you can control. So it’s all in God’s hands. ... When my number’s called, I’ll be ready.’’
Quigley’s roster status is tenuous no matter what happens to Podlesh. If the injury takes longer to recover than anticipated, the Bears might look for somebody with more experience — unless Quigley proves capable.
‘‘Anytime you make the 53-man roster, it’s a special feeling,’’ Quigley said. ‘‘I’m honored that the Bears thought enough of me to keep me around just for this time.’’
Paea looking good
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea , who missed the last three preseason games with an ankle injury, went through a full practice Monday and is expected to be 100 percent Sunday.
‘‘I’m feeling good,’’ Paea said. ‘‘I thought I was going to be ready [for] the Browns game. But I’m trying to be smart about it and trying not to aggravate it. I’m ready to go.’’
Coach Lovie Smith acknowledged that Paea looked good, but he was much more circumspect on safety Chris Conte, who’s recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
‘‘We’ll see how it goes,’’ Smith said. ‘‘The injury report starts Wednesday, and we can tell you a little bit more then.’’
The Bears took a chance by cutting Matt Blanchard last week and almost lost him.
Blanchard, the rookie quarterback from Lake Zurich High School and Division II Wisconsin-Whitewater, was cut before last week’s final preseason game. The Bears knew they wanted him on their practice squad but apparently didn’t want him to put anything on tape that might interest another team.
It almost backfired. The Miami Dolphins called Blanchard after he cleared waivers and brought him down for a tryout.
‘‘It went well,’’ Blanchard said. But by then, ‘‘things were developing with Chicago, so we kind of knew I was going to come back here.’’
Running back Armando Allen seemed to win his battle with Lorenzo Booker in the last preseason game. But the Bears chose Booker. Allen being eligible for the practice squad probably made the difference.
‘‘I’m not really upset about it,’’ Allen said. ‘‘It’s motivation for me to work even harder.
‘‘I think it’s going to make me even better to have gone through what I’m going through. I embrace it all.’’