Bears DB Kelvin Hayden glad to get involved
BY MARK POTASH email@example.com October 26, 2012 9:56PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:14AM
Kelvin Hayden said the Bears’ decision to share nickel-back reps with D.J. Moore on Monday against the Lions caught him by surprise, but he was ready for the opportunity.
Hayden, a veteran cornerback signed as a free agent in the offseason, played a key role against the Colts in the season opener when Charles Tillman was injured early on special teams. His only significant playing time on defense since then was against the Cowboys. But he was in for 18 plays against the Lions, and Moore was in for 33.
‘‘It’s always good to be out there playing,’’ said Hayden, who started 52 games in his first seven NFL seasons with the Colts and Falcons. ‘‘I felt I played well. It’s something to build on. My main goal is to continue to get better, continue to understand the nickel a little more, and hopefully my playing time will go up.’’
Hayden expects to continue to share nickel responsibilities with Moore on Sunday.
Responding to an ‘‘uptick in counterfeit tickets appearing at games,’’ the Bears are advising fans who purchase tickets on the secondary market that only those from Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange are legit.
According to vice president of communications Scott Hagel, about 100 bogus tickets were confiscated for the game against the Lions, and one person was arrested.
Quarterback Jay Cutler (bruised ribs) had full participation in practice Friday and is listed as probable. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (broken hand) is out.