Bears RT Jonathan Scott hopes to play against Cardinals
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com December 21, 2012 8:42PM
Right tackle Jonathan Scott has some familiarity with the Cardinals’ defense. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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Updated: January 23, 2013 6:09AM
Right tackle Jonathan Scott had an angle on Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward. Hayward had intercepted a pass by Jay Cutler late in the first half Sunday and was weaving through the Bears on his return.
But when Scott came within a few steps of Hayward, he came up limping and holding his right hamstring.
‘‘It’s the nature of the game,’’ said Scott, whose hustle has resulted in two key fumble recoveries this season. ‘‘Injuries happen, but I’m resilient. I’m not really worried about it.’’
Scott was held out of two practices this week, but he practiced — albeit on a limited basis — Friday. He’s listed as questionable, but he said he plans to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
‘‘That’s the game plan,’’ Scott said. ‘‘I’m feeling better. Every day is a progression. I’m looking forward to this game.’’
That’s good news for the Bears. The lack of continuity and consistency continues to be a weekly issue for the Bears’ offensive line. Scott has started the last three games at right tackle, providing some stability and being commended by Cutler for it. He has allowed only one sack.
Scott also might be the Bears player most familiar with the Cardinals’ 3-4 defense, which has 36 sacks and a league-leading 22 interceptions. Scott spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Bears. The Cardinals’ defense is run by Ray Horton, a former Steelers assistant who learned from acclaimed defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
‘‘Everybody has their little quirks, but there are definitely similarities to Pittsburgh,’’ Scott said. ‘‘They bring a lot of exotic packages. We have to be able to recognize them and execute. . . . They’re definitely a good defense.’’
The Bears might be without special-teams ace Blake Costanzo because of ‘‘a calf injury that we’re concerned about,’’ coach Lovie Smith said.
Costanzo is tied for the team lead with 11 special-teams tackles. He also started at strong-side linebacker Sunday against the Packers.
‘‘It would be a loss,’’ Smith said. ‘‘He played a very good football game last week for his first start. So, yeah, if he wasn’t able to go, we would have to do a little bit of shuffling in a couple of different areas.’’
Cornerback Tim Jennings (dislocated shoulder) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) are listed questionable, but Smith indicated both will play Sunday.
‘‘Guys like that. . . . should help an awful lot,’’ Smith said.
† Defensive tackle Henry Melton (collarbone) was limited
in practice for the third consecutive day and is listed as doubtful. Melton said Thursday his injury is one he could play through, if needed.
† Defensive end Shea McClellin (knee), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) and receiver Brandon Marshall (hamstring) are probable for Sunday. As expected, linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) was ruled out for the third consecutive game.
† Despite being penalized for roughing the passer, defensive end Julius Peppers wasn’t fined for his fourth-quarter hit Sunday on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Marshall, though, was fined $5,250 for throwing the ball into the stands after he scored against the Packers.