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San Diego Chargers v Chicago Bears

San Diego Chargers v Chicago Bears

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Updated: August 16, 2013 12:29AM



Jon Bostic was hard to miss again Thursday night. The rookie linebacker, who had an interception for a touchdown in his NFL debut last week at Carolina, made his presence felt with a devastating hit on wide receiver

Mike Willie that put a charge into the crowd and his teammates in the Bears’ 33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field.

The hit appeared to cause Willie to fumble. But the play was ruled an incomplete pass, much to Bostic’s chagrin.

‘‘Obviously, big hits are big — it gets the crowd into the game,’’ said Bostic, who was credited with two tackles. ‘‘But we were taking the ball away all night. That’s what I was trying to do at that point. The ball didn’t come out, so it’ll probably be a minus [play] there.

‘‘I had fun. But there’s still a lot of stuff I have to work on and clean up for the next game. I’m looking forward to watching the film and starting to clean up all these things and try not to make the same mistakes twice.’’

Blanchard out

Quarterback Matt Blanchard’s chances of making the roster took a hit when the former Lake Zurich star suffered a fractured knuckle on his left (non-throwing) hand. ‘‘I’m not sure of the time he’ll be out,’’ coach

Marc Trestman said. ‘‘But we’re sitting with two quarterbacks going into next week and that’s something we’re going to have to repair fairly quickly, get a third quarterback on the roster.’’It was a tough night all around for Blanchard. He entered the game with 9:37 left in the third quarter.

Edwin Williams was called for a false start on his first play. Gabe Miller was called for holding on his second play. A pass to Michael Ford lost two yards on his third play. After Blanchard scrambled for a four-yard gain, he was sacked by Jarius Wynn for a 10-yard loss and done for the night.

Peppers sits

Julius Peppers’ sore hamstring bears watching after Peppers sat out a ­second consecutive ­preseason game.

Peppers tweaked his hamstring early in training camp but has been ­practicing on a limited basis. After Peppers participated in a no-pads practice on Tuesday in Bourbonnais, Trestman said he would play against the Chargers ‘‘if he continues to progress.’’

Big block

J.T. Thomas , battling for a roster spot, made the kind of play he has to make when he blocked a punt in the fourth quarter.

‘‘I just stayed with the game plan,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘Coach dialed it up and I just executed it. I told him some things I was seeing out there. The slot was getting out a little early. So he called it up and I executed the rush.’’

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