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Bears QB Nathan Enderle sees more practice time

Nathan Enderle (left) not Caleb Hanie worked with second string Monday. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP

Nathan Enderle (left), not Caleb Hanie, worked with the second string on Monday. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP

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Updated: October 19, 2011 3:58AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — During his lunch break Monday, Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie freely chatted with reporters on his way into the cafeteria at Olivet Nazarene University.

But after practice, Hanie was none too pleased because his second-string repetitions were given to rookie Nathan Enderle.

Apparently, neither quarterback had any clue. Asked when he found out, Enderle said, “When coach [Mike] Martz yelled out my name.

“I just go in when they tell me to go in. So, I don’t read too much into it.”

None of the quarterbacks played particularly well in a 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday at Soldier Field. But, Hanie did have the lowest rating (56.8) of the three.

After practice, Bears coach Lovie Smith said reps change “based on what you’ve done” in the game.

“We got Nathan Enderle a couple more reps today with the twos,” Smith said. “He did some good things in the game. He hadn’t really gotten a lot of reps in practice.”

Smith said “there’s no punishment, there’s no rewards.

But he added that “how a guy played” determines his practice reps.

“[Enderle] did a few things.’’ Smith said. ‘‘We want to see what he can do when he gets a few more reps in practice. Caleb didn’t play as well as I thought he did initially. But, again, first preseason game. All the guys will get better.”

Starting quarterback Jay Cutler talked about the cutthroat nature of the NFL in a radio interview.

“It’s a business,” Cutler said. “I think we still have a lot of faith in Caleb — at least I know I do. We’ll just see how it goes.”

When training camp started, Enderle got the backup snaps because Hanie was unable to practice until Aug. 4, due to the collective bargaining rules. Since then, Enderle’s workload was greatly reduced, so he appreciated the extra snaps.

“It was nice,” he said. “It’s good to get the mental reps in, watching the other guys do it right. But, it’s also nice to get in there and physically get the reps and see the things with my eyes.”

Enderle completed 7 of 10 passes for 110 yards Saturday, but he threw an interception and was sacked five times. His rating was 66.7.

Hanie was 3-for-7 for 32 yards and was sacked three times.

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