Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice has his hands full with this group.
Despite a broken right hand, guard Chris Spencer should be able to play Monday night in the Motor City against the undefeated division rival Lions, according to coach Lovie Smith.
The versatile offensive lineman returned from an early injury to finish Sunday’s contest at right guard with a cast he received at recess. The Ole Miss product played in 2009 with a broken right hand for the Seahawks – so he possesses experience playing “one-handed.”
“I wouldn’t say (he’s) one-handed,” Smith said. “Guys are all banged up at this time. Whenever you have a player finish the game, you feel pretty good about him going into the next one. But that’s all we know right now.”
Carimi update: The disappointing Frank Omiyale was relieved from his right tackle duties against Carolina, and until rookie lineman Gabe Carimi returns from his right knee injury (Week 2), things will remain up in the air for Jay Cutler’s shaky protection unit.
“There is pain in the kneecap from everything,” Carimi said. “It’s a week-by-week, day-by-day thing. I honestly don’t know (if he can return this week).”
Lance Louis moved from right guard, where he was filling in for the injured Spencer, to right tackle. He hasn’t started there since his senior season at San Diego State in 2008.
“What we’ve seen from Lance is he contributed in a lot of ways, and that just has to make us better in the long run,” Smith said.
Let’s just hope Louis doesn’t contribute to surrendering clean licks for the mighty Ndamukong Suh at Ford Field on Monday night. I wouldn’t want to be Cutler going up against this ferocious Lions front four.