The Chicago Bears easily handled the San Francisco 49ers in their third preseason game on Saturday 31-28. The score does not in anyway indicate the dominance of the Chicago Bears first sting defense, whose day for the most part ended at halftime.
The good news for Bears fans was that quarterback Rex Grossman had a strong outing, going 13 of 20 for 211 yards, including two touchdowns. He only had one hand-off miscue which did not result in a turnover, in addition to one interception. Overall, his play was very good and Coach Lovie Smith chose to sit him after halftime, rather than play him into the third quarter as previously planned.
There was a scary moment in the first half when wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester hurt his shoulder while blocking. He blocked too low and used his head and shoulder, causing a “shoulder bruise.” Although it looked like it might be serious, the official word is that it is nothing to be concerned about. Being new to the wide receiver position, Hester is also new to blocking, so hopefully someone will teach him the proper technique so he won’t be putting himself in danger.
The Bears play their final preseason game on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns.