LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A sprained ankle kept starting nickel back D.J. Moore on the sidelines Wednesday as the Bears hit the practice field in advance of traveling to Oakland to face the Raiders.
Moore initially suffered the ankle injury a week ago on the practice field, which forced him to sit out the last game against San Diego. Corey Graham filled in for Moore at nickel, and recorded his second interception in the last two games. Graham also replaced Moore in the fourth quarter of the team's victory over Detroit in Week 10.
"[Corey] has done a great job," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. " I think out of 19 plays or so in the last two weeks, he has two interceptions, so he's been pretty productive. He had a big tackle last week also. We really haven't missed an awful lot."
Graham would once again man the nickel spot if Moore isn't ready to return Sunday versus the Raiders.
Meanwhile, safety Brandon Meriweather was limited on Wednesday because of a concussion. Quarterback Jay Cutler is officially out for Sunday after undergoing what the organization called successful surgery to repair a broken right thumb.
Nice to hear Lovie have some kind words for Corey Graham as a defensive back after his insistence in the offseason that he was just a ST guy. Graham has earned the right to be considered as more than just a ST "Gunner" and I hope that his play doing double duty earns him a trip to the Pro Bowl this year.
He's guy we do need to sign to an extension and if Angelo was smart he offer it now before the season ends. If he goes FA somebody will steal him away and I think he's proven he a key guy and a team player.
Meriweather has a concussion. Helmet tackling again, tch thc thc!
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap.
Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.