Thursday injury news and tidbits

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Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher had full participation in practice Thursday and should be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Lions.

All players listed on the injury report participated in at least a portion of practice, including Hunter Hillenmeyer, who is expected to miss Sunday’s game.

Joining Tillman and Vasher in full participation was wide receiver Marty Booker, while Tommie Harris, Brandon Lloyd, Danieal Manning, and Brad Maynard joined Hillenmeyer in limited participation.

The full injury report — which lists the players who are out, doubtful, questionable, or probable — will be released tomorrow.

Bears defense vows improvement: In a similar manner to the one they made following a poor preseason, the Bears defense offered a promise to turn things around in the second half of the season.

“We’ve got to get some things cleaned up on defense,” said tackle Dusty Dvoracek. “We definitely don’t want to give up the yards we give up, but I think we’ve made those corrections and we’re going to see it this week.”

Fellow tackle Tommie Harris concurred.

“I don’t feel like we ended up where we wanted to and we have another chance,” Harris said. “To me, it really feels like the season starts now. We get another chance to go back out there and make up for the last time.”

Whatever the reason for the Bears’ poor pass defense through seven games this year — most likely the pass rush — the Bears are still tied with the undefeated Tennessee Titans for most takeaways in the NFL with 16.

This week’s game against the Lions ought to give the Bears some more confidence defensively in a lead-up to next week’s showdown with the Titans.

Lovie backs Obama: In a bit of non-football related news, Bears coach Lovie Smith addressed the media before leaving the practice field about his support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“I’m a strong supporter of Barack Obama,” Smith stated, adding that he had already voted early. “I believe there’s a new day and I think there’s a time for new, fresh ideas.”

Offense getting it done without a superstar: In a good article written yesterday in the Sun-Times, Mike Mulligan points out how well the Bears’ offense has played up to this point — second highest scoring unit in the league — without having any “big name players” on that side of the ball.

In fact, it’s remarkable that all the money on this team is allocated to defensive players, and they’re the guys struggling to perform while the underpaid offense is excelling.

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