Bears offensive line holds up while banged up

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With starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod out with a concussion and veteran center Will Montgomery exiting the game early with what was later found to be a broken fibula, the Bears were looking fairly beaten up along the offensive line in Sunday’s 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

But guard Matt Slauson slid over to snap the ball for Jay Cutler and backup tackle Charles Leno, Jr. held his own while replacing Bushrod. Aside from a few poor snaps by Slauson, the makeshift offensive line held up enough to give Matt Forte running room and to protect Cutler in the passing game.

Forte rushed 25 times for 91 yards and Cutler completed 28 of 43 passes for 281 and two touchdowns. That’s pretty impressive production considering all the changes along the line, and how offensive lines generally need to be in sync to make the offense go.

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