Bears face Urlacher dilemma

Perhaps he is thinking about playing quarterback, because that might be the only way he could affect games more.

Marshall has caught 41.9 percent of the Bears' passes this season, according to STATS. It is the highest percentage in the NFL by a ridiculous amount. Next closest player is the Colts' Reggie Wayne, who has caught 31.5 percent of his team's throws.

Marshall has accounted for 48.5 percent of the Bears' receiving yards. This also is the high in the league by a preposterous margin. The next closest player, the Lions' Calvin Johnson, has produced 36.5 percent of his team's receiving yards.

Marshall has 61 catches more than the next closest Bear, Matt Forte. And he has 932 more receiving yards than the next closest teammate, Earl Bennett.

Marshall even ranks fourth in the NFL in percentage of team's total yards at 32.4 percent. Running backs dominate this statistic as they get both rushing and receiving yards. The rest of the top five are all running backs.

Marshall is the reason Jay Cutler has thrown 71 percent of his passes to wide receivers, which is the highest percentage of starting quarterbacks.

Front office chess

Injury replacements

The banged-up Bears had to do some roster shuffling this week to compensate for injuries.

Some have assumed that Dom DeCicco was brought back to replace Urlacher, but that really isn't the case. DeCicco was brought back to replace Patrick Trahan on special teams. Trahan lasted only one week with the Bears before being waived with a quadriceps injury.

It helps that DeCicco can play middle linebacker, but Nick Roach will be Urlacher's replacement. And if Roach couldn't go, it's likely veteran Blake Costanzo, who has been practicing all year, would be next in line.

DeCicco was one of the Bears' best special teams players last year and was on track to make the team again this season when he suffered a groin injury in the first exhibition. He had sports hernia surgery and took awhile to recover.

He had workouts for the Lions, Raiders and Patriots but failed to land a contract.

Before the season, the Bears waived DeCicco and gave him an injury settlement that prevented them from re-signing him until the 10th week of the season. They were fortunate he still was available last week.

The team also made a practice squad move, bringing back big running back Harvey Unga. It likely was no coincidence that the team has been uncertain about the status of Michael Bush because of a rib injury.

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