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Bears notebook: Concussed Bears’ DE Shea McClellin makes early exit

Chicago Bears wide receiver DevHester is taken down by HoustTexans QuintDemps during first quarter Soldier Field Chicago Ill. Sunday November

Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester is taken down by the Houston Texans Quintin Demps during the first quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., on Sunday, November 11, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 11, 2013 1:46AM



The Bears’ defensive line rotation took a hit Sunday when rookie Shea McClellin suffered a concussion early in the first quarter and did not return.

It is not known how long McClellin will be out. The defensive end from Boise State reportedly had three concussions in college. But McClellin disputed that, saying he could only recall having one concussion.

Regardless of McClellin’s history, the concussion he suffered Sunday will be closely monitored, per the NFL’s updated policy on concussions.

Manning’s revenge

Former Bears safety Danieal Manning, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Houston Texans in 2011 after being unhappy with a previous Bears contract offer, made his presence felt immediately.

Manning forced a fumble by tight end Kellen Davis on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage, with the Texans recovering. Later in the quarter, he intercepted a Jay Cutler pass intended for Davis.

Bad starts

Davis’ fumble was the fifth time in nine games the Bears have had a negative play on their first offensive snap.

Previously, Cutler was sacked for a 12-yard loss against the Colts in Week 1; Cutler was sacked for a 13-yard loss in Week 2 against the Packers; Cutler was sacked for a seven-yard loss against the Panthers in Week 8; and Davis was called for illegal use of hands against the Titans last week.

Good as ...

Robbie Gould’s line-drive 51-yard field goal that tied the game 3-3 in the second quarter was his 10th consecutive field goal from 50 yards or more.

Wind at their back

The Bears’ average drive start on their first four possessions was just short of midfield, with the four drives netting three points.

Devin Hester returned the Texans’ first punt 24 yards to the Bears’ 45, with a leg-tackle by safety Quentin Demps saving a bigger return. The Texans squibbed their first kickoff rather than kick deep to Hester and tight end Kyle Adams returned 15 yards to the Bears’ 37.

Interceptions by Tim Jennings — his NFL-leading seventh and eighth — gave the Bears the ball at the Texans’ 45 and Texans’ 38 on their next two possessions. The only score in that span was Gould’s field goal.

One of those days

Good plays went for naught for the Bears in the first half. Besides Davis’ fumble on a pass completion, Michael Bush fumbled after an 11-yard gain to the Texans’ 32 on third-and-one, with the Texans’ Bradie James recovering.

Cutler’s pass to Hester for a big gain in the second quarter not only was negated because he released the ball across the line of scrimmage, but Cutler took a huge hit to the head from linebacker Tim Dobbins, who was penalized for a personal foul. Cutler didn’t play in the second half because of a concussion.

The Bears recovered a fumble by Keshawn Martin on the opening kickoff, but after replays clearly showed Martin was down before losing possession, the play was overturned upon review.

The Bears had a more legitimate gripe when Jennings got up after an interception and ran into the end zone as confused players didn’t know whether to tackle him. Jennings was ruled down by contact, though the Bears felt he was not touched by Texans’ player.



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