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Chalk Talk: Are Bears prepping for two QBs?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Not knowing who the Buccaneers will start at quarterback Sunday, are the Bears preparing for both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston this week?
Roger T.
Evergreen Park, Illinois

I can't imagine the Buccaneers would bench Ryan Fitzpatrick after he became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards in three straight games. Tampa Bay's offense is ranked first in the league, so it seems very unlikely that they would make a switch to Jameis Winston, who is now eligible to play after serving a three-game suspension. With that being said, the Bears are preparing for the possibility that they could see Winston. Here's what defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had to say about the two Tampa Bay quarterbacks: "They run the same offense with both guys. Winston is a little bit more of a scrambler, more active in the pocket. But Fitzpatrick is too. I don't think their offense changes a whole lot with either guy." Here's what coach Matt Nagy said about preparing for both Fitzpatrick and Winston: "Vic will have that all set. They're both really good quarterbacks. Ryan right now, the way he's playing, he has them as the No. 1 offense statistically with yards per game. He's doing a good job with them, so we have to prepare for that and then be able to adjust if it is Jameis."

With receiver Anthony Miller injured, do you think that fellow rookie Javon Wims will be active for the first time this season Sunday when the Bears play the Buccaneers?
Will H.
Lorain, Ohio

Coach Matt Nagy said this week that rookie Javon Wims "possibly" would play Sunday against the Buccaneers, so we'll have to wait and see. Anthony Miller sat out practice all week and has been ruled out of the game after sustaining a dislocated shoulder last Sunday against the Cardinals. If the Bears choose to dress a sixth receiver, Wims would be that guy. But Nagy said Friday that veteran Joshua Bellamy would likely get most of the reps in place of Miller in the slot Sunday versus Tampa Bay.

How is Adam Shaheen coming along with his injury?
Frank L.
Gurnee, Illinois

Coach Matt Nagy said this week that tight end Adam Shaheen is "progressing pretty well" in his recovery from a sprained foot and sprained ankle he sustained in the preseason. The Bears remain hopeful that he will be able to come off the injured reserve list at some point during the second half of the season. Said Nagy: "He's in our meetings. He's mentally staying prepared, listening to everything. He sits right in there with everybody and is a part of it. And then physically, from what I'm being told, everything is good so far. He finally got rid of that little cart that he had and he's moving around better. Now it's just a week-by-week thing to see where he's at. But he's a valuable weapon for us that we want to feel cautiously optimistic that he'll be back."

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