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Why wasn't Khaseem Greene active?

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

Why wasn't linebacker Khaseem Greene active in last Sunday's season opener? I thought he was one of the Bears' top special teams players last season.

Peter D.
Muncie, Indiana

The Bears felt that rookie Christian Jones was a better option both on special teams and as a reserve linebacker than Khaseem Greene. I know that special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis was impressed with how Jones performed in the preseason, saying Wednesday: "All preseason he was fast, he was physical and he played with a lot of passion and a lot of energy. He's just lacking in experience and that's how you get experience is by playing." In terms of last season, Greene only recorded two special-teams tackles as a rookie. But that doesn't mean he won't play Sunday night against the 49ers. Those decisions are fluid and dependent on match-ups, injuries and who's available at other positions.

What can you tell us about Ahmad Dixon, the new safety the Bears signed?

Sam P.
Roselle, Illinois

The Bears liked rookie safety Ahmad Dixon's combination of power and speed, so they claimed him off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. Dixon was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of this year's draft out of Baylor. He was waived at the end of training camp before signing with the Vikings. Said Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis: "We like what we saw on film. He was a physical kid [who] ran fast. That's why he's here."

Is Robbie Gould still the third most accurate kicker in NFL history?

Richard W.
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Robbie Gould actually slipped down into the fourth spot even though he made both of his field-goal attempts against the Bills. It takes 100 made kicks to be included on the list and the Seahawks' Steven Hauschka reached that milestone last Thursday night. Hauschka (86.206 percent) is now second behind Mike Vanderjagt (86.5) and ahead of Nate Kaeding (86.19) and Gould (86.0).

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