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Adams mystified over demotion
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/11/2008 12:06 AM

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Six-year veteran defensive tackle Anthony Adams is not a happy camper.

Adams started eight games last season after Darwin Walker turned out to be a bust, and he started all four preseason games. But Adams was inactive for the season opener Sunday night.

"I was very surprised to go from starting to not even playing at all," Adams said. "What can you do though? They told me at 4 o'clock, that's when I found out."

Adams said he is not injured and received no explanation from coaches for his demotion.

"I don't know," he said. "I wish I knew."

Adams doesn't know if his status will change this week or in the future.

"I have no idea," he said. "All I know is I was down. I don't need no explanation. Anything you tell me after that is not really going to matter. I'll just work hard; that's all I can do. That's all I ever do."

Adams' benching also came as a surprise to friends and family.

"I had people calling me all at the start of the game, (saying) 'I thought you had surgery,' " he said. "I wasn't hurt. The only thing that was hurt was my feelings."

Coach Lovie Smith explained Adams' inactivity strictly as a numbers problem.

"We dress seven (defensive) linemen," Smith said. "The best seven we think give us the best chance to win are the ones we're going to go with. We have more than seven guys on our roster. You can't dress everyone."

In addition to the starters, the Bears had backup tackles Israel Idonije and rookie Marcus Harrison active last week, along with backup defensive end Mark Anderson.

"It's nothing that Anthony did wrong or anything like that," Smith said. "But Dusty Dvoracek is our starting nose (tackle). He was ready to go, and that's the way we went that day."

Tasty recipe: Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was named NFC defensive player of the week for his performance in the 29-13 upset of the Colts.

Ogunleye had 3 tackles for loss, including one for a safety, and another on a fourth-and-1 play that helped set up the Bears' clinching touchdown. He also had 3 other tackles and a quarterback hurry.

"What I want to do is continue what I did last year," said Ogunleye, who led the Bears' linemen with 70 tackles last season and had a team-best 9 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 3 recovered fumbles. "Every game, I want to try to make a big play. It's the same recipe I had last year."

Injury update: Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (ankle), linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), wide receiver Devin Hester (foot), offensive tackle John Tait (groin) and cornerback Nate Vasher (shoulder) practiced Wednesday but were limited, although all are expected to play Sunday.