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Bears make no decision on where Collins, Hanie fall

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  • Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins (10) looks to pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Charles Johnson (95) in the first half of the Bears' 23-6 win in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday.

      Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins (10) looks to pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Charles Johnson (95) in the first half of the Bears' 23-6 win in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday.
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Coach Lovie Smith said Monday he wasn't prepared to change the order of Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie on the depth chart behind starter Jay Cutler, but he didn't rule it out either.

"We haven't changed anything right now, Smith said. "Same way we went into the game is where everyone is listed right now. You do a lot of video work (on Monday). We haven't made any of those type of decisions.

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Smith said he wasn't sure why Collins struggled in his first start in nearly three years, tossing 4 interceptions and finishing with a passer rating of 6.2.

"If you knew that right away, you would correct it right away, Smith said. "A lot of things go into that. Todd hadn't played in a long time. You have to give (the Panthers) some credit, too. A lot of times you can stop one part of the game.

"There's no quarterback controversy or anything like that. Todd didn't play as well as he needed to, and I like what Caleb Hanie was able to do coming in. We'll just continue to watch video and look at the group and see who gives us the best chance to win at a lot of our positions, like we do every week.

No news: There was no update on Jay Cutler's recovery from the Week 4 concussion that kept him out of Sunday's win over Carolina, but coach Lovie Smith is hopeful.

"We'll continue to evaluate Jay, he said. "Hopefully he'll be able to go this week.

Tight end Greg Olsen, Cutler's best friend on the team, said: "He's feeling good. "I'm sure he feels good about (playing this week).

Injury update: Lance Briggs did not return to the field after suffering an injury to his left ankle. He suffered a sprained right ankle in the preseason but has started every game, although he has missed some practice time.

"If we had to play without him, it would be a big blow, coach Lovie Smith said. "Brian Iwuh (who replaced him Sunday) is a good football player.

Briggs had 5 solo tackles and his first sack of the season vs. the Panthers. He leads the Bears with 45 tackles.

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