Bears prepare for what's-his-name

LAKE FOREST – The Bears spent several hours preparing for the Arizona Cardinals’ rookie quarterback on Thursday at Halas Hall.

Don’t feel badly if you don’t know the quarterback’s name. Neither do the Bears.

It’s Ryan Lindley, by the way. He was a sixth-round pick from San Diego State.

“I’ve heard of Lindley,” Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said after being told the rookie’s last name. “I’ve heard of a few Lindleys. I actually went to a school with Lindsay Lindley. Uh, I know a Kevin Lindley from Sacramento. But that’s about it.”

Fair enough.

How about you, Henry Melton? What do you know about the Arizona quarterback?

“Nothing,” Melton said.

Do you know his name?

“Nope.”

At least you’re honest.

“I don’t want to know his name.”

By playing good defense, the Bears could avoid hearing Lindley’s name on highlight packages after the game. Lindley is 1-2 as a starter since taking over for John Skelton, who was benched Nov. 18 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Since then, Lindley has compiled a 45.0 passer rating with no touchdowns, six interceptions and 611 passing yards.

“I don’t think we’ll put him in the Colin Kaepernick category, but I’ve never played against him,” Briggs said. “We’ll see.”

No. 1 receiver: With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Brandon Marshall has a narrow lead in the race for the NFL receptions title.

Marshall has caught 107 passes, which is one more than Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is next on the list with 100 receptions.

Last season, Welker led all players with 122 receptions.

Bumps and bruises: Marshall was limited during practice Thursday because of tightness in his hamstring, but Bears coach Lovie Smith said he did not believe the injury to be serious.

Blake Costanzo, who filled in for injured teammates Brian Urlacher and Geno Hayes at linebacker last week, also was limited because of tightness in his calf.

Both players should benefit from Sunday’s game being played in Glendale, Ariz., instead of Chicago. Phoenix-area forecasts call for high temperatures in the mid-60s this weekend with lows near 40.

Bears bits: Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm were teammates with the Washington Redskins in 1989. … Jay Cutler needs 20 completions to surpass Jim Harbaugh as the Bears’ all-time leader in that category.

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