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Injuries change special teams

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LAKE FOREST – The domino effect of Bears injuries will continue Sunday in Washington, when the Bears play the Redskins.

With Jon Bostic set for his first career NFL start at middle linebacker in place of D.J. Williams, the Bears promoted linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad.

If Bostic has to fill in for Williams, someone has to take his reps on special teams.

“We’ve seen [Franklin] since the OTAs. He’s a young guy, he’s been working, active, and he’ll get some playing time, especially on special teams,” coach Marc Trestman said Friday.

Franklin appeared in three games for the Bears last season and assisted on two special teams tackles. He had an interception and tackle for loss this preseason.

Although the focus will be on Bostic’s play at linebacker, all these injuries do trickle down to make an impact on special teams.

“[The young players have] got to step up and understand their roles. We’re moving some people around,” Trestman said.  “And the guys who have been around have to do theirs as well, and that includes Robbie (Gould) doing the kicking; Adam (Podlesh) has got to be great in his directional punting, all these things have to come together for us to do a good job.”

The Redskins’ special teams units have struggled, allowing 19.1 yards a punt return, including an 86-yard touchdown last week to the Cowboys’ Dwayne Harris. That’s an area the Bears can exploit, and likely will do so with some new players on the unit.

Injury report: Cornerback Charles Tillman and tight end Martellus Bennett both are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with knee injuries, but they are expected to play. Officially, both players were listed as “limited” in Friday’s walkthrough, but Trestman said, “Everybody worked today.” James Anderson (back), Stephen Paea (toe), Major Wright (knee) and Anthony Walters (hamstring) all are probable.

For the Redskins, David Amerson (concussion) is listed as questionable. The 6-foot-1 cornerback leads the team with four passes defensed in his rookie campaign.

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