Bears notebook: Team trying to start Mohawk trend
Bear linebackers are dreaming big. Not about tackles. About haircuts. Lance Briggs, taking a page from Chargers star Shawne Merriman, has Chicago linebackers sporting Mohawks.
Hunter Hillenmeyer said he has to make the team now.
“If I have to get a real job, it will be a lot harder to sport a Mohawk around the office,” he said.
Maybe. Maybe not.
“I’m hoping by the end of the year the whole city of Chicago is wearing it,” said Briggs, who admitted he “spear-headed the movement.”
Before spreading their trend to the entire city, the linebackers will start with their coach. Nick Roach and Briggs said Bob Babich agreed to get a Mohawk if the Bears win their first three games.
“And what were the terms of this?” a skeptical Babich asked.
Three straight wins, he was told.
“I’ll take it,” he said. “I’m a team player.”
Nor does the Mohawk crew want to stop with enlisting Babich.
“Bob’s joining us,” Hillenmeyer said. “And I think we can get Lovie on board, too.”
“You’ve got to have hair to get a Mohawk,” head coach Lovie Smith told a reporter who after practice. “I’m long past a Mohawk. I’ll stay with the bald look.
“Seems like you are heading that way too.”
Bears place Unga on IR
The Bears put rookie running back Harvey Unga on injured reserve. Unga, a seventh-round supplemental draft pick out of BYU, has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Unga was a potential hybrid fullback, or H-back in the offense Mike Martz runs.
This might help Garrett Wolfe’s chances to make the team, though the former NIU star remains behind Matt Forte, Chester Taylor and probably Khalil Bell.
Markshausen bounces back
North Boone grad Zeke Markshausen dropped a deep pass to end practice Tuesday night and said it wouldn’t happen again. He was as good as his word Thursday, catching all four passes thrown to him in 11-on-11 drills.
“He’s a quick guy. Very productive at Northwestern,” Lovie Smith said. “He’s blending in.”
Markshausen’s first catch was a deep ball that went through the hands of third-string cornerback Woodny Turenne. But his last three catches were against a mix of first- and second-teamers, including a pair of 15-yard catches in front of starting corners Zackary Bowman and Charles Tillman. He also got open two strides behind the secondary for what would have been a long touchdown on his fourth catch.
“You didn’t see that too many times in college, but I do what they ask me to do,” said Markshausen, who was known as a possession receiver at Northwestern. “I’m going to squeak back there. Hopefully, I can continue to do that.”
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