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Cowboys licking their wounds following loss to Bears

Chicago hopes it has set the tone for future opponents Brad Biggs

Print This September 22, 2010, 10:02 PM EST

The Chicago Bears would have you believe they knocked some intimidation into the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The Bears prevailed 27-20 at Cowboys Stadium and there were some big hits, particularly downfield. What was the damage? Well, it’s hard to say if it was the result of specific big hits, but the Cowboys listed wide receiver Dez Bryant on the injury report today, saying he did not practice as the result of a rib injury. Tight end Jason Witten reportedly suffered a concussion in the game as well.

Witten is expected to play on Sunday, and he practiced today. Meanwhile, the Bears hope they’ve put some shots on film that will strike fear in future opponents. One of the biggest shots was delivered by linebacker Lance Briggs on wide receiver Roy Williams, who held on for a catch and popped back up quickly.

“The thing we want to do is when guys come across the middle, we just want to make sure that they know they’re going to get hit,” free safety Chris Harris said. “We’re going to try to punish you for catching the ball if you catch it. That’s kind of the mentality we want to have.

“That’s one thing that (defensive coordinator) Rod Marinelli is kind of bringing back here, that whole Monsters of the Midway thing. We’re buying into it. We just want to send a message that if you come across the middle, you’ll get hit. We definitely want to have a swagger about us, a demeanor, a little nastiness to us.”

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