Barth check­ing miss­ing in­gre­di­ent

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT - BY PA­TRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter

Con­nor Barth went into the Bears’ bye week hav­ing missed two of his last four field- goal at­tempts and four of his last 10.

He came out of the bye week, some­what sur­pris­ingly, with his job in­tact.

“It’s been a lit­tle up and down,” spe­cial- teams co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Rodgers said Thurs­day. “Good start, right? The first kick of the sea­son was good from [ 54 yards]. He’s had some other good kicks and a game- win­ner, ob­vi­ously.

“But a lit­tle bit in­con­sis­tent in some spots. And we just have to get back to be­ing con­sis­tent as far as mak­ing kicks.”

Rodgers and Barth have watched tape of his misses — three of which have come from be­tween 40 and 49 yards — and found tech­ni­cal ar­eas that need more con­sis­tency.

Still, Barth can’t af­ford to miss many more.

“I would say that most spe­cial­ists that have been around as long as he has cer­tainly know their swing and how to cor­rect it bet­ter than any­one,” Rodgers said.

Think­ing of No. 86

Out­side line­backer Per­nell McPhee and run­ning back Jor­dan Howard wore Zach Miller’s No. 86 prac­tice jer­sey — the for­mer in white, the lat­ter in navy — as a trib­ute to their team­mate.

“To sup­port him, let him know — and let the team know — that we still got him, and we’re still go­ing to fight for him,” said McPhee, who cred­ited Howard for the idea. “We can put the sea­son on the line just for him.”

Miller was trans­ferred from New Or­leans to a Chicago- area hos­pi­tal Mon­day and will re­main there “for a lit­tle bit more time,” coach John Fox said.

He had pro­ce­dures on his dis­lo­cated knee this week, said Fox, who hopes to see him Fri­day.

On off­side

Corner­back Kyle Fuller could have looked to an of­fi­cial to check on whether he was on­side be­fore try­ing to block a Saints field goal, Rodgers said.

Fuller was whis­tled off­side, giv­ing the Saints a first down on their first drive. They scored a touch­down on the next play.

“That’s some­thing we try to en­cour­age our play­ers to do for them­selves, then to look down the line and en­sure the rest of our guys are lined up cor­rectly,” Rodgers said. “But the coach­ing point is, ‘ Just line up on our side of the ball.’ ”

In­jury up­date

Wide re­ceiver Markus Wheaton ( groin), who was lim­ited Wed­nes­day, was a full prac­tice par­tic­i­pant, clear­ing the way for him to play Sun­day.

Corner­backs Bryce Cal­la­han ( knee) and Sher­rick McMa­nis ( ham­string), de­fen­sive end Roy Robert­son- Har­ris ( ham­string) and of­fen­sive line­man Tom Comp­ton ( an­kle) did not prac­tice. Guard Kyle Long ( fin­ger) was lim­ited a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day.

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Bears kicker Con­nor Barth has missed two of his last four field- goal at­tempts and four of his last 10. | ROB CARR/ GETTY IM­AGES

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