Tampa Bay coach Ray Perkins expects to make some adjustments to the offensive line, which helped yield eight sacks in losses to Dallas and San Diego. Third-year pro John Bruhin may start in place of Carl Bax at left offensive guard, and backup center John Mayberry could play some at a guard spot Sunday against the Bears, Perkins said.
Bruhin started at right guard for the Bucs last season until a knee injury in the seventh week placed him on injured reserve. This year, he lost his job to Indiana rookie Ian Beckles.
"John Bruhin is going to play a lot in this game if not start," Perkins said. "We're going to get John ready to play. He played well against these guys last year. He'll see extensive action Sunday.
"We might play (Mayberry) and some of those guys. We might throw them in there and play them some."
Bears coach Mike Ditka downplayed the Bucs' first-ever sweep of his team last season as a motivating factor in Sunday's game at Tampa Stadium.
"I don't think it's more (incentive), but I think they know," Ditka said. "The ones that were here last year know, anyway. We set out this season with some definite goals, and the only way you can reach those goals is to take care of business in your division."
Ditka said he can't explain the fact that only the Bears have a winning record in the NFC Central. "People read what I said about Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Detroit," Ditka said. "I think they're very much improved football teams and I think they'll win their share of games the rest of the season.
"The Minnesota thing I still don't understand. I'll be honest with you. I'm not sure what happened there and why it happened. I know they lost a good quarterback (Wade Wilson) and they lost (Keith) Millard and that hurt them. They've gotten into a thing where it's very hard for them to win right now and it's hard to put your finger on why. I just think they're a better football team than their record shows, but you're only going to be judged on what you do, not on what people think."
Bucs nose tackle Curt Jarvis (neck) and wide receiver Bruce Hill (bruised ribs) are questionable. Chicago defensive back Donnell Woolford (sprained ankle, groin) is doubtful.
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Bears running back Neal Anderson on Bucs running back Gary Anderson: "I'd like to think I'm one of the top running backs overall. Tampa has a good running back in Gary Anderson. We might even be related somewhere down the line."
_ RICK STROUD