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November 4, 2013

Packers prepare a Marshall plan for Bears WRs

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Shields is probable for the game after sitting out Saturday’s practice as a precaution. An offensive lineman stepped on his toes the previous day.

Tramon Williams starts opposite Shields, while Davon House and rookie Micah Hyde have had their moments off the bench the last few weeks, too.

“We just have to go out there and be as physical as possible,” the 6-foot Hyde said.

Practicing jump balls during the week might come in handy Monday night.

“They’re big guys who go up and get the ball,” Hyde said. “It’s going to be hard to limit them to zero catches, that’s obvious.”

For all the consternation in Bears country about being down a starting quarterback, Cutler has been subpar against Green Bay. His passer rating against the Packers is 54.8, with eight TD passes, 17 interceptions and one win in eight starts.

Coach Marc Trestman likes McCown’s veteran presence. The personnel might be a little different, but the offense doesn’t change, Marshall said.

“There’s always ways to get guys open who face a lot of roll coverage, different schemes, double coverages. But with us, we’re not going to force it to me,” Marshall said. “I think it’s been working for us. Now, we have to get some wins with some of our success and progress.”

Chicago has lost three of four after a 3-0 start. Green Bay has won four straight.

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