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Afalava impressing those who count

Safety filling in for injured secondary players

Originally Published: August 18, 2009
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- While he may have a last name that's a bit difficult to pronounce, that's not keeping Al Afalava's name from being on a lot of people's lips these days.

A sixth-round draft choice and seventh selection overall by the Bears, the former Oregon State standout has had an outstanding training camp thus far.

Most importantly, he's impressed the guys who make the decisions about who plays and stays, and who gets cut and goes home: the Bears' coaching staff.

"He's ...

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