Pisa Tinoisamoa misses practice

Updated: November 22, 2010, 3:04 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa sat out practice Monday because of a knee injury that forced him to miss the Bears' 16-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

Tonoisamoa anticipates returning to the practice field Wednesday, with an eye toward facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field.

"I'm hopeful [to play Sunday]," Tinoisamoa said. "[I'm] day to day, and just going to take it one day at a time. I'm going to practice Wednesday, and see how it goes from there.

"I was playing with [the knee injury], so I think it was kind of a freakish thing that happened. Like I said, I'm day to day, hoping to get better and hoping to play this week."

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo downplayed Tinoisamoa's injury before the Dolphins game.

"He should be fine," Angelo said. "He's had some medical issues that have been well-documented. He has had something with his knee, but we feel he will be fine. If we had the regular cycle of the week he might have been able to play on Sunday but having the short week we didn't want to push it."

"Time always helps, so there were some things we could have done to possibly [help] my injury," Tinoisamoa said. "Yeah, it could have been possible [to play in Miami if game was Sunday]. Anything is possible in this league."

Tinoisamoa and veteran center Olin Kreutz were the only two players to skip practice. Kreutz had been bothered by a sore hamstring the past few weeks.

"He made progress, even throughout the weekend," Lovie Smith said. "Of course, that will be a boost for us, [because] we need all our defensive players ready to go this week, and hopefully Pisa will be."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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