Bears C Kruetz likely to play vs Vikings

The Chicago Bears expect to have center Olin Kreutz available to

face the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Kreutz practiced Friday for the first time this week after

missing Wednesday and Thursday workouts due to a pulled hamstring.

He is officially listed as questionable for the game.

Kreutz, a 13-year veteran, hasn’t missed a game since an

appendectomy kept him out of a Nov. 18, 2002, game against St.

Louis. He owns a streak of 126 straight starts.

Starting right guard Roberto Garza is the backup center and

Edwin Williams would move into Garza’s guard spot if Kreutz fails

to start or aggravates the injury.

The Bears also listed cornerback Zack Bowman as questionable due

to a foot injury. Bowman practiced all week and is expected to

return after missing two games.