1985 Bears Coverage: Jerry Vainisi not calling Bell or Harris

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Jerry Vainisi not calling Bell or Harris

Kevin Lamb

Originally published Nov. 20, 1985

General manager Jerry Vainisi said he did not plan to call either Todd Bell, Al Harris or their representatives this week. If they aren’t signed Saturday, the Bears can’t add them to their roster this season.

If Walter Payton out rushes Atlanta’s Gerald Riggs by 56 yards when their teams play at Soldier Field Sunday, he’ll probably take the NFL lead in rushing. He also would have to outrush Freeman McNeil by 11 yards and stay ahead of Marcus Allen, now 20 yards behind him. Payton has finished only one season (1977) as the NFL’s leading rusher, although he has led the NFC five times.

The Bear defense has moved to within 37 yards of the No. 1 ranking in total yardage. Pittsburgh passed the Giants for first place. . .On offense, the Bears’ third straight 200-yard rushing game gave them the league lead in rushing yards. They maintained their lead in defense against the rush.

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