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1985 Bears Coverage: Covert ends up in the hospital

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Covert ends up in the hospital

Brian Hewitt

Originally published Sept. 26, 1985

Bears left tackle Jim Covert missed yesterday’s practice with back spasms and wound up in Lake Forest Hospital, where he was expected to spend the night. “We’ll just have to wait and see,” said coach Mike Ditka when asked if Covert would be able to play against the Redskins Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears listed Covert as “questionable” on the injury report. Ditka said Covert injured the back during wind sprints after Tuesday’s practice. If Covert can’t play, reserve Andy

Frederick will replace him and play across from Washington’s Dexter Manley, the NFL’s leading sacker. . .Ditka on injured guard Kurt Becker (knee), listed as doubtful on the injury report: “I would rule Becker out of this game because I don’t think I’m willing to take a chance on him if he was capable of playing.” The Bears also listed safety Dave Duerson (groin) as questionable.