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Omiyale expected to replace Beekman at left guard today

MINNEAPOLIS–The Bears are turning back to one of the men they brought in to improve their offensive line.

Frank Omiyale is expected to start at left guard this afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings.

He will replace Josh Beekman, who has started the last four games. Omiyale started the first six games of the season before the team made the change to Beekman in hopes of jump-starting the moribund running game. The Bears have not run the ball any better with Beekman in the lineup, and they view Omiyale to be a better pass defender. That much was evident when they inserted Omiyale for Beekman at the two-minute warning at San Francisco.

Beekman, a fourth-round draft pick from Boston College in 2007, started all 16 games at left guard last season. Omiyale was signed to an $11.5 million, four-year contract in free agency.

Against the Vikings’ third-ranked rushing defense, maybe the Bears know they have to air it out with Jay Cutler today and that is why they are making the change.