Brandon McGowan had beaten out Ricky Manning, Jr. as the Bears nickel back last season, and held onto the job tight this preseason. That's why the Bears cut Manning -- who promptly signed with the winning-challenged Rams.
Now, McGowan's season is lost to ankle surgery, stemming from an injury that was suffered during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss in Carolina.
One juicy nugget from the Tribune article linked above? Speculative mention of John Lynch, who is currently unemployed. It mentions that Lynch did excel under Lovie Smith's current scheme in Tampa Bay. I guess it couldn't hurt to try, however, last time the Bears went for the safety-no-one-else-wanted-who-excelled-previously-in-Lovie's-scheme, it was Adam Archuleta. We all know how that turned out.
Good thing Lynch, like pretty much everyone else, has more talent than Archuleta.