Joselio Hanson doesn't want to make a big deal about the chance that he might start on Sunday at left cornerback. All-Pro Asante Samuel did not practice all week and is officially listed as questionable for the game against the Bears due to a knee sprain. Hanson, a sixth-year veteran, has started 15 games in his NFL career.
"I just want to have fun and try to get to 8-3. I just want to go out there and have fun, make plays," Hanson said on Friday. "This is the NFL, it's a dream, so, live the dream."
Hanson has 25 tackles and an interception this season along with a fumble recovery. He is tied for first on the team with nine pass deflections. Hanson started at left cornerback in place of Samuel in the Week 5 win in San Francisco. He had five tackles and the fumble recovery in that game as the defense forced five turnovers.
Playing primarily as the nickel cornerback, Hanson said that the difference between being on the inside and the outside is the help you have.
"Being outside, you feel like you're out there by yourself a lot more. You're on an island, as people say, but that's basically it, really," Hanson said. "It's still the game of football. I've been playing it since I was young."
Samuel leads the league with seven interceptions this season. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has thrown 10 interceptions this season. Hanson doesn't feel like that he has to fill Samuel's shoes if he has to start.
"Hey, I'm just going to play my game. Hopefully I can get a couple (of interceptions)," Hanson said. "You never know."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson 5:40 p.m., November 26