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Player Profile: Leon Joe

Lake Forest - Second-year linebacker Leon Joe could get the chance to start at strong safety Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons if Hunter Hillenmeyer's fractured thumb keeps the veteran on the sidelines. It's an opportunity that Joe has waited for since being picked by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2004 draft.

The 6-1 235 lb. native of Ft. Washington, Md. split his rookie year with the Bears, then with the Cardinals after being waived by Chicago following the first game of the 2004 season. Joe was then claimed off waivers during the first week of training camp this year. Despite being inactive for the first two games of the seasons, Joe ranks second in special teams tackles with 17. He recently took...

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