It's a tough season for rookies all around. With no offseason workouts and a very limited training camp, rookies were at a serious disadvantage over rookies in years past.
Still, this is professional football and there's no crying in the NFL. The rookies sucked it up and got to the business of learning their playbooks, working to make some contributions.
Now it's midseason and, just as would usually be the case, the Bears 2011 rookie class has performed with various degrees of success.
There are a few rookies who have made significant impact or contributed notably. The Bears have a unusually high number of rookies on the roster with nine, and another on injured reserve.
Today we're going to hand out midseason grades to our rookie class. Follow me as we take a look at the performances of the 2011 class.