The Bears Den: August 10, 2011

"...where we like to bet on ourselves."

Tice is pleased with line's performance | Larry Mayer: All five offensive linemen who’ve been working with the starting unit since the Bears opened training camp have impressed position coach Mike Tice.

Bears take a pass on Kelvin Hayden — for now - Vaughn McClure: Free-agent cornerback could come back to the mix if his price goes down.

Smith likes the way D.J. Moore plays - Vaughn McClure: Bears nickel back takes advantage of opportunities with 5 interceptions in camp.

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Bears must play safe rather than risk sorry - David Haugh: Key players should sit until Soldier Field conditions improve.

FieldTurf at Soldier Field would benefit Bears, city, taxpayers - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: A change will benefit everyone involved, from the Bears to the ­Chicago Park District to the ­taxpayers, who ultimately foot the bill. S-T video: Andy Fantuz - Inside the Bears

Clark looking for bigger role at tight end - Fred Mitchell: Bears revamping position with Davis, Spaeth and Clark. Video:Mike DeBord on team's TE depth

Bears’ Chester Taylor isn’t bothered by competition - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: Chester Taylor didn’t think his 2010 season was as bad as it looked.

Okoye, Bears a good match - Bob LeGere: Former first-round draft pick Amobi Okoye is hoping to fit in better as a defensive tackle with the Bears than he did with his previous team, the Houston Texans.

Mullin: Louis doesn't dwell on the past | John "Moon" Mullin: After losing his starting spot last season to Chris Williams, Lance Louis didn't let it phase him and has worked himself back into a starter. Louis, who played tight end in college says, "I'm a blocker now." Latest Bears video

MJD Still Won't Apologize to Cutler | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: With last season a distant memory, MJD still won't apologize to Cutler for tweets. Who cares?

Quick-study Garza at center of storm - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: Roberto Garza is hoping what he learned from Olin Kreutz will help his transition.

Can the Bears' offensive line be a strength in 2011? | National Football Post Greg Gabriel: A former scout's take on how the unit fared at a recent practice in Bourbonnais.

Rashaan Salaam auctions Heisman ring - An auction house says former Colorado and Bears running back Rashaan Salaam's Heisman ring has sold for $8,140, plus a 20 percent buyer's premium.

NFL exec foresees 'random, year-round testing for HGH' - The Huddle - Nate Davis: Birch: "It is a significant step in that it has not been done before, and we would be the first professional league to incorporate blood testing."

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