The Bears Den: September 7, 2011

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"...where you can't avoid the Turk."

Meriweather called Smith years ago | chicagobears.com Larry Mayer: Veteran safety Brandon Meriweather signed with the Bears on Monday, but it wasn't the first time he wanted to join the team.Video: Lou Canellis sits down with the new faces of the Bears.

Will there be changes in starting lineup? | chicagobears.com Larry discusses the Bears depth chart, what color jerseys the Bears will wear in Sunday's regular-season opener and former Bears who were released by other NFL teams during final cuts.

Deeper kickoffs a great unknown for Chicago Bears, NFL - chicagotribune.com Brad Biggs: Good return teams likely to suffer with more touchbacks expected during regular season.

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Turner's homecoming could mean a long day for Bears - chicagotribune.com Dan Pompei: Falcons' physical running back out of Northern Illinois usually gets stronger in the fourth quarter.

Bears have one of the oldest defenses in the NFL - chicagotribune.com Mike Mulligan: Disturbing trend is age of key players.

Bears GM appears to leave open contract talks with Matt Forte - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Bears general manager Jerry Angelo tabled contract talks with running back Matt Forte and linebacker Lance Briggs until after the 2011 season. But Angelo provided a subtle caveat when talking about Forte.

Matt Forte must hope risk leads to reward – Audibles Chris Burke on the NFL.

Game plan: Penetrate Atlanta's O-Line | csnchicago.com John "Moon" Mullin: In the two games the Bears have played the Falcons with Matt Ryan at quarterback, they have gone winless. Video: CSN's Lewis and Mullin

Urlacher thinks Bears match up well with Falcons - chicagotribune.com Vaughn McClure: While the Chicago Bears linebacker acknowledges the obvious talent of the Atlanta Falcons, he believes Chicago Bears are up to task.

Between the whines with Bears’ Lance Briggs - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: What Lance Briggs said Monday and what he was really thinking. Are you a believer in the Bears’ title chances this season? Take our quiz - Chicago Sun-Times Lovie’s cup is always half-full. Is yours? Take this test to find out.

Holmes’ Mailbag: Are Bears Getting Bad ‘Rep’ Around NFL? " CBS Chicago Laurence Holmes: Well, the regular season is here. Let’s take a look at what’s on your mind in this week's mailbag as the Bears get ready for Week 1 vs. Atlanta.

After the Cuts, Who Are the Bears? | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Get to know all 53 of your 2011 Bears.

Emmitt: Williams improved with Cowboys - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Emmitt said Williams finally showed improvement in his last Cowboys season. ESPN 1000: Waddle & Silvy - ESPN Chicago

The Shutdown Five: Quarterbacks with something to prove in 2011 - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports MJD: If they don't deliver now, we'll be looking at them differently for years.

An all-time favorite final cut story | National Football Post Greg Gabriel: You always want to avoid the 'Turk.'

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