The Bears Den: August 22, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where it's the time of the season... (complete this line)"

Urlacher sought treatment for knee in Europe - Brad Biggs: Bears linebacker has been aggressive trying to get better.

More mature Major Wright preparing for breakthrough - If you ever thought Major Wright was running around like a headless chicken in previous seasons, he confirms that you were accurate in that assessment.

Matt Bowen: Cutler-Marshall connection changes everything - With Cutler and Marshall teaming up in Chicago, the Bears offensive possibilities just got a whole lot more exciting. Talks about a great deal more on [audio] with Mully & Hanley. Well worth the listen.

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Injury issues

Taking a shot - Urlacher reportedly visited clinic in Germany during offseason for Regenokine injection therapy.

Conte suffered separated shoulder - Starting free safety Chris Conte confirmed on Tuesday that he separated his right shoulder when he attempted a tackle in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason contest.

Podlesh injury leaves Bears with only rookie at punter - Brad Biggs: Quigley will get shot Friday before club goes over options if hip problem proves serious.

Toub concerned about Podlesh injury - Jeff Dickerson: Expected to visit several specialists in the coming days to examine the injury, team bringing in Matt Dodge for tryout.

Bears likely to punt on costly fill-in for Podlesh - Brad Biggs: If the Bears are in need of a fill-in punter for Week 1, don't expect them to pursue one with much experience.

Podlesh hip injury poses problem for Bears - Moon Mullin: Dodge or Quigley would be a less expensive option over a veteran like Brad Maynard, whose salary would be fully guaranteed if on the opening day roster.

[Video] Injuries hitting the Bears hard - Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright go through the injuries plaguing the Bears this preseason. MCW: "Conte has a big one." awfullyquiet becomes awfullyinterested.

Nothing safe about Bears’ safety position - Bob LeGere: With Bears safeties, strong or free, it often comes down to the last man standing. But the injuries don't usually start piling up until the regular season.

Bears safeties have been far from safe under Lovie Smith - Obviously I'm not a professional player or coach, but Hardin's tackle in which he got injured didn't look that textbook to me.

Sick bay: Expect Conte back for Colts, Podlesh…not so sure - Moon Mullin: Chris Conte is still dealing with a shoulder injury, but is expected to be ready for the Bears season opener against the Colts, but the outlook for punter Adam Podlesh isn't so positive.

Bears should have all 22 position starters back for opener - Moon Mullin: Barring any unforeseen injuries in the last two preseason games, the Bears should be at full strength for the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts on September 9.

Bears news and views

Bears offensive line faces big challenge - Larry Mayer: Mike Tice is eager to see how the OL fares against the Giants' fierce pass rush on Friday night.

Chilo Rachal expected to get chance to impress at LG - Jeff Dickerson: Tice has steadily turned up the heat on starting left guard Chris Spencer in the wake of Spencer’s poor preseason debut against the Broncos.

Eric Weems displaying versatility for Chicago Bears - Jeff Dickerson: Has proven to be a dependable target in the passing game so far in the preseason.

Giants game best indicator for whole Bears offense - Moon Mullin: Game 3 of the Bears' preseason will be the strongest indicator of where the team's offense stands as Jay Cutler and Matt Forte play additional minutes, compared to the two previous games.

Conte plans on playing in opener - Safety will rehab his dislocated right shoulder in hopes that it will be strong enough for him to go Sept. 9 against the Colts.

Chris Harris ‘all for’ a return to Bears - Joined Mully & Hanley and said he would gladly welcome a phone call from the Bears, if they decided they need a veteran option. Includes [audio] on a range of other issues.

Nate Collins hoping to make impact in return to N.Y. - Can he play left tackle?

For Costanzo, the chance he’s waited for may finally be here - Moon Mullin: Bears linebacker Blake Constanzo was a virtual unknown coming into the NFL out of Lafayette College in 2007, but he's already been named to one All-Pro team and now he may have a chance to crack the starting lineup.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Readers' Q&A on all things Bears.

Worried about the Bears' run defense - Rosendoom: You might as well switch off now, Bears fans (I'm assuming this is what he's saying. I tuned out.).

Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins at Soldier Field - Photos from the game.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - August 21 - She doesn't understand sentence structure and babbles worse than Maggie Hendricks. Come back Maggie, all is forgiven...

Everything else

Earl Bennett would be proud… - Moon Mullin: Earl Bennett made his bright orange shoes famous last year by incurring a pair of fines for wearing them on the field and Bears cornerback D.J. Moore has found some new kicks that would make Bennett proud.

Is the Left Tackle position 'evolving' in the NFL? - Tackles don't need the size of the past in today's passing league, in response to speedier edge rushers.

Playbook: Eagles' red zone route concepts - Because it's Matt Bowen. Breaking down two TD passes on the chalkboard.

Know thy enemy - Seifert: Air-tight support for Packers backup QB Graham Harrell.

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei: According to the Football Outsiders Almanac, the Lions have led the league in personal fouls since Jim Schwartz became coach in 2009.

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei's notes from Lions' camp. Kid Rock was recording a song about the Lions. Lookin' good there, fella.

Ron Rivera thinks Greg Olsen could put up Gronk/Graham-type numbers - Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski likes throwing to TEs.

Jarron Gilbert jumping out of pool to DE - Former Angelo wasted draft pick relishing opportunity with Bills.

Ex-Chicago Bears Chris Zorich must repay charity's funds - Will have to pay the state of Illinois nearly $350,000 in unaccounted for funds from The Chris Zorich Charitable Foundation.

Iron Mike Ditka's very own tailgate hit: pot roast nachos - I stumbled across a recipe from Ditka's restaurant that some of you might like to try. Added bonus: It could put hair on your upper lip.

NFL.com: Presenting the best m(o)ustaches in NFL history - The Rams honored Jeff Fisher by giving away m(o)ustaches prior to the team's first preseason home game. Waste of space Adam Rank takes a look at the best m(o)ustaches in NFL history.

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