The Bears Den: August 23, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where someone told us long ago, there's a calm before the storm."

OL competitions cloud roster assessments - Moon Mullin breaks down the likely Bears' roster on the offensive side of the ball.

Urlacher should address medical issues frankly - David Haugh: Transparency could have kept preseason focus on what looks like a playoff team.

Why Should We Care About Concussions When NFL Players Don't? - "...the underlying belief (in) wagering years of senility and invisible pain for a cause that is bigger than (one)self. ... That's a great thing to believe. But there is a common thread in all the NFL's tragic Concussion Era suicides. All of these feasted-and-feted warriors ... were completely and utterly alone at the very end."

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Urlacher kneewatch 2012

Urlacher and Bears play dodge ball - Not literally.

Urlacher evasive about knee treatment in Europe - Bob LeGere: Answered several questions from the media, but dodged the key points of the questions.

Urlacher should come clean on what's up with his knee - Kip Lewis' biggest question is why Urlacher hasn't ended all discussion by coming clean on what procedures he has had done.

On 54, the more you know, the better he looks - Moon Mullin remains optimistic on Urlacher's return from injury. [Video]

Urlacher won’t discuss therapy for injured knee - “We don’t know if he had it, but if he did and he still had swelling, it probably didn’t work,” said Dr. Pietro Tonino, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center who has done thousands of knee surgeries.

Urlacher avoids questions on reported therapy - Michael C. Wright: Brian Urlacher avoided questions Wednesday regarding whether he sought treatment on his healing left knee over the spring in Europe.

Why the Urlacher treatment story matters - Kevin Seifert's thoughts on the issues behind #54's need for treatment.

[Video] CTL: Are procedures on Urlacher a good thing? - The panel discuss the implications of #54's knee issues. Having played him in week 17 doesn't look like such a good idea now.

[Video] Brian Urlacher's procedure - A cartilage restoration orthopaedic surgeon explains what #54 had carried out on his knee.

Other Bears news

NFL Preseason Week 3: What to watch - Matt Bowen: Jets' offense, RGIII, Benson, Bears vs. Giants, Gabbert and more.

[Video] Love plans on playing starters into Q3 - Although if the OL don't hold up in pass protection, I would be perfectly fine with pulling Cutler and Jason Campbell getting more in the way of live reps.

Bears’ OL to get true test from Giants - Carimi: ‘‘We’re going to test our protections against one of the best in the business. We’ll know right where we stand.’’

Bears lose chance to test Webb, Williams vs. Giants' best - Moon Mullin: "The Bears will no longer be able to evaluate J'Marcus Webb and Chris Williams at left tackle the way they hoped to as the Giants announced Jason Pierre-Paul will be sidelined for Friday's game." Oh, I think there'll still be plenty of pain coming their way...

[Video] Better D: Bears Or Giants? - Herm Edwards and Cris Carter discuss who has the better defense heading into Friday's preseason game, the Bears or Giants.

[Video] Tom Waddle previews Bears-Giants - Speedy Dinkleman makes a list of things the Bears need to do and what he'll be looking for in Friday's game against the Giants.

NFC players who must shine - Entering the 2012 season, every team has players who must step up. NFL.com's Gil Brandt identifies two such guys in the crosshairs for each NFC team.

Nickel pass rushers possess athleticism - Larry Mayer: Rod Marinelli sees traits in linemen Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, Henry Melton and rookie Shea McClellin that would make an NBA scout salivate.

Dave Toub pleased with special-teams' progress - Brad Biggs: Dave Toub wants to see the Bears shore up things on special teams Friday night against the Giants but overall he was pleased in the effort against the Redskins that included a 91-yard punt return for Washington's Brandon Banks.

Lorenzo Booker helps résumé with huge kick return - RB knows he’s battling long odds to make the Bears’ roster. But if he can just make it close, he has a pretty good tiebreaker.

Bears confident in Norse god Thor safety Craig Steltz - DBs coach Jon Hoke believes the backup is a good fill-in while Chris Conte's shoulder heals. Dane rejoices!

Bears face finding right combination at safety - Jeff Dickerson: "Recent injuries to Chris Conte and Brandon Hardin will give the Bears a chance to shuffle the deck at safety and try out some new combination." Lucky, lucky Bears.

Conte needs to improve pursuit angles - Dan Durkin: In 2012, Chris Conte needs to show improvement in run support, specifically with his pursuit angles.

Bush will stay ready in backup role - “You can’t get frustrated on the sidelines whether you’re playing or not because eventually it’s going to come around to where you need to be ready. It’s going to be your turn to play."

Statistical storylines loom over every team in 2012 season - Is this the season that decades of QB frustration finally ends in the Midway?

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - August 22 - Dionne describes the safeties as "super young". My niece has a broader vocabulary and better understanding of sentence structure than her, and she won't turn 11 until January.

Everything else

Ex-Bear punter Maynard lists Long Grove mansion - Kitchen contains "stainless steel Viking appliances". Huh, so that's why he fell out of favour with Dave Toub.

[Video] Marcellus Wiley's NFC playoff picks - Breaks down the NFC, and makes his predictions as to who will make the playoffs.

Know thy enemy - "At the end of an offseason in which a number of his teammates made headlines for various scuffles with the law, Johnson is doing laundry. He used to have a maid, but she wasn't all that meticulous, and he figured he could do a better job himself." I'm not afraid to say it: Megatron's the one Lions player I respect and root for.

Former Mayor Daley Wants New Stadium, 2nd NFL Team In Chicago - "Every Sunday we would have a team playing in the National Football League. That would be unbelievable.” Um, you already pretty much do.....

Loved how this was used in the last episode of Stargate SG-1. Can't believe Chris Judge was a free safety in college.

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