The Bears Den: August 29, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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Juggernaut Index No. 9: The Chicago Bears - A nice breakdown of what to expect from (hope for) from the season, even if you don't FF.

Durkin’s Playbook: Jennings’ gambles often cost Bears - Dan Durkin breaks down Tim Jennings' tendency to take chances, which sometimes leads to big plays for the opposing offense.

Peter King's MMQB - I know, it's not Monday. My bad.

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Injury forecasts

Colts game forecast: Urlacher in, Podlesh out - Moon Mullin: Lovie Smith expects Brian Urlacher to start Week 1 against the Colts Sept. 9. Punter Adam Podlesh, however, is not expected to play.

Lovie optimistic that Urlacher will practice next week, play in season opener - Plus, notes from practice.

Two weeks after scope, Urlacher still sidelined - Brad Biggs: Lovie Smith said Tuesday he expects Urlacher to return to practice next week and play in the Sept. 9 opener against the Colts at Soldier Field.

Urlacher on track to play Week 1 - Bob Babich: "Nick Roach has done a great job ... doesn't make many mistakes and has great athletic ability ... he plays very fast". Which Nick Roach have you been watching, Bob?

Adam Podlesh doesn't rule out return for opener - Brad Biggs: But team aren't going to rush him back prematurely or risk making the injury worse.

Podlesh hasn't given up on facing Colts - Jeff Dickerson: No official timetable for when the veteran will be able to return to action.

Other Bears news

Booker, Allen battling for third spot - Larry Mayer: Competition could hinge on performance on special teams.

Cutler and the offense are redefining the Bears' image - Michael Wilbon: It's not something anybody's had any real practice doing, talking about the Bears' offense in superlatives. To say it's a first might not even be an exaggeration.

[Video] Mike and Mike Two-A-Days: Chicago Bears - ESPN's Mike & Mike Show breaks down the Bears' five biggest questions heading into the NFL season.

[Video] Moon Mullin's update - Updates and thoughts from Halas Hall.

[Video] Kip & Moon on the preseason finale - What to look out for from Bears-Browns.

Adam Podlesh expresses concern about replacement officials - Plus notes from practice.

It's decision time on Josh McCown - Brad Biggs: Bears must settle on Josh McCown as their No. 3 QB, or take a chance on a practice squad player.

NFL.com: Defensive blue/red chips - Peppers, Briggs get some love, though the LB categories should really be "3-4 pass-rushers" and "non 3-4 pass-rushers".

Henry Melton wants to be ‘the man’ on Bears’ defense - “People felt I disappeared sometimes, but I wasn’t playing as many snaps as people thought.”

Devin Hester is in a happy place - Is excited about the opportunity to play in "more of a spread offense" better suited for him than any he has played in since he became a WR in 2007.

Bears fail in bid to bring in punter Lanning - Brought in six punters for tryouts to evaluate options.

ProFootballFocus' 32 Teams, 32 Observations: The Preseason Edition - "The Bears plan to fix their OL by returning nearly the same unit as last year looks a doomed one." You forget, sir, about the UDFA rookie tackles that we've been raving about.

Which NFC teams are at risk of missing playoffs? - NFL.com's analysts ponder. To call Adam Rank an analyst, though, may be stretching it.

Nervewracking week for Bears on the bubble - Maggie Hendricks: "Sleepless nights are ahead for Dane Sanzenbacher, Lorenzo Booker and Armando Allen." Why, is Sanzenbacher going to be babysitting for Jay? That would explain a few things...

NFCN Blog: How to match up with big receivers - Kevin Seifert: Assuming they don't plan to forfeit the season, how will NFCN CBs and coaches deal with big targets?

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - August 27 - I found this in the dictionary while looking up "trite". 'Happenings at Halas' August 28 was under "banal". Factoid: Booker was apparently "super tired" after his 105 yard return. Delish.

Everything else

Silverman: Ranking the NFL’s top OLs - Packers at #2? Let the debate begin.

Madden NFL 13 Regular Season Predictions - Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Along with the Madden NFL 13 release comes the always exciting regular season simulation. Stop by to see who they simmed into the playoffs.

Bears-Packers rivalry heats up on Madden 13 - Virtual Packers suck. Orange pants not a good look, even on Brian. Are you sure that's Brian?

NFL's most overrated players in 2012 - Which ex-Bear is this? "Just because a guy went to The U and is drafted in the first round, does not mean he’s a standout player." Thanks, Jerry.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down Griffin's TD pass off of sprint action vs.Nickel Cover-0 pressure.

[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Taking a look at the Cowboys' 'Yankee' max-protection play pass.

Where will NFL offenses go from here? - Will the college game seep into the pros?

Know thy enemy - Lions GM reportedly calling teams for RB help. Well, if you will insist on using oft- and easily-injured RBs... Could Kahlil Bell join the Lions' RB corps?

Know thy enemy - Indications are that Cedric Benson has won the Packers' starting RB job.

Know thy enemy - Cedric Benson believes he's in his prime; former Bear will get an opportunity to build on his three straight seasons of more than 1,000 yards rushing. Likely to be used more in the passing game than in the past.

Judge orders former NFL WR Sam Hurd to jail in drug case - "A judge has ordered former NFL WR Sam Hurd jailed indefinitely for allegedly failing drug tests and attempting to arrange a drug deal while out on bond." In for a penny, in for a pound!

Send me home like an elephant stone...

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