The Bears Den: September 03, 2013 - Week 1 news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

Dude! It's week 1 of the regular season! And we're Bears!

Roster news- Larry Mayer: Bears trade for tight end Dante Rosario and waive Kyle Adams; Emery on why the team claimed David Bass; practice squad news.

Bears plan activities in community for fans - Including Phil Emery hosting a live chat on Wednesday at noon.

Bears have a middling feel to them - David Haugh: A team starting three of 10 rookies on the roster reveals itself as one caught between rebuilding and contending. The Bears either will make the playoffs or start revamping the roster one day after their final game. Quite possibly, they could do both.

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Emery’s actions reflect ‘consistent’ message - Adam Hoge: Phil Emery is sticking to the plan he believes will bring championships to Chicago.

All these Bears rookies conjure up Super memories - Mike Imrem: Thirty years ago the Bears had a draft class that contributed mightily to a Super Bowl championship a mere two years later. Thirty years later they can only hope that they have another one just as good.

Too much too soon? - Mark Potash: More than half of the 29 homegrown players — 15 — have accomplished little or nothing in the NFL. Unless the Bears have an unusual number of rookie-of-the-year candidates, it leaves Emery with a top-heavy roster.

[Video] - Peter King's one-minute previews of each team. Loves the playmaking defense and Emery's first-round choice, on offense everything hinges on the O-line.

Bears preview - Doug Farrar's picks for teams that could jump to the postseason includes a certain team that was founded by a certain man with the initials G, S and H.

Bengal bouts looming for Long, Mills - Moon Mullin: In their first NFL game that matters, rookies Mills and particularly Long are about to step way, way up in class from anything they’ve seen this preseason, arguably even among the best of their own teammates.

With hip in 'great shape,' Marshall ready to roll - Larry Mayer: Back with the Bears Monday after a four-day excused absence, Brandon Marshall acknowledged that he went for a checkup on his surgically-repaired hip and that it's in "amazing shape."

Communication key for Marshall, Trestman - Michael C. Wright: Although Marshall has expressed frustration about his recovery process on multiple occasions, Trestman said the receiver hasn’t vocalized that behind closed doors or shown any indication at practices.

Bears not sure still on starting left DE - Brad Biggs: Both Wootton and McClellin will see plenty of playing time, but Emery says the decision on a starting left DE hasn't been made.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Emery not worried about Webb providing Vikings with secrets, denies reports of Bears looking to trade Earl Bennett; injury and roster news.

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Phil Emery says his goal is to consistently have a high number of draft picks on the roster; roster and injury news.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Henry Melton and Earl Bennett both cleared for Sunday’s Week 1 matchup against the Bengals; all other previously injured players (Scott, Williams, Mannelly) took part in workouts.

Injury news - Moon Mullin: Earl Bennett's return for Bengals game not a given, meaning one of Weems, Anderson or Wilson would have to step up.

Ex-Bear news - Brad Biggs: GM was optimistic Webb would excel when shifted to RT this season and that is why he was essentially given that job.

Ex-Bear gigglesnort - Robert Mays: Some might remember J'Marcus Webb for his constant ingenuity in devising new ways to see Jay Cutler nearly decapitated. But what's his real legacy?

Bostic won't only be alongside Peppers & Tillman & Briggs on the field, he can also line up with them on your clothing, courtesy of this top from WCGer Sackman.

Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today (Hurst, McManis INTs)

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

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Concussions are a problem in the NFL­ ­— and we can’t get enough of it - Rick Telander: Does the NFL's $765 million payout fix the essential problem with tackle football, or the culpability of those who profit wildly from other men’s physical and mental undoing? No. Not even close.

NFL Health & Safety - Bill Bradley: This season "peel-back" blocks are banned inside the tackle-box area, aka. the Brian Cushing Rule.

NFL targets London franchise - Bill Barnwell: Moving an NFL franchise to England is a complex proposition. (Sums up some of my own misgivings about the continued reports that Goodell wants a franchise in London.)

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Johnny Jolly continues to defy the odds, after opening training camp arguably no better than ninth on the DL depth chart.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert with some key Lions nuggets from ESPN Stats & Info. Louis Delmas makes a huge difference in their ability to defend passes downfield, when he's not out injured.

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