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The Bears Den: December 22, 2011

"...where it's like Viagra...for football."

Angelo bothered by inability to finish In his weekly Q&A with, GM Jerry Angelo discusses the Bears' four-game skid and why it's important to finish the season strong. Jeff Joniak's Keys to the Game

Marion Barber a no-show, others sit at Bears practice Taft: Running back Marion Barber was not at Bears practice Wednesday, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he did not know his status for Sunday's game. Barber is questionable with a calf injury, but his absence was unexplained. Bears, Packers talk about rivalry, Sunday's game

Future on the line for Jennings McClure: Cornerback is playing for a contract, as is his possible replacement as a starter, Zack Bowman Bowman thankful for added opportunities

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Quarterback and tight end: What hath Martz wrought? Two key offensive positions have brought a bag of mixed results under Mike Martz's watch. Forget about Jay Cutler for a moment, and the personnel decisions are not good. John Mullin explores a troubling situation. Latest Bears Video: View from the Moon, more...

Tice still expecting big things from Carimi Biggs: Mike Tice is eager to get back to work with Gabe Carimi on the football field, but the offensive line coach knows it will be next spring before the injured right tackle is ready.

Forte hopes physical therapy pays off Friedell: Matt Forte is working diligently to return to the field.

Bennett avoids connecting the dots Wright: Bennett's current four-game stretch is the worst of his three-year career. 4 Downs: Could McNabb have won here?

Bears mailbag from Dan Pompei: The Tribune's Bears columnist answers your questions weekly.

Celebrating Hanukkah with Chicago’s ‘Bear Jew,’ Gabe Carimi Hemdricks: Though he hasn't been able to contribute to Chicago on the field, he became a part of the community from the day he was drafted in April.

Hester Says Under Amour Shoes Ruined His Third And Fourth Seasons O'Donnell: At the Nike Hyperwarm Bowl held at Solder Field on Tuesday, Devin Hester said switching to Under Armour shoes sabotaged his third and fourth seasons in the NFL.

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