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The Bears Den: May 25, 2011

...where "Grease" is not the word. The word is "Ditka".

Owners unanimous in passing new rules | Albert Breer: NFL owners passed three changes/adjustments to rules relating to player safety Tuesday morning at their spring meeting, each by a unanimous 32-0 vote.

Forte regains burst by training on hill | Larry Mayer: Sprinting up a steep hill near his home three times a week has helped Matt Forte regain his explosiveness following arthroscopic knee surgery two years ago.

Rookie symposium scrapped as NFL lockout drags on - Chicago Sun-Times Neil Hayes: Next month’s NFL rookie symposium has been canceled, making it the first event on the NFL’s 2011 calendar to be wiped out because of the lockout and the latest  example of how rookies and fringe players have much to lose in the ongoing labor dispute.

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Urlacher signs on to promote military academy - AP: After a whirlwind visit, Brian Urlacher is the new spokesman for a downstate military school.

The NFL's true impact on crime - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: Crime rates across the country typically decrease in September, which coincides with the start of the NFL season. But according to the FBI, the trend is related to the end of summer weather and school vacations.

An unlikely source for Vikings-to-LA talk - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: A hat tip to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, who pointed out an interesting exchange between radio host Rush Limbaugh and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced his candidacy for president Monday.

PHOTOS: Jerry Azumah's Annual Charity Bash | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Chicago sports celebs roll and bowl for a good cause.

Politicians, businessmen supporting NFL players - NFL - Yahoo! Sports Jon Krawczynski: Some of the little guys in the NFL labor dispute have thrown their support behind the players in their legal fight to end the owner-imposed lockout.

NFL slashes more employee salaries, raises replica jersey prices - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports Doug Farrar: When the history of the 2011 NFL lockout is written, the date May 24 will not go down as one in which the league won the hearts and minds of the football-loving populace.

David Akers wants to get a deal done, too | ProFootballTalk Mike Florio: As it turns out, Falcons (for now) running back Jason Snelling isn't the only player who is speaking out about a desire to get a labor deal done. Eagles (for now) kicker David Akers wants to get something done, too.

The 2011 Tight End Market - Offseason Low Down - Chris Wesseling: This is the fourth and final part in our 2011 Offseason Market Analysis for offensive skill-position free agents and trade candidates.

Brandon Marshall: Miami Dolphins Brandon Marshall not cooperating in stabbing probe - South Florida Omar Kelly: The Broward State Attorney's investigation into the stabbing of Brandon Marshall continues, but the Miami Dolphins wide receiver is not cooperating (via Aaron Wilson).

Is anything lost cancelling the Rookie Symposium? | National Football Post Matt Bowen: An inside look at why the event often fails to reach players.

Four judges, two views, one law | National Football Post Andrew Brandt: Interpretation of Norris-LaGuardia Act sways future of NFL.