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The Bears Den: June 1, 2011

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NFLPA planning for rookie symposium | Albert Breer: The NFLPA is finalizing plans for a June 28-29 rookie symposium of its own, which it is calling "The Business of Football, Rookie Edition", scheduled for near its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Bears pleased that legislation passed | Ted Phillips and the Bears on Tuesday commended the Illinois General Assembly on its timely passage of House Bill 200, youth concussion legislation.

Mike Martz has big plans for Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett - Brad Biggs: It’s not surprising that Mike Martz is plotting a bigger role for Earl Bennett.

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Melton, Paea turning a problem into a positive | View From the Moon John Mullin: The season is still in some question but a casual forecast here: The Bears’ defense already is better in a key area now than it was arguably at any point last season.

Mullin: Bears best-ever offensive tackles | Gabe Carimi said at this year's NFL Combine that he was the "best tackle out there." But who does Carimi have to supplant to be the best Bears offensive tackle? Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin looks at the Top 3.

Lockout Lessons for the NBA | NBC Chicago Maggie Hendricks: Like the NFL, the NBA is headed for a lockout. The players can pick up some lessons from their brothers-in-sports.

Mailbag: Why no defensive workouts? - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson checks his mail.

Power Rankings: Peterson and C. Johnson* - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: Ranking the NFL's top 10 offensive players.

Source: NFL supplemental draft in July if needed - ESPN An NFL official on Tuesday told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the supplemental draft will be held sometime in July -- if there are applicants.

Tank Johnson says T.O., Ochocinco were too much to handle | National Football Post Aaron Wilson: Defensive tackle weighs in on Bengals' chemistry.

Prelude to the Appeal | National Football Post Andrew Brandt: Setting up (sadly) the most important date on NFL calendar.

Keep your trifles, owners and players; fans want football - NFL - Football Larry Holder: Drew Brees wants to throw passes to you. Colts owner Jim Irsay wants to buy you a drink. Who's side are you on, NFL fan? If you were smart, Larry Holder says, you'd let both sides know that you don't want gifts, just football.

Kareem pens open letter to Pippen - Chicago Breaking Sports Fred Mitchell: Pippen said that while Jordan is "probably the greatest scorer to play the game," James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game."

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