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The Bears Den: August 2, 2011

"...where we've lost our center. No, seriously."

Carimi lines up with first team in practice | Larry Mayer: After working at left tackle with the No. 2 offense in the first two practices, first-round pick Gabe Carimi lined up at right tackle with the No. 1 unit Monday night.

Chicago Bears: J'Marcus Webb lines up at left tackle, rookie Gabe Carimi at right tackle - Brad Biggs: With the upheaval on the interior of the offensive line, the Bears made the decision not to wait any longer to set their tackles.

Chicago Bears: Defining work begins for offensive linemen - Brad Biggs: The pads went on Monday night for the first time in training camp and now the defining work begins for offensive linemen.

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Chicago Bears: Bears fielding bigger, more physical offense - Dan Pompei: Angelo and the front office are making a concerted effort to field a bigger, more physical offense than the Bears had one year ago.

Chicago Bears: Tim Jennings, Zack Bowman to battle for starting cornerback job - Brad Biggs: No one is going to settle into the starting cornerback job opposite Charles Tillman and get too comfortable.

Bears face chore replacing Olin Kreutz; Roberto Garza has résumé - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: For as long as any Bear can remember, there has only been one leader at Halas Hall: center Olin Kreutz, who departed over the weekend after he and the Bears couldn’t come to terms on a new deal.

Tackle Gabe Carimi impressive with Bears’ first-team offense - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: It was only the first day in pads, but rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi looked as though he belonged right where he was Monday night — with the first-team offense.

August 1 Practice Observations - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: It was a muggy night here at ONU, under the lights.

Making sense out of big dollars - Mike Imrem: Ask yourself, would you need more than a minute, much less 60 of them, to accept $4 million to stick flaming needles in your eyes, much less to play sports for a year?

Kreutz’s Agent: Bears’ Ultimatum ‘Caught Us Off Guard’ " CBS Chicago Olin Kreutz's agent, Mark Bartlestein, expressed some confusion about why the Bears issued an ultimatum to his client when the two sides were so close to a deal.

Former Bears influence new DT Okoye's decision | John "Moon" Mullin: Okoye is a good friend of former Bear Tommie Harris, who was released by the team this offseason.

RAW: Olin Kruetz's Exit Interview | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Video: Peggy Kusinsky sits down with former Bears center Olin Kreutz to discuss his messy departure, his future and his feelings.

What to expect from ex-Cowboys trio - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Tim MacMahon: ESPN Dallas gives a scouting report of the three ex-Cowboys who joined the Bears.

Quick hits: Training camp tidbits - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: For the first time this summer, we had all four NFC North teams on the field on the same day.

Chicago Bears make Matt Forte contract talks complicated - ESPN Chicago Melissa Isaacson: Watching the Kreutz talks play out shouldn't instill confidence in Forte's.

NFL Free Agent Frenzy Has Fans Forgetting The Lockout | We Got This Covered Lester A. Wiltfong: I don't even have time to catch my breath with all the NFL news going on. The Lockout? That's really old news.

Jerry Angelo's Greg Olsen, Mike Ditka and Free Agent Quotes Are Vomit Inducing - SB Nation Chicago SBN Chicago's Bobby Loesch is less than pleased with Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo's quotes on Greg Olsen, Mike Ditka, and the team's free agent spending over the summer.

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