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The Bears Den: September 1, 2011

"...where you can get a cheese sandwich."

Venable pushing hard for roster spot | Larry Mayer: Hard-hitting rookie Winston Venable has impressed Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub and is battling for a spot on the 53-man roster. Video: Smith on Bears - Browns

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk | Larry discusses the likelihood of the Bears re-signing Alex Brown, whether Robbie Gould's missed field goals in the preseason are a concern and rookies who could make the 53-man roster.

Look for some prominent Bears to sit out exhibition finale - Brad Biggs: Backups will see most of the playing time as Chicago Bears try to escape unscathed. Bears see no need to supplement their pass rush right now.

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Rookies will never forget challenge, opportunity of fourth exhibition game - Former NFL player Matt Bowen recalls physical test in 2000 with St. Louis Rams.

Bennett may not be flashy, but he’s solid - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Bears receiver Earl Bennett doesn’t sell jerseys like Devin Hester, doesn’t run like Johnny Knox and doesn’t attract attention like Roy Williams. But ask about him around Halas Hall, and you often hear the same refrain: ‘‘He’s a football player.’’ Bears receive roster exemption for Harvey Unga.

Browns game no throwaway for Hanie - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: The final preseason game Thursday is a big one for quarterback Caleb Hanie, but not because he’s trying to make the team. Preseason finale could mean some important final touches.

Whose bubble will Bears burst? - Bob LeGere: Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn't agree with anyone who says the final preseason game is meaningless.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - The backup QB situation, Chris and Roy Williams and retired numbers are among the questions tackled by the Tribune's Bears columnist.

Wish upon a 'star': Bears make dream come true | John "Moon" Mullin: Sometimes it’s about a lot more than football. And it’s very, very special to be able to cover "good" stories when they occur. Like Wednesday.

Cutler Gets Thursday Night Off | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Citing "exceptional" performances, Mike Martz will let Cutler sit the pre-season finale out.

Recent deals set precedent for Forte - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: If this offer met Matt Forte's standards, he would've signed it.

Clayton: One elite quarterback in NFC North - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: senior writer John Clayton has offered you some late-afternoon adrenaline. Seifert's Mailbag

Why you need to watch special teams tonight | National Football Post Matt Bowen: Last chance for "bubble" players to earn a roster spot.

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