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The Bears Den: September 2, 2011

"...where it was a dark and stormy warm and muggy night."

Bears beat Browns in preseason finale | Larry Mayer: The Bears closed the preseason on a positive note, defeating the Cleveland Browns 24-14 in a battle of backups on a warm and muggy Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Hanie efficient in preseason victory The Bears wanted to see Caleb Hanie perform with efficiency Thursday night, and the backup quarterback did just. Highlights, postgame video.

Bears escape exhibitions relatively unscathed - Their victory over the Browns did little other than keep starters healthy to prepare for opener. Strong outing solidifies Hanie's spot.

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Rookie receiver stands out in win | Larry Mayer: Dane Sanzenbacher delivered another impressive performance in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Browns, catching a game-high four passes for 50 yards .Bears quotes: Lovie, Hanie, Hughes and Carimi

Taylor believes he's an asset somewhere - Veteran RB gets starting nod, might stick around after injury to Bell.

Rookie WR Sanzenbacher shines in grand finale - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: When Dane Sanzenbacher turned around after returning a punt 66 yards for a touchdown he was disappointed to see a penalty flag. Closer look at backup running backs.

Bears’ Robert Hughes delivers big game against Browns - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: An afterthought for much of training camp with his hometown team, Chicagoan Robert Hughes did all a long-shot rookie can do in the final preseason game.

Forte unlikely to bite without better offer - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Matt Forte isn’t sure whether he’ll sign an extension with the Bears before the regular-season opener, but the starting running back knows nothing will affect his status for the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 11.

Knox, Hanie make most of final impressions | John "Moon" Mullin: Johnny Knox caught a beautiful touchdown pass from Caleb Hanie and Dane Sanzenbacher didn't disappoint in the Bears preseason finale. Kahlil Bell, Craig Steltz and Chris Conte left with injuries.

Hardly Taylor-made - ESPN Chicago Jon Greenberg: If his Bears career ended Thursday, Chester Taylor went out with a thud.

Taylor gets his opportunity - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: Chester Taylor will know if he's in the Bears' plans going forward by Saturday. Five Things We Learned: Bears-Browns Jeff Dickerson: Here are five things we learned following the Chicago Bears' 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Bears 24, Browns 14 | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail It was the battle of the backups Thursday night as the Chicago Bears took on the Cleveland Browns in the final preseason game for both teams.

Let's hear it for the 2011 preseason (or not) - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: The best thing we can say about Week 4 of the preseason is that it's over, at least here in the NFC North.

Briggs formally asks Chicago Bears to trade him - Agent Drew Rosenhaus has filed a formal request to seek a trade on behalf of Lance Briggs, the Bears linebacker told the Tribune.

The Death Of The Traditional NFL Playbook | We Got This Covered Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr.: The Bucs have abandoned the traditional thick paper playbooks, and have gone digital. Check out our interview with tech expert Dale Carr.

Face Melting Friday | Albatross: