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The Bears Den: February 24, 2012


"...where there are no surprises except when there are."

Smith's expectations are high for offense Mayer: Bears fans aren't the only ones who don't want to hear about their team's offense possibly getting off to a slow start under new coordinator Mike Tice.

Smith finally making big receiver a priority Haugh: The big news for Bears fans at the NFL scouting combine came when coach Lovie Smith started extolling the virtues of big wide receivers.

Win-or-else nothing new to Bears coach Smith Biggs: Smith is excited to work with his new boss, new offensive coordinator, and make up for a disappointing end of season.

Follow WCG on Twitter: Twitter us your vitals. No, not you, sir.

Bears get good news on injury report Potash: Lovie Smith is expecting Gabe Carimi, Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher to be fully recovered from injuries sustained last season. Smith says Johnny Knox making good progress.

Smith voices displeasure over LB Thomas' arrest McClure: Lovie Smith voiced his displeasure with linebacker J.T. Thomas, who was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Morgantown, W.V.

No surprise if Bears go DE with pick The Bears have a shortage at the wide receiver position, but John Mullin and contributor Matt Bowen say they wouldn't be surprised if the team went with a defensive end with their first pick. View from the Moon: Combine recap, Day 1

WalterFootball - Offensive Linemen Walter Cherepinsky has all the vitals from the Combine.

Smith endorses Conte-Wright DB tandem Emcee Wright: Lovie Smith believes the Bears may have solved their safety problem.

Webb remains part of the Bears' future J'Marcus Webb has the support of his coach. Davis can be featured TE

Pompei: Uncertainty At Almost Every Position For Bears WSCR: If Phil Emery isn't ready for a wild few months, he better prepare himself quickly.

Does defense still win championships? Lovie thinks so. Bowen: Would anyone be surprised if the Bears went defense at No.19?

Family of former Bear Dave Duerson sues over his suicide Former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson's family today sued the NFL over his suicide last year, claiming the league for decades had known that concussions from playing football cause brain damage but deliberately concealed that information from players, coaches and fans.

In His Sights: EyeBlack Signs Bears LB Brian Urlacher To Multiyear Deal EyeBlack, maker of the glare-reducing patches for athletes, has signed Bears LB Brian Urlacher to a multiyear deal to become the face of EyeBlack’s Original black product line.

Don Banks: Snap Judgments Musings, observations and the occasional insight from day one of the NFL's underwear Olympics at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Face-Melting Friday: Steve Gaines