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The Bears Den: August 16, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes

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"...where it's the final day of training camp!"

Possible fallout from Urlacher injury and surgery - Moon Mullin: What could it mean for the Bears if he's not ready to return to the field on time?

Cutler's success depends on OL stepping up - The Bears know they are going to go as far as the right arm of Jay Cutler takes them. The men assigned to protect him are an entirely different story:

Peter King's TMQB - NFL Training Camp 2012: Jay Cutler will be tasked with overcoming a porous OL. TMQB mailbag.

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Urlacher kneewatch 2012

Brian Urlacher not the only one under a microscope - Bears LB Brian Urlacher is trying to rush back from injury in time for the season opener. He is not alone.

[Video] Brad Biggs on Urlacher's surgery - No fears that Bears will be without him for major parts of the season; expect Roach to do much better at MLB than in 2009.

Urlacher’s surgery ‘Isn’t a big deal’ - Brad Biggs joins Mully & Hanley to discuss #54's surgery. Includes 13 minutes of audio on more things Bears.

Roach gets a second chance with Bears - Moon Mullin: Even if it's only for a handful of games, Nick Roach has an opportunity to boost his value as he enters his final season before free agency with Urlacher out.

[Video] CTL panel talk Urlacher surgery - Short turnaround in week 2 a worry; could be a problem all season long.

Should Urlacher Play Against The Colts? - Laurence Holmes: It's possible that Urlacher will be ready to go in 25 days. He's a tough guy, fast healer and committed to the rehab process, but it might be better to hold him back.

Urlacher's Surgery not yet end of the world - Maggie Hendricks talks you off the ledge. Kudos where it's due, she talks sense.

Camp notes

Joniak, Thayer big fans of McClellin - Bears radio announcers Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer share their thoughts on rookie Shea McClellin, the OL, Jeffrey, and Steltz challenging for a starting role.

Williams is battling Webb at left tackle - Larry Mayer: Chris Williams and J'Marcus Webb both could get first-team reps Saturday night against the Redskins as they vie for the Bears' starting left tackle position.

How do you describe Bears' offense? - The Bears’ offense is likely to evolve as the year progresses. That’s part of the reason Jay Cutler won’t put too much stock in how the offense performs Saturday against the Redskins whether it’s positive or negative.

Shanahan: Reuniting Cutler, Marshall, Bates was good move - QBs tend to do better with Shanahan than without, including Cutler, John Elway, Steve Young, Brian Griese and Rex Grossman.

Bears now can reach for the sky - With tall receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler has some potent red-zone weapons. Somewhere, Mike Martz mutters.

So far, Brandon Marshall earning raves as a leader - Brandon Marshall 1, Chad Ochocinco Johnson 0.

Bears backups will sort themselves out on DL - Brad Biggs: There will be plenty of competition in the final exhibitions to see who will stick around for season opener.

Fleet LB Geno Hayes is a downhill racer - The irony wasn’t lost on Geno Hayes. A year ago, the Bears were the root of his demise with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now they’re a golden opportunity to revive his NFL career.

Bowen's NFL preseason weekend: What to watch for - RGIII vs. Bears' Cover 2, Packers' rookies, Webb/CWilliams vs Brian Orakpo.

ProFootballFocus: Second Season Watchlist - PFF's list Paea among a handful of second-year players "who for one reason or another didn’t get the opportunity to show their full potential last season." No Gabe Carimi?

Lou Canellis' Bears Bourbonnais Diary - August 13 - When I heard Brian Urlacher speak to the media hoard Sunday, I asked if he and I could sit down Monday to discuss his knee injury further. He agreed. August 14.

Bear Facts: C Chris Spencer - Dionne Miller: "Played the role of replacing Olin Kreutz fairly well last season. A second year in the system will further solidify him at Right Guard." Except he's not at RG, and didn't directly replace Olin.

Bear Facts: S Chris Conte - Lou Canellis: "If Conte can stay healthy, Lovie may have himself his own 'Gary Fencik' managing the secondary." it 'cos he is white?

Bear Facts: DL Henry Melton - Tom Waddle: "He will get overpowered at times and needs to be very disciplined with his responsibilities."

Questions loom for Bears backup QB Blanchard - "A lot of times PS spots are reserved for players who are needed for practice – extra linemen or guys to fill spots at positions that might be hit by injuries. There will be almost no work on the field for a fourth QB once the season begins."

It’s room and never bored at Bears camp - Sean Jensen on what Bears bring to keep themselves entertained at camp. Offensive Power Rankings: Patriots, Packers soar - For what it's worth, our Bears are in the middle of the pack: "Chicago's Jay Cutler is the best quarterback in this (this category this) year, but the Bears probably have the worst offensive line."

Everything else

Marshall snubbed from Madden 13 Top 10 receiver list - Five years of 1,000 receiving yards isn't enough?

Could McClellin be part of elite pass-rush class? - "After seeing how each rookie DE performed in their NFL debut, it looks like Shea McClellin and his rookie class could be amongst the top pass-rushing draft classes of all time." Seems a bit early to crown 'em...

Redskins' Grossman has become veteran mentor - The Rex Grossman who comes to Soldier Field Saturday will be a very different Rex Grossman from the one who played his last game as a Bear four years ago.

Ex-Bear Meriweather raises game for Washington - Looks like a lock to start at strong safety for the Redskins.

Know thy enemy - Cedric Benson claims he turned down offers from two teams before signing with the Packers. But the contract he signed doesn’t exactly scream leverage.

Know thy enemy - The Packers finished dead last in total defense in 2011 and just lost a pivotal piece. Can Dom Capers get them back on track?

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus 2012 preview: Minnesota Vikings. Reasons for confidence hope, reasons for concern.

Know thy enemy - Vikings: Reason for optimism, concern as camp ends. Also, oddest things fans have asked players for.

Know thy enemy - Vikings QB Christian Ponder is talking playoffs for the team and enormous statistical improvement for himself in 2012. Plans on getting really good at Madden '13.

Know thy enemy - NFCNBlog: Lions' Jahvid Best return: Is it 'when' or 'if?' Likely to start season on PUP list.

Jay Cutler Stars in NFL Commercial - OK, this is quite amusing. Also: good hair.