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The Bears Den: August 17, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes

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"...where we look forward to seeing Orange Shy Guy high on painkillers."

Bears brimming with optimism about their talent level - Dan Pompei: "The Bears will be as good as their offensive line allows them to be." Which is a relief, because J-Webb tweeted a poem and tells us he is going to dominate.

Bears' veteran defense still has bite - The blue-collar and once-dominant defense is rising in graybeards, but Lovie says results matter more than age.

Be thankful for Cutler - "This year, the Bears are one of 14 teams that have a remote possibility of winning the Super Bowl. The other 18 teams are already out of contention because of who takes their snaps."

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Urlacher kneewatch 2012

Goal remains same for Brian Urlacher following scope - Brad Biggs: Bears middle linebacker targeting Week 1 return.

Urlacher steadfast in belief he will be ready for opener - Says he and the team are pointing for a Sept. 9 return to action after his arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday.

Urlacher knee procedure on Tuesday was not first - Moon Mullin: The procedure on Brian Urlacher's left knee was not his first since the end of last season.

Frustrated Urlacher remains optimistic he’ll play in opener - "A league source told the Sun-Times the CSN report isn’t accurate, and Urlacher said Thursday that the procedure Tuesday was a first."

Urlacher still targeting Sept. 9 return but after that… - Moon Mullin: If seven months were not enough to heal the problem, and then 16 days were not enough.....

[Video] Moon fields questions from a CSN panel - Discusses Urlacher's surgery and prospects for his season, what to expect from the offense on Saturday.

Urlacher still expects to start first game - Larry Mayer: Speaking to the media for the first time since his arthroscopic knee surgery, Brian Urlacher reiterated that he expects to return to start the regular season opener.

Post-op Urlacher focused playing in opener - Bears need their star LB to continue to shrug off age and injuries to be viable in the NFC North.

Urlacher eyeing season opener despite knee scope - Even two days after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, #54 refused to deviate from his previously stated goal of playing in the team's Sept. 9 season opener.

Urlacher, Jenny McCarthy end brief romance - Injured? Failed romance? I got your back, bro.

Other Bears news

Chris Williams to play with starting OL - Will rotate with Webb to face Brian Orakpo.

Bears still in quandary at left tackle - Brad Biggs: Decision might not be made until after the third exhibition next week against the Giants. Also, camp notes.

How Bears Will Score in '12 - Maggie Hendricks: In 2011, the Bears got into the end zone 52.63% of the time when inside the 20. How will they improve in 2012?

Weems preparing to make Bears debut - Larry Mayer: After missing part of training camp and the preseason opener with an ankle injury, WR Eric Weems is healthy and excited about playing in Saturday night’s game against the Redskins.

Robert Griffin III should be good test for Bears' D - Corey Wootton: "Coach (Lovie Smith) has been stressing angles, especially on a guy who can run a 4.3 or 4.4.” Preseason Week 2 subplots - "Chicago's defense will provide a great test for Robert Griffin III. This will also be the first chance we get to see the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall combination in Chicago."

Everything else

Football Outsiders: DVOA 7.0: Worst Teams Ever - The 2004 Bears were among the 5 worst passing offenses over the last 20 years.

Lovie Smith knows how to balance family, football - “You say, ‘What do you do in your spare time?’ I just want to be around my kids,’’ Smith said. ‘‘Just get a crumb here and there, see what’s happening with them.”

The MVP's of Training Camp - Jack Bechta: NFL trainers and team doctors run a M*A*S*H unit in August.

Former Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael said to run for mayor - Because it's never a bad idea to take advice from people in your restaurant-bar.

Know thy enemy - Graham Harrell and the Packers' No. 2 offense did little to inspire confidence in a 35-10 blowout loss to the Browns. Had a rough outing.

Do bears drink beer? - The answer appears to be "yes".

He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus Cesare Borgia.