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The Bears Den: August 24, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where the D aren't gonna shine any more, when they're without Url."

The conundrum with Urlacher and his curious knee injury… - "The Bears are pessimistic that Urlacher will be ready on opening day."

Despite upgraded passing attack, Bears still committed to run - Arriving at Halas Hall for a free-agent visit, Michael Bush was fascinated when Mike Tice informed him that he wanted two 1,000-yard RBs. Joniak, Thayer are excited by offense - Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer discuss why they're excited about the Bears offense, concern at the safety position and Friday night's game versus the Giants.

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Urlacher kneewatch 2012

[Audio] CJH: Dr. Chris Renna - Dr. Chris Renna joins Carmen, Jurko & Harry to discuss Brian Urlacher's knee procedure. Regenokine + surgery doesn't 'make sense'.

Why Does Urlacher Need to Talk About His Knee? - Maggie Hendricks: This is a grown man who is allowed some privacy on his medical procedures. It's his choice if he wants to talk about it or not.

Arkush: Bears just need to tell the truth - "The more mysterious you try and be, the more confusion and consternation you create. Now, you’ve got a story that won’t go away and you have coaches and I’m sure players being disturbed and being distracted by it.”

[Video] CTL panel talk Urlacher knee coverage - Was the procedure something the Bears didn't know of / didn't approve, and are they covering themselves against a potential injury suite? Is he right to be upset at reporters doing their job?

Knee injury could keep Bears LB from opener - Given range is a big part of Urlacher's game in the middle and the importance of the eight-time Pro Bowler's presence on the defense, the Bears would be wise not to rush him back.

Other Bears news

Kahlil Bell declines pay cut, will be cut loose by Bears - Brad Biggs: Armando Allen could be team's third running back.

Bears waive Kahlil Bell - RB is let go as Bears look for a cheaper alternative in Armando Allen or Lorenzo Booker to back up Forte and Bush.

Bears waive RB Bell - Moon Mullin: The Bears released backup running back Kahlil Bell Thursday afternoon as he was set to make more money than the Bears wanted to allot for a third-stringer.

Lovie interested in seeing more of Armando Allen in preseason - May have edge over Lorenzo Booker in ball security (4 fumbles in 63 touches with the Vikings).

Money questions could involve more vets in Bears’ offense - Moon Mullin: Bell may not be the only veteran the team could cut ties with.

Roster on defense has multiple factors to weigh - Moon Mullin: Team will have a lot to consider when deciding who will make the 25-man roster on defense.

Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery ready for impact - Melissa Isaacson: Has impressed with seven catches in his first two preseason games.

ProFootballFocus' First Impressions: Second-Rounders - What do they make of Alshon Jeffery so far?

[Video] Bowen's breakdown - Taking a look at Alson Jeffrey's development so far. It's hard to see what he's doing on the whiteboard but I'm fairly certain he draws up an eight-arrowed circle of Chaos at one point.

Bears face big test against Giants - Brad Biggs: "All eyes will be on protection for Jay Cutler." If he visited our in-game threads, he'd know some eyes would be on Jay Cutler's hair.

Previewing the Giants I: Bears need to establish “spread offense” - Moon Mullin believes the Bears offense needs to be established early and often.

Plan for Shea McClellin: Stick to pass-rushing - Rod Marinelli has no plans to use him in zone coverage.

Third exhibition is the one that counts... kind of - Matt Bowen: Bears will try to replicate a regular-season game as much as possible against the Giants.

The all-important third preseason game…sort of - Moon Mullin: The third preseason game is generally the best indicator of the regular season, as the starters see the most playing time. But that's not necessarily the case for the Bears.

[Video] Bears Preseason Report - Brian Billick and Taylor Jones take an early look at the 2012 Chicago Bears.

Everything else

What's missing in Pittsburgh? Wallace's speed - Matt Bowen breaks down a fast WR's impact in the vertical game.

Chris Berman makes insufferable play-by-play debut - I tuned in for a bit of the game once I remembered it was on, and wondered why I felt like punching a baby. Turns out it was Dilfer and Berman doing the commentary.

Know thy enemy - Green Bay Packers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 13. Cedric Benson looks good in return to Cincinnati.

Know thy enemy - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers beat Cincinnati Bengals. Starks, Harrell could be on chopping block.

Know thy enemy - [Video] Will the Lions handle the pressure from last year's 10-win season?

Know thy enemy - Lions believed Nick Fairley would break out as an elite player in 2012. Here's the best thing we can say about that hope: Midway through the preseason, he hasn't provided much to support it.

Originally recorded by Frankie Valli according to wiki. Not nearly enough falsetto.