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The Bears Den: August 31, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes


"...where it's final roster cutdown day, so stay tuned to WCG for updates as they happen."

Bears top Browns 28-20 - Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the first half in the exhibition finale.

What do we really know about the Bears? - Sean Jensen looks back over the preseason games.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Will McCown make the roster?

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Season Finale

Starters sit, Bears win final preseason game - Larry Mayer's summary. Game blog.

Bears beat Browns 28-20, finish preseason 3-1 - Fred Mitchell: Several rookies and other players on the roster bubble were impressive in the Bears' 28-20 victory over the Browns Thursday night.

[Video] Pompei, Biggs share postgame thoughts - Who showed up?

Thursday’s preseason result: Bears 28, Browns 20 - Sean Jensen: Bears' backups and soon-to-be-cut players are superior to those of the Browns.

Rapid Reaction: Bears 28, Browns 20 - Also, Michael C. Wright's quarterly breakdowns: Q1, Q2, Q3.

Exhibition finale not totally meaningless - Dan Pompei: Individual battles for final roster spots were an intriguing game within the game.

McCown shines in preseason finale - Larry Mayer: Had no idea whether he needed a good performance to earn a spot on the Bears' 53-man roster.

McCown throws for 2 TDs in Bears' 28-20 victory - Brad Biggs: With regulars and primary backups in wings, exhibition a battle for final roster spots.

Sanzenbacher makes strong bid for roster with diving, 30-yard TD reception - Linebacker Xavier Adibi and safety Jeremy Jones also have impressive efforts against Browns. Update - Adibi cut.

After turnover, Bears take a perfect shot - Matt Bowen on Sanzenbacher beating the Nickel back on a 30-yard TD pass from McCown.

Notebook: Sanzenbacher doesn’t take roster spot for granted - Will summon a demon and put out a hit or two if need be. Also, notes from the game.

Sanzenbacher hopes to avoid cuts - Will shed the blood of innocents instead.

Six Bears that got it done and three that didn’t - Wootton not on either list?

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Breaking down roster battles.

Allen produces on offense, special teams - Plus more of Larry Mayer's game notes.

McCown makes his case to stick as Bears’ No. 3 QB - Moon Mullin: Whether McCown convinced the organization to stay with a veteran at No. 3 or go young on the practice squad with the likes of Matt Blanchard remains to play out on Friday. Update - McCown cut.

Clutts making the most of a long look at FB - Moon Mullin: An intriguing look to the first half of the Bears-Browns game was the extensive use of Tyler Clutts at fullback, working as a lead blocker as he did with great success for Forte last season. Update - traded to Texans for CB Sherrick McManis.

Allen, Booker in the running til the end - Moon Mullin: Armando Allen and Lorenzo Booker split time against the Browns and gave coaches an interesting decision point: runner or receiver? Update - Runner. Allen cut.

Allen and Booker make it tough on Bears - Working for 3rd-team roles, each back put forth strong effort in last exhibition night before final cuts.

Allen, Booker run for their livelihoods - Jon Greenberg: Battle for the third RB spot was Thursday's most compelling storyline.

Allen, Booker force tough Bears' decision - Michael C. Wright: Two RBs unlikely to be sharing the same team, let alone the same locker, come final roster cuts.

Ozougwu coming hard off the edge… again - Moon Mullin: Cheta Ozougwu has been one of the Bears best pash-rushers throughout preseason. He shined once again on Thursday night with a sack.

Rookie S Jones impresses in last chance - Michael C. Wright: During the opening remarks of his postgame press conference, Lovie Smith singled out undrafted rookie Jeremy Jones for his play.

Safety noticed: Jones’ INT should net spot on Bears - Moon Mullin: A surprise sparkle for the Bears came from rookie safety Jeremy Jones, who may have flashed his way into a roster spot, certainly at least on the practice squad.

Nate Collins finishes with roster statement - Moon Mullin: Brian Price was taken to the locker room with a head injury in the third quarter.

Quigley makes his case in Cleveland - Jeff Dickerson: Ryan Quigley can punt in the NFL. That much is clear.

Say farewell to the preseason - Kevin Seifert's notes from all the NFCN teams' final games.

Exhibition photos: Bears 28, Browns 20 - Dave Toub looking decidedly unfriendly in the last one...

Other Bears news

Undrafted free agent 'vets' don't lose roster anxiety - Moon Mullin: The Bears began 2011 with five UDFAs on their roster, but in 2012, they may have at most two.

Thanks to modified rule, Hardin could play in '12 - Moon Mullin: A neck injury seemed to have ended Brandon Hardin's 2012 season, but he may have a chance to play this year thanks to a modified rule on IR players.

Urlacher's knee casts some uncertainty over Bears - The Bears came into training camp with few question marks. Now, there's a big one.

[Video] Bears' biggest concern - Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright discuss the Bears' biggest concern as they head into their regular season-opener against the Colts.

Offense will have to carry Bears in 2012 - If the Bears are going to fulfill huge expectations in 2012, they are likely to do so with a new formula: Riding the offense for a change.

Everything else

Amobi Okoye’s knee causing problems for Bucs - Hasn’t played since the opener thanks to a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery in June.

10 tips for hunting Bears this season - Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox: “Brian Urlacher loves country music. He’s too big to tell him he sings it off-pitch.” playoff parity: Who's in, who's out? -'s analysts (plus Adam Rank) share their thoughts.

2012 NFL All-Division Teams - Seems a bit premature to name 2012 all-division teams before a single snap of the regular season has been played, but Pete Prisco does it anyway.

There was only one way for Stone Roses week to end: with Madchester's finest moment.