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The Bears Den: August 07, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes


"...where Lolo Jones will have to keep me going, after the Italians were knocked out of the Women's Beach Volleyball."

Urlacher misses fifth straight practice - Michael C. Wright: "Wouldn't come as a surprise if the Bears decided to keep Urlacher out of the first two preseason contests, perhaps the entire exhibition season."

Davis excited about returning to Bears - Bears bring back a familiar face to help fill the void left by Devin Thomas' departure.

Webb set to remain starting left tackle - Larry Saeed al-Mayer: There is nothing to see here... there are no defensive players in the pocket...

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Urlacher concerns

Urlacher Misses Another Practice - Laurence Holmes: With Urlacher missing so much time, it lends credence to the idea that the MCL injury suffered against the Vikings was more serious than most believed.

Brad Biggs: Don’t Panic On Urlacher Yet - There's reason to be positive about Urlacher's injury. Also, much more Bears talk in audio clip.

[Video] Bears Camp Report: Urlacher Out Again - Rachel Nichols & Chicago's Michael C. Wright discuss the absence of Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler's options off the line.

Roach more than just a fill-in at middle linebacker - Moon Mullin: Bears have been grooming Nick Roach at middle linebacker the past two years.

Time to Get Used to Roach in the Middle? - Brian Urlacher missed his 5th straight practice Monday leading some to wonder if the 34-year-old linebacker's body is breaking down before his 13th season.

Bear Facts: LB Nick Roach - Tom Waddle: "Nick has been inconsistent. There have been flashes of excellent play, and moments when he gets overwhelmed at the point of attack ... must continue to improve if this defense is going to be a top 10 unit."

Webb confirmed as starting LT (aka. LT concerns)

Webb Listed As Starting LT In Bears’ First Depth Chart - Adam Hoge: Bears' first depth chart confirmed Monday that J'Marcus Webb is the starting left tackle.

Hoge’s Training Camp Notebook: OL Concerns Are Real - Tice relying on scheme rather than talent to keep Cutler upright; Peppers goes through Webb and Spencer; more camp notes.

Tice: ‘‘I thought one guy would separate himself and jump out there, but that didn’t really happen’‘ - Mark Potash: "It’s up to Webb, a seventh-round draft pick in 2010, to establish himself. And it seems like Tice’s patience is wearing thin as he runs out of ways to motivate the 6-7, 333-pound Webb."

Cutler likes the talent upgrade on offense, Tice underwhelmed by LTs - Brad Biggs: "Webb is far from overwhelming Tice with his play to this point. He'll need to step forward in the exhibition games. If he doesn't, then what? If the Bears thought Williams was a solution at left tackle, he would be there. It's Webb or bust, with the Bears hoping it's not Cutler being busted."

Sorting through the OL situation: Neither Webb nor Williams impressive - Moon Mullin: "Webb will have some reps against the likes of elite rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller when the Denver Broncos open the preseason at Soldier Field on Thursday." Cutler: Can we put Jason Campbell Josh McCown in for those?

Bears going with Webb, Carimi at OT - Tice: "We hope that a guy in his third year, Webb, will step up and mature as a football player and as a person...will get better, (and) show us this means something to him." ECD: "I know a ringing endorsement when I see one!"

Davis returns to join WR battle

Davis returns to Bears, joins WR competition - Moon Mullin: After a year in Detroit Rashied Davis has returned to the Windy City on a one-year deal. Won't dress for the preseason opener.

Davis Brings Familiar Special Teams Boost To Bears - Adam Hoge: Key special teams performer the favorite to make the team as the team's sixth WR.

WR Davis catches on with Bears again - Bears offered Davis everything he desired, which wasn’t much.

[Video] Lance Briggs "interviews" Rashied Davis - #55 funnin' around with #81.

Sanzenbacher has strong backer in Cutler - If Cutler was a Buddhist, you could say Dane has a strong zen backer. Alas, he's not. On the other hand, that means he has a sans zen backer. I win.

Camp notes

Bears release first depth chart of the summer - Moon Mullin takes a look at the Bears' first "official depth chart" in advance of their pre-season opener Thursday at Soldier Field against the Broncos.

Campbell has something to prove in preseason opener - Will see significant playing time on Thursday as he looks to show that he's healthy.

Jason Campbell gives Bears a huge upgrade at backup QB - Including his college career at Auburn, Campbell has played for 11 coordinators in the last 11 years. Mike Tice is his 12th.

Bears offense has 'one of those days' - Moon Mullin: It was a day to forget for the Bears offense in training camp. D.J. Moore, Lance Briggs and Nick Roach all picked off Jay Cutler and returned each for a touchdown.

[Video] Biggs, Bowen with latest from Bears camp - Thursday night's preseason game will be valuable for evaluating personnel against "real" opposition.

Moon Mullin's Mailbag: Evaluating the 2011 defense - Fields Qs about this year's defense and how the Bears offense will adjust when teams take Brandon Marshall out of the equation.

[Video] CTL panel: Expectations for Bears in 2012 - Developing depth on defense behind aging stars crucial to team's success.

[Video] Bowen takes Q&A from the CTL panel - A thorough report from training camp, including another reference to Wootton playing well.

Camp notes - Mark Potash: Davis' return, Lovie downplays Urlacher's absence for personal matter, Defense making plays.

SBN Chicago goes to Camp - It's like Ernest, but with Ricky instead of Ernest.

Camp Chatter: Cutler backs Sanzenbacher, injury update - Will the Bears continue to let their QB have his toys? Also, Paea impressing with speed and power.

Camp notes - Bears not worried about Urlacher's absence; Matt Blanchard learning from veteran QBs.

[Video] Cutler, Marshall have chemistry again - ESPN's Rachel Nichols is joined by WR Brandon Marshall to talk about reuniting with QB Jay Cutler, who now prefers Tecmo Bowl to boardgames.

[Video] Cutler: 'You Can Tell The Difference In Talent' - Discusses the team's offensive weapons and his relationship with receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall entranced by Lovie Smith's Bears - Tillman explains it best: "We police ourselves. Coach Smith's very open about how he treats us as men. ... He gives us that respect, and we respect him that much more because of it, so you really try not to disappoint him or do anything to embarrass him, yourself, your family or the organization.".

Bear Facts: K Robbie Gould - Dionne Miller: "A tough physical veteran on the line. He's big and can assist in the pass rush. All reasons to like him at the nose position again this season." I know the Bears have been looking to improve their pass rush and value versatility, but that's unexpected.

Everything else

What are the toughest run schemes to defend? - Matt Bowen: Breaking down my top three in the NFL.

Hanie battling for Broncos' backup role - Hanie, dat Orkman. Now all they need to do is sign Nathan Enderle.

Broncos expect big things from Cutler-Marshall reunion - And once again, we'd like to thank Josh McDaniels for all he's done for our Bears. Probably feeling less grateful for his wasting top draft picks (aside from their QB of the future, Tim Te... oh. Never mind.)

Martz joins Fox Sports as game analyst - Can now ignore all teams' tight ends, not just those on his own.

Know thy enemy - Camp Confidential: Vikings. With an influx of youth, rebuilding process is going to get uglier before it gets better.

Know thy enemy - Like another first-round pass rusher in the NFC North, Nick Perry has found his first training camp to be quite a transition.

I'll be watching the hurdles live - This one's for Just Dave.

One of the few tracks I liked from the difficult "Boys For Pele" third album.