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The Bears Den: October 22, 2013 - Week 8 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the likelihood of the Bears signing Urlacher, who would have played QB if Josh McCown had gotten injured Sunday, and if Brandon Meriweather will be disciplined for two illegal hits.

Two too much to handle? - Jon Greenberg: Extended loss of leaders Cutler, Briggs to injury puts Bears in tough spot.

Bears veterans showing their age at the worst time - Mark Potash: The nightmare scenario that has loomed over the proud Bears defense for years looks more real every day: The old guys are only getting older, while the young guys aren’t getting any better.

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Chicago 41, Washington 45

Trestman laments 'extremely disappointing loss' - Larry Mayer: Sunday’s 45-41 loss was painful for the Bears, and not only because Cutler and Briggs sustained significant injuries that will sideline them for several weeks.

Game review - Michael C. Wright with a review of four hot issues from the Bears' loss.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Deflated defense looking for answers; Conte takes loss hard; Special Teams creativity; more from the game.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Gould puts loss on his shoulders; good and bad for Alshon Jeffery; more from the game.

Game notes - Laurence Holmes' 24 Hours Later.

[Video] - Jim Miller: Cutler's value goes down in free agency with injury history; Bostic's debut.

Game grades - Hub Arkush: No defending Bears’ historically bad ‘D’.

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Bears have defensive problems across the board, but most glaring this week was safeties Major Wright, Chris Conte looking overwhelmed.

Game grades - PFF's Three Performances of Note. [Fortunately Brandon Meriweather is no longer our problem.]

Brandon Meriweather suspended 2 games by NFL - Joseph White: In announcing the suspension, the league cited Meriweather’s status as a repeat offender. [Video] CSNChicago - Why is Moronweather still in the league?

Photos from - On the sideline ... behind the scenes ... photo journal ... [Video] highlights.

[Video] - Offensive Lineman Matt Slauson was mic'd for the Bears 45-41 loss in Washington.

Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs injuries

Cutler out at least 4 weeks - Adam L. Jahns & Patrick Finley: Cutler will be out at least four weeks with a muscle tear in his groin, the team announced on Monday. Lance Briggs out 6 weeks.

Cutler, Briggs both sidelined with 'significant' injuries - Larry Mayer: Limping into their bye week with three losses in their last four games, the Bears will look to rebound without Cutler and Briggs for an extended period of time.

Bears face 'uphill battle' without Cutler, Briggs - Dan Wiederer: Josh McCown's play gives Chicago some hope, but loss of leaders for a month-plus hurts.

Bears gratified that Cutler’s injury won’t knock him out for season - Patrick Finley: While Cutler’s groin tear produced a “coulda-been-worse” mantra around Halas Hall, he is expected to miss at least four weeks and will be week-to-week afterward.

How will Bears cope without Cutler? - James Neveau: Jay Cutler will be sidelined at least four weeks with a torn groin, the team announced on Monday afternoon. How will the team cope with his absence?

[Video] ESPN - Tim Hasselbeck and Decaf Herm discuss the injuries to Reggie Wayne and Jay Cutler and how they will affect their respective teams.

Bears’ use of false positives is frightening - Rick Morrissey: Cutler has been injured in four of his five seasons here. It would be reasonable for the Bears to wait and see if he can stay healthy and thrive in Trestman’s offensive system.

Bears confident Josh McCown can do the job - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman might not be able to fix the Bears’ defensive woes, but he might be able to get McCown to succeed in his offense.

Trestman confident McCown can keep offense moving - Bob LeGere: Now the 34-year-old McCown will get all of the first-team snaps, and combined with his experience and athleticism, Trestman doesn't believe he'll have to change the offense much.

Bears' options at LB slim and ... - Bob LeGere: Considering how well Lance Briggs has played this season and how poorly almost everyone else on defense has performed, his loss might be more difficult to overcome than Jay Cutler's.

Loss of Briggs hurts more than Cutler - Michael C. Wright: Loss of defensive leader Lance Briggs gave the defense a near-insurmountable task: to somehow improve without him on the field.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel on the Bears' defense struggles. Will the Bears bring in a veteran LB? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] ESPN - Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter et al. break down all the injuries the Bears are facing.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Cutler injury prone? Adam L. Jahns says yes, but he's too young to remember Jim McMahon. [KAPCON: 5]

Optimism for Bears a tough sell - David Haugh: By the time both Bears stars play together again on a team that has lost three of its last four — optimists might circle Dec. 9 against the Cowboys — realistically the focus could have shifted from the 2013 NFC playoffs to the 2014 NFL draft.

[Video] - Hub Arkush talks Briggs' injury, offensive adjustments.


Phil Emery’s bye week press conference - Adam Hoge: Phil Emery isn't giving up on his team just yet.

[Video] View from the Moon - Can the Bears still salvage the season?

Roster news - Adam Hoge: Bears to stick with two QBs as Jordan Palmer signs as backup; more injury and roster notes.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Bears have faith in Tillman's professionalism; no chance of signing Urlacher; roster moves.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Devin Hester a Hall of Famer? [KAPCON: 4]

Emery cautious about trading for help - Adam L. Jahns: Time is dwindling if Emery wants to bolster his injury-riddled roster through a trade. The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday.

Phil Emery won't make panic moves - Dan Wiederer: Bears GM hasn't ruled out making a trade, but says he won't force one to address lack of depth.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: With 9 games to play, no time for Bears to feel down.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Can the Bears make the playoffs with McCown? [KAPCON: 5]

McCown, McNown, what's the difference? - There are some pretty damned stupid Bears fans on Twitter. [And that's why I don't do Twitter.]

Bears doing good things - Fred Mitchell: Martellus Bennett enjoys the freedom art allows him, exhibited some of his favorite paintings Monday during a fundraiser at City Winery on West Randolph.

[Video] - Martellus Bennett sits down with Jeff Joniak to discuss a his art and what brings him joy off the football field.

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Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

Polish sausage

Back on the menu tomorrow.

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Lester's guest video week: Here's a highlight reel of one of the kids I coached when he was an 8th grader, he was scary good. He's tearing it up now as a senior in High School, and for the record, I was the first coach that let him carry the ball!