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The Bears Den: November 12, 2013 - Week 11 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why Cutler played most of the second half Sunday after spraining his ankle, the Bears' chances of making the playoffs, and the last time two Bears receivers compiled over 100 yards in the same game.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten Seventy-eight [approx.] thoughts after the Bears' 21-19 loss Sunday to the Lions at Soldier Field.

They’re So Raven - Robert Klemko: Never mind that second loss to Detroit, the Bears are looking a lot like a team primed for a postseason run. Remember Baltimore last year?

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Cutler high ankle sprain

Cutler expected to be sidelined with ankle injury - Larry Mayer: It appears that Jay Cutler will be unable to play in Sunday's home game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a high ankle sprain.

Cutler has high ankle sprain, considered week to week - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler suffered a high left ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Lions and is on a week-to-week timetable for recovery, the team announced Monday.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen breaks down the impact of Jay Cutler's high ankle sprain injury on the Bears.

Trestman reflects on loss to Lions in radio interview - Larry Mayer: Marc Trestman discusses the offense's futility in Sunday's loss and whether he should have taken ailing QB Jay Cutler out of the game sooner.

Trestman: I stayed with Cutler too long - Jeff Dickerson: After watching film of the 21-19 loss to the Lions, Marc Trestman said Monday morning that he should've pulled his injured starting QB before the team's final offensive drive.

Trestman stands firm in decision to keep Cutler in game - Patrick Finley: Trestman said he watched for three things: Cutler's velocity, whether he was hitting his receivers in stride, and if he was able to move within the pocket to step into his throws.

Trestman erred in leaving Cutler in the game - James Neveau: Defense’s tremendous job was wasted by Trestman as he watched Cutler struggle on the field, and ultimately, this loss hangs on that decision.

Trestman’s refusal to admit Cutler mistake is stunning - Rick Morrissey: Even QB gurus have bad days. Recognizing it is the important thing.

Marc Trestman likely learned from loss - Michael C. Wright: A head coach's No. 1 responsibility is to put his team in the most advantageous position to win games. By sticking with Cutler for too long, Trestman didn't do that.

McCown set to start his second game of the season for Bears this Sunday - Adam Hoge: Cutler is week-to-week and his return "certainly won’t be this week" when the Bears host the Ravens at Soldier Field.

Cutler out with high-ankle sprain - Dan Wiederer: Swelling in Cutler's sprained ankle too severe to expect him to be ready to play against the Ravens. Trestman doesn't regret sticking with Cutler.

Good or bad, Cutler demands our attention - Someone shat in Mike Imrem's cereal, so in turn he takes a dump in yours.

Tillman placed on IR

Charles Tillman headed to IR with triceps injury - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman will be placed on injured reserve with the designation to return after suffering a triceps injury in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Tillman placed on IR with designation to return - Jeff Dickerson: Initial belief is that injury will not require surgery, but the CB is being evaluated and is scheduled to receive a second opinion.

Bears lose Tillman for rest of regular season - Adam L. Jahns: There are teammates to cheer on and young CBs to mentor during the final seven weeks. But what about next season?

Tillman’s Bears future in doubt - Adam Hoge: Charles Tillman suffered a triceps injury on Sunday. If Bears don’t make the playoffs, the 32-year-old may have played his last game for the team.

Tillman finished for regular season ... and maybe as a Bear - Dan Wiederer: If Bears don't make playoffs, is it possible Sunday marked Tillman's 154th and final game as a Bear?

Chicago Bears 19, Detroit Lions 21

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Trestman to blame for loss to the Lions? [KAPCON: 5]

Game review - Michael C. Wright with an examination of four hot issues from the Bears' 21-19 loss.

Game notes - Patrick Finley: Lions bullied Bears on both sides of the ball, averaging 5.6 yards per rush to the Bears’ 1.9.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: McCown gets the call Sunday; questionable personnel grouping; run game stutters; injury news.

X&Os - Greg A. Bedard takes a look at critical plays from week 10 in the NFL, including the Bears' second attempt at a 2-point conversion. Whole lotta failure goin' on there.

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Bears' running game goes nowhere vs. Lions, making two-point play call a curious one.

Game grades - Hub Arkush: This was a game the Bears win if the offense plays to its ability, and the loss will be remembered more for the coach’s ­decisions than the ­players’ play.

Game grades - PFF's three performances of note.

Moon Mullin's grades for coaching and by position group: QB - RB - WR/TE - OL - DL - LB - DB - STs.

[Video] - Highlights from the Bears 21-19 loss to the Lions at Soldier Field ... Earl Bennett mic'ed up ... action from the sideline.

Photos from From the sideline ... in the locker room ... photo journal.


Trust goes both ways for Trestman, McCown - Mark Potash: Confidence in McCown is at an at all-time high after his third consecutive standout performance in relief of Cutler.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Injuries mounting for the Bears. [KAPCON: 4]

[Audio] Jay Cutler Show - Brandon Marshall sits in for Jay Cutler and discusses his injured QB, losing to the Lions, and playing for coach Marc Trestman.

Marshall: Lions' play 'borderline illegal' - Michael C. Wright: Brandon Marshall admitted Detroit "got the best of us" by completing a two-game sweep of the Bears on Sunday, but also called the Lions borderline illegal.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Brandon Marshall bothered by way Lions defenders go after Bears QBs; Trestman stands by 2-pt conversion playcalling; Joe Anderson waived injured, receives settlement.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: The remaining Bears schedule has Green Bay as the only opponent with a mark better than .500 but the Bears’ next three opponents (Baltimore, St. Louis, Minnesota) all posted wins this weekend.

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns & Mark Potash: Should Cutler have been pulled earlier, and can the Bears still make the playoffs?

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin on whether Trestman made the right moves; Bears' playoff chances?

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson's readers' Q&A: Is Trestman an NFL qualified head coach?

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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

Fat Guy Touchdown - Because this is something that should be celebrated. Tampa Bay's Donald Penn scores the game's opening TD on MNF.

NFC North roundup returns tomorrow.

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