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The Bears Den: June 05, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

All-time great Deacon Jones.

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Bears expect to see Carimi next week - Brad Biggs: When training camp rolls around and the pads go on for live hitting, what happened in the spring isn’t going to matter. Jeff Dickerson: Team has kept in contact with Carimi and his trainers in Arizona.

Gabe Wiltfong Jr.: Is Carimi making a mistake missing OTAs?

Peter King's TMQB - Deacon Jones, dead at 74, would have dominated any era; mail. Fred Mitchell: Hampton, Dent pay tribute.

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Marshall says he's 100 percent after returning to practice - Larry Mayer: After being cleared by the Bears medical staff, Brandon Marshall practiced Tuesday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery in January. Michael C. Wright: Appeared to be back to form during workouts.

Warren Moon: Play Cutler, 'O' starters more in preseason - Moon Mullin: All of the offseason work comes with a CBA-mandated governor, limiting live action and offense-vs-defense work. For a team with a new coaching staff and potentially as many as six new starters on offense, this is a concern.

GM 'extremely' disappointed in Rodriguez - Jeff Dickerson: "Evan is a very likeable guy," Emery said at the conclusion of Tuesday's OTA workout. "We have talked. Disappointed. I would use the word extremely. And we'll leave it at that."

Off-field issues like Rodriguez’s put NFL teams in tough spot - Mike Imrem: You think the Bears should cut Evan Rodriguez for his off-field transgressions? Please, stop it. This is the NFL and that's not how it works in professional football.

Trestman must get creative juices flowing - Dan Pompei: Bears need workable plan ready if irresponsible Rodriguez proves ultimately unreliable; bringing in free agent FB Eddie Williams for a tryout Friday.

JaMarcus Russell to work out for Bears on Friday - Michael C. Wright: They like their current backups but by putting together up-to-date evaluations on several veteran players, the Bears will have gathered a short list they can call in the event of an injury. Dan Pompei: Bears also will work out Trent Edwards, Jordan Palmer.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: TE Gabe Miller was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. (Non-Tribune link.) More notes from OTAs.

JaMarcus Wiltfong Jr.: JaMarcus Russell to visit Bears and other news

The 10 best pass rushers of all time - Pete Prisco puts The Colonel with some pretty illustrious company.


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The declining significance of June 1 - Joel Corry: Once a date with special significance, June 1 has recently become just another day on the NFL calendar.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Vice chairman Bill Ford's refusal to discuss the futures of GM Martin Mayhew or coach Jim Schwartz "at this point" should be encouraging for fans after the inexplicably long tenure it gave to Matt Millen.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Judd Zulgad: The 12th-overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Christian Ponder is entering a season that could be considered make or break given the expectations put on young QBs these days.

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