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The Weekend Bears Den: August 31, 2013 - Roster cutdown news and notes

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Enigmatic J'Marcus Webb says goodbye - Michael C. Wright: People always made excuses for Webb due to his immense talent , yet, he lacked the motivation to consistently deliver the focus and intensity that teams depend on. That was the case in college, and it continued in the pros.

Still many questions, but plenty of reasons to be optimistic - Jon Greenberg: Given the change atop the franchise, it's unfair to judge the offense by the past. This isn't Smith putting a Band-Aid on a persistent wound. In hiring Trestman, Phil Emery changed the paradigm of the organization.

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Bears roster cuts

Bears cut 17 players, still have five to go - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday reduced their roster to 58 by releasing 17 players including J'Marcus Webb, Armando Allen, Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards.

Bears cut 17, including Palmer, Webb - Brad Biggs: Last year’s draft class took a hit but the Bears look poised to get a wealth of contributions from this season’s crop of rookies after the team took care of most of its cuts Friday.

J’Marcus Webb among 17 cut by Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Roberto Garza is the only O-lineman remaining from last season’s original 53-man roster. Phil Emery’s systematic overhaul of the O-line has made it that way. And the Bears are probably ­better off.

Roster news - Bob LeGere: Roster cuts claim Palmer, Webb, Allen; more on the cutdown. Ford in, Nelson & Onobun out.

Roster notes - Mark Potash: Joe Anderson not satisfied with merely making the 53; tough break for Hardin; classy exit by Palmer; all the cuts. Patrick Finley: Ford beats out Allen.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears make roster cuts and the J-Webb sideshow leaves town. The panel discuss. [KAPCON: 5]

Roster analysis - Jeff Joniak with thoughts on some of the players who survived the roster cutdown.

Living on the cutting edge isn't fun - Brendon Ayanbadejo takes us through what it's like getting cut.

Patrick Mannelly has seen ’em go - Patrick Finley: 720 Bears have been waived, released or terminated — from Al Afalava to Tom Zbikowski — during Patrick Mannelly’s 16-year Bears career. That’s enough to stock 13 NFL rosters.


Photos - Images from the Bears-Browns game through the lens of photographers.

NFCN Blog - Michael C. Wright: Three players from Chicago’s vaunted defense make top 30 of ESPN's #NFLRank project; Brandon Marshall comes in at #23 (which, MCW argues, is underrating him).

[Video] - ESPN Insider Louis Riddick previews the Bears' 2013 season. Can a balanced offense help the Bears take the NFCN?

Where does Cutler rank among NFL QBs? How many wins will Bears have in 2013? - Check the links you may have missed in yesterday's Den.

Ex-Bear news - Matt Blanchard underwent hand surgery Thursday with an estimated recovery time of four to six weeks; he isn't eligible to re-sign with the Bears until Week 10 of the regular-season.

Bears fans thrown for a loss by strict new bag policy - Meg Moore: Despite efforts to educate those heading to Soldier Field, purse-toting and backpack carrying fans found out the hard way about the new NFL policy restricting carry-in containers to a one-gallon plastic bag or clear team-branded bag. At the gate.

Jim McMahon: "I'm feeling a lot better" - Charlie Roumeliotis: Doctors able to drain cerebrospinalfluid buildup, alleviating the sharp pains in his head that were crippling him and leading to thoughts of suicide.

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Ditka, and some NFL-NFLPA concussion lawsuit settlement

NFL’s concussion money must get to needy players - Mike Ditka: The NFL had to do something. Over the years, they have ignored the situation too long.

NFL, Players reach proposed $765M settlement of concussion-related lawsuits - (AP) The NFL and more than 4,500 former players are to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research.

Concussion lawsuit settlement a win for the NFL - Peter King: The NFL's nuclear-winter scenario has vanished -- and, at $30 million per team (10 percent of the average franchise's 2013 revenue), in essence, the league won.

League gets off easy - David Haugh: But at least ailing players and their families will receive some aid.

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X&Os: Durkin’s Football 101 - Dan Durkin on zone and man blocking schemes, two different approaches to achieve a common goal of sealing off defenders to create running lanes.

Where have all the left-handed QBs gone? - Peter Schrager: Why have left-handed QBs gone the way of the dodo?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Matt Leinart struggles in Bills debut as Lions roll to 35-13 win. (Aaaand he got cut.) Kevin Seifert's game notes.

Know thy enemy: Lions - [Video] Lions need Reggie Bush to help cover up their weak defense. John Breech: Jim Schwartz to be coach of the year?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Bray leads Chiefs to 30-8 preseason win over Packers. Rob Demovsky's game notes. Around The League: 3 of 5 of the ATL crew pick the Packers to win the Super Bowl.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jake Locker starts as Titans fall to Vikings 23-24. Ben Goessling's game notes. John Breech: With Christian Ponder throwing him the ball, Greg Jennings to be biggest bust of 2013? #NFLRank: Adrian Peterson is No. 3.'s Best of the 2013 preseason cheerleaders - I may have spotted a potential future Mrs Spongie in pic 15/77 (Raiders cheerleader).....

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