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The Bears Den: August 08, 2013 - Training Camp news and notes

One day to go before our first taste of Bears action, even if it's only preseason.

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Kelvin Hayden out for season with torn hamstring - Larry Mayer: Nickel back Kelvin Hayden needs surgery to repair a torn hamstring and will miss the entire 2013 season; Isaiah Frey appears to be favorite to replace him. Brad Biggs: Bears want to see what they have in Frey. Moon Mullin: Credits Hayden for mentoring him.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Kelvin Hayden out for the year

Game preview - Chris Boden lists some reasons to watch Bears' entire preseason opener.

Steven Schweickert: Six-Pack Keys to the Preseason: Panthers / Pleased to Meet You: Panthers
Steve Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - Luke Kuechly vs Jay Cutler

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Morning Bears Bits - Adam Hoge: The Bears open up the preseason Friday night at Carolina and we have yet to get a good idea from the coaching staff who will play and who will sit. [Video] News from camp and what to expect in first preseason game.

Notes from camp - Brad Biggs: Josh McCown, other backups to play extensively in exhibition opener; injury update; more observations from Wednesday's session.

Bears Training Camp: August 07 Open Thread
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Training Camp: 8/7 Practice Recap

Observations from camp - Adam Hoge: Cutler will likely only be in for a few plays on Friday; team surprised By Hayden’s injury; injury update & more from practice.

Notes from camp - Jeff Dickerson: Starters to play limited snaps vs. Carolina; Britton could eventually unseat Webb at RT; notes from practice.

Practice notes - Bob LeGere: Josh McCown will have his own cheering section on Friday made up of local high school players he coached; injury update; coaches rehearsed coaching from sideline as they would in a game.

Dionne Miller's Bears Bourbonnais Blog - August 7: Injury news and player availability for Friday's preseason opener. Michael C. Wright: Bushrod improving, uncertain vs. Panthers.

[Video] Wednesday highlights and photogallery from; DailyHerald gallery.


Player profile - Adam Hoge: Eben Britton admits he didn't have expectations to make the Bears' 53-man roster when he signed with the team in April, but has done enough to prove his worth as the team’s swing tackle. Brad Biggs: Rediscovering passion for football.

Hardin looking for next big step on his comeback path - Moon Mullin: The start of the preseason with Friday’s game in Carolina against the Panthers means many different things to many different players, but more to Brandon Hardin.

Bears need McClellin to be good, not great - David Haugh: Bears need Shea McClellin to become a dependable NFL starter first before somebody compares him to J.J. Watt or anyone else.

Julius P. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 2013 Position Battles: Defensive End

Bears chairman pulling for Cutler - George McCaskey said he would be happy if Cutler, in the final year of his deal, follows the path of Joe Flacco, who cashed in on his contract year with a Super Bowl win. [Video] Damien Woody looks at the expectations for Cutler heading into a contract year.

Failure isn’t an option for Joe Anderson - Mark Potash: WR has gained the confidence of Marshall, who invited Anderson to train with him in Miami during the offseason, and the trust of Cutler, and has a chance to become a regular contributor in Trestman’s offense.

Ex-Bear profile - Izzy joins MMQB to share 10 nuggets about himself, doesn't think the Bears will be lacking in leadership despite changes in the locker room.

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NFL to examine quality of preseason games, lower ticket prices - Ian Rapoport: The NFL plans to closely examine the 2013 preseason to see if they can improve the product. What changes might be coming?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Wednesday’s camp was marred by a series of fights, with Mike McCarthy saying that Jermichael Finley punching another player's helmet was "not very smart."

Know thy enemy: Lions - Tom Pelissero: Reggie Bush excited to be part of weapon-laden attack: "They can't cover all of us."

Know thy enemies - Brian Hall: Greg Jennings, whose comments about his former team have already drawn unnecessary and unwanted attention, now says he was 'brainwashed' in Green Bay. (Bet Leslie Frazier's just loving that!)

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