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The Bears Den: August 11, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp & preseason news and notes

The Bears released local product and former member of the Fighting Illini Graham Pocic (#76) to clear a spot for Rob Turner. Someone check on Schweickert.

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Bennett reinstated after suspension - Larry Mayer: Martellus Bennett was reinstated by the Bears Sunday, five days after being fined and suspended by the team following an altercation in practice.

O-line struggling to stay healthy - Moon Mullin: Unit continues getting nicked up, to the point where the Bears have signed a pair of veteran linemen in the past week to staff the position group.

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Bearsss, Sunday practice

Bears reinstate Martellus Bennett - Michael C. Wright: TE rejoined teammates Sunday at ONU, six days after the club levied an unspecified fine and indefinite suspension.

Bears lift suspension; Bennett returns to practice - Bob LeGere: The Bears clearly needed to hear from Bennett that his pattern of violent outbursts against teammates on the practice field would cease, and that he accepted blame.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright on whether the suspension of Martellus Bennett was too harsh, and how Bennett's relationship with Kyle Fuller has been affected.

Bears' point production illusory as O-line struggles - The SportsXchange: The Bears possess better depth throughout the roster than they did last year, but the numbers are starting to be thinned. Jeff DickersonBears expected to sign C/G Rob Turner ... de la Puente suffers MCL sprain.

Conte, Steltz return to practice field - Larry Mayer: The Bears secondary got more crowded Sunday as veteran safeties Chris Conte and Craig Steltz both practiced for the first time this year after recovering from offseason surgeries.

Conte keeping a list of naysayers - Michael C. Wright: Chris Conte seemed to bear the brunt of the blame for the demise in 2013 of Chicago’s defense, and has a list of people he wants to prove wrong. Not-Hub Fishbain: Good sign Conte got a 2nd team rep in right off the bat.

Team notes - Michael C. Wright's notes from Bourbonnais: Sherrick McManis executes Peanut Punch.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Four players return to action, but Chris Williams was sidelined with the hamstring injury from Friday's game; more observations from practice.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer, Rich Campbell: Eric Weems takes early edge on returner contest, with Chris Williams out; injury news.

[Video] highlights and photos of Sunday's practice, from

Game review - James Neveau: Pass rush and backup TEs make major contribution as Cutler was calm and collected in converting third downs and keeping the offense on track. Game grades.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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X&Os - Matt Bowen's NFL 101: Breaking down the basics of 2-Man coverage.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Lindsay H. Jones: Bridgewater, Cassel keep Vikings’ QB mystery alive. Vikings 10, Raiders 6 ... [Video] highlights from

Know thy enemy: Packers 16, Titans 20 - Teresa M. Walker: With QBs having trouble holding onto the ball, Mike McCarthy had to feel good about his pregame decision to hold out Aaron Rodgers. [Video] highlights from

Know thy enemy: Lions 13, Manziel Browns 12 - Noah Trister: Manziel Johnny Manziel Johnny Football Manziel Manziel Manziel. [Video] highlights from


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