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The Bears Den: August 06, 2014 - Chicago Bears training camp news and notes

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The New Monsters of the Midway - Robert Mays: For nearly a century, the Bears have been known for anything but their offense. Then along came coach Marc Trestman. Now, the Windy City may have the scariest weapons in the NFL.

Roster news - Adam Hoge: The Bears have signed former Eastern Washington WR Greg Herd, waiving rookie LB Conor O’Neill.

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Martellus Bennett fined & suspended

Bears fine, suspend Bennett - Larry Mayer: Phil Emery announced Tuesday that the Bears have fined and suspended Martellus Bennett an undetermined length of time for conduct detrimental to the team. [Video] Emery speaks to media ... [Video] Trestman on suspension.

Bears want to see more control from Bennett - Bob LeGere: Martellus Bennett is a difference-maker, but the Bears don't want to see a repeat of his rash actions.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the fight Martellus Bennett got into at practice that got him suspended.

Bennett's indefinite suspension puzzling - Hub Arkush: Process only becomes indefinite if the lines of communication are broken; it seems management expressed its displeasure with Bennett and he failed to understand or accept the reprimand,

Sun-Times writers react to Bennett’s suspension - Adam L. Jahns: Bennett’s tussles and routinely slow walks back to huddles make him a walking distraction. Mark Potash: Not the least bit of evidence that Bennett gets team's message.

Bennett's suspension leaves broader questions - Moon Mullin: Indefinite length of the suspension suggests TE will not be welcomed back until some behavior and attitude changes are made.

Swift intervention best for Bennett and Bears - David Haugh: Bennett can view this forced vacation as an opportunity to redefine himself as a professional, before episodes such as these become the rule rather than the exception.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin and Chris Boden break down Bennett suspension.

[Video] - What to make of Bennett suspension?  Jason Cole's take.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bennett suspended indefinitely. [KAPCON: 4]

Bears training camp, Tuesday practice

Team notes - Jeff Dickerson: Bears experimenting with receiver combinations; injury news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears to hold open auditions for receiver; Jimmy Clausen making up ground; Jared Allen missing practices for birth of second daughter.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Mulligan and Rosario filling in as first team TE; more observations from Tuesday's practice.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Weems's experience in offense gives him leg up in battle for No.3 WR; Kyle Long shaking the rust off; injury news.

Team notes - Chris Emma: Miller, Rosario rotating in at first team TE; Kromer looks to evaluate offensive depth on Friday; Bears battling injury woes.

Team notes - Rich Campbell, Dan Wiederer run down Tuesday's camp: Jordan Palmer must perform better during exhibition games if he is to survive the challenge Jimmy Clausen has presented.

Briggs knee bump opens critical window for McClellin - Moon Mullin: Situation from now through the Philadelphia game becomes a crucial opportunity to assess Shea McClellin in a role that projects prominently in his immediate future.

Battle for third receiver job wide open - Larry Mayer: With Marquess Wilson sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his fractured clavicle, the Bears are keeping all of their options open in the hunt for a new No. 3 receiver.

Bears begin search for Wilson's replacement - Not-Hub Fishbain: The Bears' search for a No. 3 receiver is in full force, and almost every receiver on the roster took at least one rep with the first team during Tuesday's practice.

Rosario backs Bennett, ready for extra reps - Not-Hub Arkush: Bennett's third separate practice scuffle this year shines a greater spotlight on the players waiting in the wings.

Pocic willing to learn the ropes from teammates - Andres Martinez: Taylor Boggs and Matt Slauson have been helping recently acquired Graham Pocic with his footwork and other intricacies of the offense.

[Video] highlights and photos from Monday's training camp, courtesy of


Gould no fan of longer extra-point tries - Dan Wiederer: With little threat of a fake, Robbie Gould believes defenses will be on the attack to go after blocked kicks. [Last I checked, blocking kicks was part of the game. - Den]

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As: What chance Earl Bennett returning, and have the Bears found a decent long snapper yet?

Team Report - SportsXchange: Backup RB has shaped up as a three-way fight between Ka'Deem Carey, fourth-year veteran Shaun Draughn and second-year player Michael Ford.

Irvin: Bears offense can form their own 'Fab Five' - Moon Mullin: Michael Irvin was part of Dallas' Triplets, and thinks Martellus Bennett could join Cutler, Marshall, Forte and Jeffrey in a Bears' Fabulous Five.

NFL's All-Underrated team - Doug Farrar's All-Underrated Offensive and Defensive units each have one representative from the Beloved.

NFL history - John Parolin: MNF moments, No. 34: William 'The Fridge' Perry scores in a 23-7 win over the Packers.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Harsh reality of camp injuries - Matt Bowen on the impact of training camp injuries, with a focus on the evaluation process, position battles and the guys just trying to make it through the first cuts in August.

The NFL is experiencing a rapid tactical evolution - Mike Tanier: Welcome to one of the most rapid periods of tactical evolution in NFL history! This is not your father's football league anymore, and it might not be your big brother's, either.

Is Alex Smith as valuable as Jay Cutler? - Jeff Fedotin: It’s easy to sacrifice much of your salary cap for Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning, but do you sign a deal that restricts the rest of your roster when your QB is upper tier, better than the available options — but not elite?

Know thy enemy: Lions - SportsXchange: Larry Warford had a phenomenal rookie season, and Caldwell doesn't expect a sophomore slump from the 2013 third-round pick. Larry Lage: Lions appear thin on talent at corner.

Know thy enemy: Packers - SportsXchange: Loss of Colt Lyerla to knee injury comes after rookie Jared Abbrederis suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Rob Demovsky: Don Barclay's injury hurts O-line.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - SportsXchange: Chris Crocker, who played the last seven seasons with Mike Zimmer, was signed on Monday because Zimmer isn't happy with the seven safeties not named Harrison Smith.


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