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Howard returns to practice, as the Bears prepare for life without Alshon & Kyle

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Jordan Howard a full participant in Wednesday's practice
Jordan Howard a full participant in Wednesday's practice
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

PFF: Bears draft 3rd in mock, select Clemson QB Deshaun Watson - Pro Football Focus - There are questions about how well he handles pressure and just how special his skillset may be, but it's a thin quarterback class at the top with no surefire options, and Watson has shown the touch, downfield accuracy and good decision-making to be successful.

Fishbain: DBs not going to try to play mind games with Odell Beckham - Pro Football Weekly - Bears not the team that will try to get in Giants receiver's head

Mayer: Bears begin prepping for Giants - ChicagoBears.com - Three days after their disappointing 36-10 loss in Tampa, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's road game against the New York Giants.

Potash's Bears Twitter Q & A: John Fox, Jay Cutler ... and Theo Epstein - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Tuesday’s

Emma: Bears’ Jordan Howard Is Healthy, Fully Participated In Wednesday’s Work - CBS Chicago - Howard practiced in full three days after coach John Fox said the rookie running back was injured.

Fox on Floyd: He's going to be a very good young player - CSN Chicago - Bears head coach John Fox talks about the emergence of rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Finley: John Fox says Alshon Jeffery and vets warned '400 times' about PEDs - Chicago Sun-Times - Saying players are responsible for what goes in their body, Bears coach John Fox showed little sympathy for Alshon Jeffery’s PED claim.

Potash: With Jeffery out, Marquess Wilson eager for his big chance - Chicago Sun-Times - Alshon Jeffery’s suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances is an opportunity

Finley: Pernell McPhee ready for Eli, 'We're going to tear his ass up' - Chicago Sun-Times - A Bears defense that has jumped from 21st to ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass play in the last five games will be

Wiederer: Kyle Long moved to injured reserve as Bears' misfortune continues - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have made it official that guard Kyle Long, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, will be headed to the injured reserve with a season-ending ankle injury.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Drafting needs, Ryan Pace's evaluations and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly.

Mulligan: Horrible week for Bears, but there are glimmers of hope too - Chicago Tribune - Not all the news is bad for Bears general manager Ryan Pace. His two drafts are finally starting to pay some dividends, led by Leonard Floyd and Jordan Howard.

Rosenbloom: It's clear Adam Gase took Bears offense to Miami - Chicago Tribune - If you think Alshon Jeffery’s four-game suspension will hurt his free agency, then you haven’t been watching all the money the NFL has been forking over.

Simms' Hidden Truth: Chicago Bears' Leonard Floyd Is a More Athletic Aldon Smith - Bleacher Report - Chicago Bears news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Cockerham: Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears Can Help Each Other - FOX Sports - It looks like Tony Romo's days with the Dallas Cowboys are over as Dak Prescott has taken over. So for many reasons, trading him is the right thing to do and the Chicago Bears are a good fit. Chicago Bears HC John Fox is in Year 2 and Year 1 already wasn't pretty so time is not on his...

Fishbain: Who has the edge? Chicago Bears at New York Giants - Pro Football Weekly - Bears can gain an edge with their front seven, but that's about it

Mayer: Health enabling Floyd to blossom - ChicagoBears.com - Being healthy enough to practice at full speed in recent weeks has helped Bears rookie first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd blossom into a playmaker on game day.

Perez: Chicago Bears NFL draft needs starting to take shape - Bears Wire - A look at three NFL draft needs for the Chicago Bears

Finley's podcast: Examining Alshon Jeffery's career implications - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley looks at Alshon Jeffery's suspension for PED use:

Finley: Could Tony Romo solve the Bears' QB quandary? - Chicago Sun-Times - Tony Romo was somber and mature and eloquent.

Jahns: John Fox's late timeouts were a message, but do Bears get it? - Chicago Sun-Times - With five seconds remaining in the Bucs’ 36-10 rout of the Bears, Fox called a timeout.

Mullin: If there are frustrations with Jay Cutler inside Bears' locker room, they aren't the first - CSN Chicago - Amid recent reports of frustrations with Jay Cutler inside the Bears' locker room, it's important to note it's not a new subject.

Andracki: 4 reasons why Tony Romo and the Bears would make a good fit in 2017 - CSN Chicago - Tony Romo may be looking for work in 2017 and the Bears could be in the market for a quarterback. Could they form a perfect match?

Mullin: In a season of bleak, Leonard Floyd looking every bit a true No. 1 draft choice - CSN Chicago - Bears rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd has begun to emerge with 10 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his last three games.

Mayer: With Jeffery out, Wilson ready to roll - ChicagoBears.com - Though he only returned to practice nine days ago, Marquess Wilson says he's willing and able to accept any role he's asked to fill Sunday when the Bears visit the Giants.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wesseling: Brock Osweiler tops 2016's biggest free-agent flops - NFL.com - After switching teams, Coby Fleener, Brock Osweiler and Chris Ivory all entered 2016 with great expectations. Buyer's remorse, anyone? Chris Wesseling ranks free-agent disappointments.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Smith: Christine Michael heading to Green Bay - ProFootballTalk - A day after he was cut by the Seahawks, Christine Michael is heading to Green Bay. The Packers claimed Michael off waivers, NFL Network reports. Green Bay has a major need at running back, as the running game has suffered since Eddie Lacy went down with an injury.

Alper: Aaron Rodgers calls Mike McCarthy criticism "ridiculous" - ProFootballTalk - The Packers' 4-5 record this season and 9-12 record in their last 21 games has led to increasing criticism of the work being done by head coach Mike McCarthy, who took some time this week to remind the masses that he's a "highly successful NFL coach.

DeSilva: Randall Cobb says pointing fingers will only make the Packers worse - FOX Sports - Cobb weighs in on the Packers' struggles this season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2016: Week 10 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my breakdown of the 4 sacks allowed by the Chicago Bears this week.

Noble: 2017 Free Agent Quarterbacks, could the Bears target anyone on this list? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will likely move on from Jay Cutler after 2016, so let’s take a look at other QB’s around the league that are due to be free agents.

Zeglinski: John Fox is likely done in Chicago. Here are a few candidates for his replacement. - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears continue to flounder, there are a number of quality contenders who can step into a potential coaching void.

Mitchell's WCG Power Rankings, Week 11: Cowboy Up, Bear Down - Windy City Gridiron - Read em and weep (because, as Bears fans, we understand weeping really well by now)

Noble: 2017 Free Agent Quarterbacks, could the Bears target anyone on this list? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will likely move on from Jay Cutler after 2016, so let’s take a look at other QB’s around the league that are due to be free agents.

Sunderbruch: An Invitation to Bears Fans - Windy City Gridiron - What are you still watching this season? Why are you still watching? I might be alone, but I think there are another 420 minutes of worthwhile football.

Zeglinski: NFC North Review, Week 10: Cardiac Cats - Windy City Gridiron - The Lions just enjoyed one of their best bye weeks in franchise history, while the Packers and Vikings are in free fall.

FANPOSTS

onthemound10: *Ask a Giants Fan* - Windy City Gridiron - What's up what's up Windy City Faithful? I hail from the land of Big Blue View and I'm here to give you guys the inside scoop on everything related to my New York Giants in preparation for our...

NRDubya: 2017 Offseason Look Ahead - Windy City Gridiron - So here we go. This is my ideal and somewhat realistic 2017 offseason.

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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