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The Bear's Den: December 20, 2016

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Jerrell Freeman rejoins a Bears team desperately in need of a stopper in the middle...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Hub Arkush: Green Bay Packers' win over Chicago Bears continues trend - Pro Football WeeklyPackers were built to win through draft; Bears trying to get there

Perez: Possible Bears draft target, QB Mitch Trubisky, receives 1st-round grade from NFL advisory board - Bears Wire - UNC QB Mitch Trubisky received a first-round grade from the NFL's advisory board

Finley's podcast: Evaluating Matt Barkley, 2 rookies after Packers game - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley examines what the Bears learned about Matt Barkley, Cre'Von LeBlanc and Jordan Howard in the Packers loss:

Jahns: Nearly everyone missed tackles for the Bears vs. Pack - Chicago Sun-Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 30-27 loss to the Packers in Week 15.

Emma: Bears No Closer To Solutions In The Secondary - CBS Chicago - Upgrading the secondary must be a primary concern for the Bears.

Mullin: Bears send Eddie Royal to injured reserve with toe injury - CSN Chicago - The Bears placed Eddie Royal on injured reserve, perhaps bringing an end to the veteran wideout's time with the team.

Video: Fox on Royal being placed on injured reserve - CSN Chicago - Bears head coach John Fox discusses Eddie Royal's season-ending toe injury.

Eurich: Jordan Howard 1st Bears rookie over 1,000 yards since Matt Forte - 247sports.com - Jordan Howard is now among Chicago's best all-time rookies at the running back position.

Weiderer: With move to injured reserve, is Eddie Royal's time with Bears over? - ChicagoTribune.com - Receiver Eddie Royal’s season is now over and his future in Chicago is iffy. The toe injury that began to derail Royal in mid-October hasn’t gone away. The veteran Bears receiver missed his third consecutive game Sunday and is now headed for injured reserve, according to coach John Fox.

Rosenthal: One Pro Bowl-worthy player on each NFC team - NFL.com - Bears? Josh Sitton: This is a choice by default, even though Sitton is a fine starter. No Bears were selected for the initial Pro Bowl roster last season, and that will probably be the case again.

Fishbain: Putting down the phone, Chicago Bears discuss time away from their mobile devices - Pro Football Weekly - Bears players spend hours away from their phones on Sundays, return to plenty of notifications

Perez: Should Bears trade for QB Blake Bortles this offseason? - Bears Wire - A look at whether the Bears should trade for Jaguars QB Blake Bortles in the offseason

Finley: Can Bears QB Matt Barkley be John Fox's next Jake Delhomme? - Chicago Sun-Times - Yes, John Fox is surprised Matt Barkley has played so well. In his own defense, he said, so are most people.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Packers - CBS Chicago - Running the football ball apparently is just not in the DNA of Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.

Mullin: Bears last-second loss to Packers another character statement for the future more than the present - CSN Chicago - The Bears' final-second field goal loss to the Packers on Sunday was just another character statement for the future more than the present.

Biggs: Ten thoughts on the Bears' 30-27 loss to the Packers - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell to the Green Bay Packers 30-27 on Sunday at Soldier Field, evening the all-time series between the rivals at 94-94-6.

Perez: Mystery Solved, Coach Fox says 3-11 Bears have ‘a lot of work to do’ - Bears Wire - Bears coach John Fox provided obvious answers at his Monday press conference following the team's disappointing loss to Green Bay in Week 15.

Mullin: Offense rebound from turnovers but not far enough in loss to Packers - CSN Chicago - Matt Barkley rebounded after committing four turnovers in the first half to help the Bears negate a 17-point Packers lead. But it wasn't enough.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Sessler: Jags GM says next coach won't have to play Blake Bortles - NFL.com - Whoever becomes the next coach of the Jaguars won't be tied at the hip to Blake Bortles. Jags GM Dave Caldwell made it clear Monday he is open to a fresh opinion on the struggling passer.

Alper: Salvation Army says Ezekiel Elliott’s leap led to increased donations - ProFootballTalk - Shortly after Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a touchdown by hopping into an oversized Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone in Dallas on Sunday night, the organization tweeted out a picture of Elliott to ask for donations. It appears to have found an audience. Lt. Col.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Lions at Giants, 2 winners, 4 losers from Sunday’s 17-6 loss - Pride Of Detroit - Here are four losers and two winners from Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

Silver: Denver Broncos' frustrations boil over after loss to Patriots - NFL.com - The Broncos' title defense is on life support after Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Michael Silver explores if there's a rift in Denver after another anemic showing on offense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears place Eddie Royal on injured reserve, Jerrell Freeman returns - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have placed an 18th player on injured reserve, but they get another player back from suspension.

Wiltfong: Snap counts, stats and more, Chicago Bears were gashed on the ground - Windy City Gridiron - We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their 30-27 last second loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Schweickert: Bears vs Packers Notes, Scribbles, and Things Jotted Down - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears overcame a 17-point deficit to tie the game, but the Packers sealed it in regulation thanks to the continued lack of safeties. We're going over our notes from yesterday's loss.

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