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Welcome to your Weekend Den & a heaping helping of polish sausage links (plus some actual Bears news thrown in for spice).

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Brinson: James Harrison calls Roger Goodell a 'crook,' wants meeting with NFL televised - CBSSports.com - This might be the best idea Harrison's ever had: He wants to call the NFL's bluff in a big way.

McGuire: James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers to meet with NFL over Al-Jazeera report - The Comeback - After all the posturing by three of the players named in the Al-Jazeera PED report, they'll all meet with Roger Goodell before the end of the month.

Wesseling: What we learned, Christine Michael displays his talent - NFL.comChristine Michael continued his "awakening." The Steelers' backup quarterbacks continued to struggle. A punter suffered a weird injury. What else did we learn from Thursday's preseason action?

Rosenthal: Tony Romo can rewrite legacy with big Cowboys run - NFL.com - Is any player more overexposed and underrated than Tony Romo? Gregg Rosenthal says a narrative-busting Super Bowl run would lend a Hall of Fame sheen to the Cowboys QB's unfairly shaky rep. Ken's Note: The NFL website continues it's shameless fawning over Dallas.

LaCanfora: The Chargers, Joey Bosa are in a lose-lose situation, more NFL preseason observations - CBSSports.com - Neither side is going to gain much once this tussle over deferred payments and offset language is over

Brinson: Eagles offense disastrous, RG3 dazzles: 12 NFL preseason takeaways - CBSSports.com - Everything you need to know about Thursday's action from the NFL preseason

Florio: Hall of Fame Game settlement offer expires - ProFootballTalk - As expected, the NFL did not accept the offer to settle the Hall of Fame Game lawsuit for payment of $450 per customer. The offer, made Monday, expired at 12:01 p.m. ET on Friday.

Evans: WR/TE Primer '16, On point, Keenan Allen, others, could lead catch pack - Yahoo - Comprehensive Fantasy news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

WIENERWURST

Mathews: Positional grades for Lions vs. Bengals: While Stafford shines, the defense does not - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions lost their second preseason game, but let’s take a look at how the team performed at each position.

Hirchhorn's Packers preseason stock watch: Crockett tightens grip on No. 3 RB job, Spriggs struggles - Acme Packing Company - Former undrafted free agent John Crockett builds on last week's momentum with another solid performance.

Shook: Zimmer says he sat Teddy Bridgewater 'because I wanted to' - NFL.com - Mike Zimmer made an peculiar decision to leave Teddy Bridgewater on the bench Thursday. When asked his reasoning, he wasn't exactly revealing in his response.

Sarianides: Five Things the Detroit Lions Must Do Well in 2016 - NFL Spin Zone - The Detroit Lions must do these 5 things well if they want to turn things around and get back to the playoffs once again.

Moton: Green Bay Packers Under Pressure, More NFC North Notes - NFL Spin Zone - What's the latest news for NFC North teams heading into Week 2 of the preseason? Is the NFL office bullying the Green Bay Packers?

CHICAGO DEEP DISH & A PINT

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 53 man roster prediction Take 2 - Windy City Gridiron - With two preseason games in the books here’s my 2nd attempt predicting the Chicago Bears 53 man roster.

Jeremy Langford's performance not matching expectations - ESPN Video - Field Yates and Stephania Bell disagree with the prevailing opinion of Jeremy Langford.

Mayer: Porter produces key takeaway in loss - ChicagoBears - With the Patriots threatening to cut into the Bears' early lead Thursday night in New England, Tracy Porter thwarted New England’s drive by generating a key turnover.

Mayer: 4 positives in loss to Patriots - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies four positives to build on in Thursday night's preseason loss to the Patriots, including Jay Cutler's performance.

Perez: Jay Cutler says Bears’ offensive line is heading in right direction - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was pleased with the offensive line's performance in Week 2 of the preseason against the New England Patriots

Podcast: Three takeaways from Bears' loss to Patriots - Chicago Sun-Times - In the fourth episode of the "Halas Intrigue" podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley breaks down his three takeaways from the Bears loss.

Highlights: Bears-Patriots - View highlights from the game as the Bears take on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Kaberon: Langford, run game strong versus Patriots - ChicagoBears.comJeremy Langford showed on Thursday at New England why the Bears are optimistic of their chances to control games on the ground this season.

Potash: Martellus Bennett's silence says it all, why he's not a Bear - Chicago Sun-Times - The shame is that Bennett is so close to being an irreplaceable part of a team instead of a guy you can’t win with.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Patriots - CBS Chicago - Jay Cutler played with a lot of composure in Chicago's 23-22 loss at New England.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 23-22 exhibition loss to the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Bears came out and scored in their first two offensive possessions before losing to the Patriots 23-22 at Gillette Stadium.

Stoltz: Chicago Bears Preseason Week 2 Winners and Losers - Scout - Five up and five down from the Chicago Bears' Week 2 preseason loss to the New England Patriots, including an emerging second-year defensive lineman and a struggling veteran quarterback.

Householder: 2 Winners, 2 Losers for Bears-Patriots - Windy City Gridiron - If last night’s game had counted, it would have been a disappointment: Fast start, early scores, then stalling out and a come back by the team followed by a too-little-too-late surge by the Bears...

FANPOSTS

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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