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The Bear's Den: August 24, 2016

John Fox is a master of messing with media members heads when it comes to the reporting of injuries, and this week's press conferences show the pinnacle of the high art of talking without actually saying anything.

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Dickerson: John Fox sidesteps question about Chicago Bears OL Kyle Long's status - ESPN - Bears coach John Fox would not say whether he expects offensive guard Kyle Long to play in Chicago's Week 1 game against Houston.

Emma: Bears Taking Precautions With Injuries, But It Comes With A Cost - CBS Chicago - By this point of the preseason, every team is dealing with injuries. It’s a part of football, and teams can only hope to avoid the major injuries during this time of preparation. Thus far, the Bears have only suffered one significant injury, a torn ACL to center Hroniss Grasu that cost his season.

Mullen: Three growing questions facing Bears after two preseason games - CSN Chicago - The Bears have reached the midpoint of its preseason with three questions standing out above others. Here they are.

Morrissey: For all sorts of reasons, Bears need Jeremy Langford to be good - Chicago Sun-Times - And he needs to make people forget Matt Forte.

Fishbain: Mitch Unrein's comfort with Chicago Bears gives them important cog on D-line - Pro Football Weekly - From walk-on to practice squad player, Unrein getting opportunity for important role with Bears

Finley: Bears' Leonard Floyd grows comfortable: 'I've had great grades' - Chicago Sun-TimesLeonard Floyd feels comfortable after two preseason games, and claims he has the progress report to back it up.

NormalFan: A Visit To Bears Training Camp 2016 - Windy City Gridiron - I know my post is two weeks late, but I'll share my story from training camp. Arriving at camp a few minutes before the start of practice on Monday morning (11 am practice), we found parking within...

"It's Rosenbloom, yes, but this one's actually worth reading" via Ken: Talk about Keith Browner, and you're going to hear from the Bears DL's mom - Chicago Tribune - I love Charisse Browner. I’ve never met her, but I love her, and after this, you might love her, too.

Perez: Bears lose out to Colts for Antonio Cromartie’s services | Bears Wire - Perez says: The Chicago Bears courted free-agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie last week, but the veteran signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. Ken says: the Bears MET with Cromartie, whether the courted him or not we don't know. They didn't make an offer, so... yeah, not so sure about the "lose out" part of it.

Mullen: "Coach" Tracy Porter works at his own CB job while helping Bears wobbly young secondary - CSN ChicagoTracy Porter is the lone experienced player in the Bears' secondary and is trying to focus on his job while coaching younger players.

Potash: As cuts loom, it's still all for one — even if it means your job - Chicago Sun-Times - And ... it’s getting closer to nitty-gritty time, when your teammate’s great play can be a death-knell for your roster chances.

Boilard: Bears rookie DL Jonathan Bullard has freakish first step - 247 Sports - In this story based on a tweet by Lester WILTFONG, Jr. (not the way it's spelled in the story when clipped), Boilard explains that Chicago Bears rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard is already popping off the screen. Ken's Note: Perhaps I should have spelled the blogger's name Bollard?

Jahns: Jonathan Bullard still absent, but Fox expects him to play vs. KC - Chicago Sun-Times - The rookie from Florida has played well this preseason.

Campbell: Bears will be short-handed Saturday at Soldier Field - Chicago Tribune - The injury report included top contributors running back Jeremy Langford (left foot), right guard Kyle Long (shoulder) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (hamstring).

Mullen: 'Owies,' injuries, and the Bears trying to fuse together for Week 3 preseason - CSN Chicago - Bumps and bruises are part of the game. But as far as preseason goes, that means having to piece together units while waiting for "owies" to heal.

Perez: Could Rob Housler be this season’s breakout player for the Chicago Bears? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' search for a backup tight end might have been answered by Rob Housler with his big play versus the New England Patriots

Fishbain: Langford, Long, Trevathan remain sidelined at practice; Floyd returns | Pro Football Weekly - Leonard Floyd was one of four Bears who did return to practice Tuesday

Perez: Chicago Bears’ offensive line impresses in Week 2 of preseason play - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears saw a huge improvement in the play of their offensive line against the New England Patriots in Week 2 of the NFL preseason

Mayer's Chalk Talk Q&A: How has Meredith fared in practice? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how receiver Cameron Meredith has performed in practice, the status of rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and the competition for the No. 2 tight end position behind Zach Miller.

Perez: Jonathan Bullard misses second consecutive practice for personal reasons - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie Jonathan Bullard missed his second consecutive practice for what's been called 'personal reasons.'

Fox: You try to build competition - - Head Coach John Fox speaks with the media after Tuesday's practice at Halas Hall.

Goldman: I feel faster (video) - - Defensive lineman Eddie Goldman addresses the media Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Samra: Kevin White will take Bears offense to next level - Cover32 - Before anyone counts out the Chicago Bears offense this year, there is one last weapon still pending... wide receiver Kevin White.

LeGere: Bears' Housler catching some attention at tight end - Daily Herald - Rob Housler is one of six tight ends on the Chicago Bears roster vying for final spots on the 53-man squad behind starter Zach Miller. Housler he made some big plays last week while showcasing his skill set in the preseason game against the Patriots.

Campbell & Wiederer's Podcast: Bear Download Season 2, Episode 3- Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are back to talk some Bears: Depth at cornerback (2:11 mark), running back Jeremy Langford (12:05), NFL amending the injury report (21:56), Patriots (and maybe fufutre Bears) Jimmy Garoppolo (25:05), and Bears chairman George McCaskey breaking up a fight (34:37).

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our latest Ten Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section...

Silverstein: Stop NFL tokenism, here is the only "Devin Hester Hall of Fame" argument that matters - Windy City Gridiron - The argument for Devin Hester going to the Hall of Fame always falls to the question of GOAT: if he is the Greatest Of All Time, then he must surely belong in the Hall, right? Wrong. This is NFL tokenism. And it's got to stop.

Wiltfong: Prediction Machine says the Chicago Bears will have a top 5 defense - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll take a look at some of the 2016 NFL predictions by the right here. Would you believe they have the Chicago Bears’ defense finishing up really good?

Wiltfong: Is Alshon Jeffery one of the 100 best players in the NFL? - Windy City Gridiron - Just when you thought we were done with the endless stream of lists this offseason, ESPN drops another one. Bears’ wide out Alshon Jefferey made the cut, so let’s take a closer look...


Rozner: Goodell paradox continues to embarrass NFL - Daily Herald - While Roger Goodell sets his sights on James Harrison, another NFL domestic-violence case gets buried.


Thorman: A few of the Chiefs hardest decisions coming - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs will trim their 90-man roster to 75 players by August 30 and they’ll go down to 53 players by September 3. This is a deep roster that will require plenty of tough decisions. ...


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