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The Bear's Den: August 25, 2016

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Injuries & illness are paramount concerns as the Chicago Bears head towards Saturday's preseason game against Kansas City. Who is in? Who is out? Who is unaccounted for?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Potash: Bears DE Keith Browner quietly making a name for himself - Chicago Sun-Times - For Keith Browner, playing in the NFL is as much about being in the right place at the right time as much as being a Browner.

Emma: Long’s Shoulder Injury Leaves Status Uncertain, Though Cutler Isn’t Worried - CBS Chicago - The Bears have reworked their starting offensive line without Long.

Cox: Bears fullback competition underwhelming, disappointing - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have two fullbacks battling it out for one roster spot that might not even exist as both players have struggled. Ken's Note: In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis (now LA) Rams, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals all used fullbacks last year... in other words, 21 of the 32 teams. So, yeah, I guess that's most of the league... not really sure if Cox's "one of the few play-callers who still utilizes a fullback in his offense" theory holds water...

Mullen: Three Bears making strides with unfortunate opportunities from injury epidemic - CSN Chicago - The Bears are battling a lot of injuries this preseason but it means others have had to step up.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' receivers getting healthy, better - Daily Herald - The Bears are getting healthier at wide receiver with Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal all practicing together after each suffered minor injuries during training camp. The group is also getting better, according to wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson.

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).

Biggs: No telling when Kyle Long will return from shoulder injury - Chicago TribuneKyle Long's absence is the most glaring injury issue for the Bears, a team with a long list of players not at full strength since early in training camp.

Wiltfong: It’s not all bad news on the Chicago Bears injury front - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the latest on the recent rash of injuries to the Chicago Bears.

Biggs Mailbag Bears Q&A: Brian Hoyer vs. Connor Shaw, injuries on defense and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly.

Mayer: Rodgers brings toughness to Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Driven to work harder than his peers to overcome a lack of height, running back Jacquizz Rodgers brings toughness and playmaking ability to the Bears offense and special teams.

Perez: Jeremy Langford returns to practice, Kyle Long still out - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford returned to Bears practice, while right guard Kyle Long continues to miss time with a shoulder injury

Cox: Jay Cutler ‘not really that concerned’ about Kyle Long’s shoulder injury - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler isn't too worried about the health of his Pro Bowl right guard, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury

Talender: Bears LB Young has survived Pace/Fox purge of prior regimes - Chicago Sun-Times - There’s an old saying in pro football: Fans aren’t rooting for the players, they’re rooting for laundry.

Finley's Podcast: 3 Bears veterans who could be surprise cuts - Chicago Sun-Times - In the fifth episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley lists three Bears veterans who could be surprise cuts next week:

Boilard: Jeremy Langford limited at Chicago Bears practice on Wednesday - 247 Sports - There was good news and bad news on the injury front for the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears expect Eddie Goldman to anchor defensive line - ESPN - Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman showed up this summer 16 pounds lighter than his 2015 listed weight of 336 pounds, and says he feels faster.

Chicago Bears land one player in #NFLRank Top 100 - ESPN - Check out which Bear made our annual #NFLRank Top 100 list.

Hanzus: Brian Hoyer's guttural wail conveys bottomless regret - NFL.comBrian Hoyer's preseason is not off to a banner start. The Chicago Bears quarterback's most recent interception got an interesting reaction out of him.

Wiltfong: Could the Chicago Bears trade for Dak Prescott? - Windy City Gridiron - Over the weekend one sportswriter speculated that the Bears would trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, so why can’t I throw out a scenario where the Bears trade for Dak Prescott?

Noble: Join us in Yahoo's fantasy league! - Windy City Gridiron - Create your own league and compete against other Chicago Bears fans and WCG members!

Fishbain: Chicago Bears Notes: Cutler working with another shuffled O-line, Langford returns to practice | Pro Football Weekly - Cutler doing his best to keep offense in rhythm with new faces along Bears offensive line

Mayer: Cutler not concerned with changes - ChicagoBears.com - A slew of mostly minor injuries this summer has forced the Bears offense to constantly juggle players in and out of the lineup. But Jay Cutler is taking the changes in stride.

Perez: Jeremy Langford returns to practice, Kyle Long still out - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford returned to Bears practice, while right guard Kyle Long continues to miss time with a shoulder injury

Cox: Do the Bears have an injury management problem? - Bears Wire - Three major injury situations raise serious red flags about how the Chicago Bears handle their injured players. Ken's Note: "Do the Bears have an injury management problem?" Why no, we manage to have all kinds of injuries, no problem.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Williams: San Diego Chargers pull offer to unsigned draft pick Joey Bosa - ESPN - The Chargers pulled their offer to unsigned first-round draft pick Joey Bosa after he rejected what they said was their best offer.

Bosa Agent Statement

McClure: Devin Hester to teams; Call my agent now - ESPNDevin Hester, released by the Falcons in July, posted a video on social media to show potential suitors that he's ready for one more season.

Graziano: San Diego Chargers had no reason to bully Joey Bosa in public - ESPN - The statement the Chargers released on their negotiations with Joey Bosa amounted to bullying, and it speaks to a hard line they had no reason to take.

Boilard: Devin Hester isn't ready to call it quits on NFL career 247 Sports - Free agent return specialist Devin Hester is telling teams to contact his agent.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Thorman: Chiefs-Bears preseason: KC starters prepare to play into third quarter - Arrowhead Pride - The third preseason game is upon us. This is traditionally the game where the starters play the most so we should see the Kansas City Chiefs starters against the Chicago Bears starters for at least...

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