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The Bear's Den: Monday, August 8, 2015

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Game Week Is Here!!!!! Well, OK, it's just a preseason game but it's still a Chicago Bears Game!!! Buckle up, the road to the Super Bowl starts this week!

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Jordan Howard
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Emma: Bears Don’t Have Depth To Play ‘Next Man Up’ - CBS Chicago - Ever fluent in coach-speak, John Fox so often utilizes the convenient crutch of so many of his peers. "Next man up," Fox said last week, has said in the past and will say over and over again about his Bears.

Mayer: Grasu suffers knee injury in practice - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears were excited to make their 2016 debut at Soldier Field Saturday, but center Hroniss Grasu suffered a potentially serious knee injury during the team's Family Fest practice.

Perez: John Fox expresses confidence in TE Tony Moeaki - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears head coach John Fox praised Tony Moeaki's training camp performance and expressed confidence in healthy return of Zach Miller

Cox: Josh Bellamy emerging as receiver ready to contribute for Bears - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy brings swagger and a versatile skill set to the receiver group, and he's ready for a bigger role.

Perez: A look at Chicago Bears’ training-camp standout CB De’Vante Bausby - Bears Wire - Bears cornerback Devante Bausby is off to an impressive start in training camp and may push for playing time this fall

Ottochain: Christian Jones fitting in at new position on Bears’ defense - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears linebacker Christian Jones has played a new position every year with the team, but he may have found his home on the outside.

Morrissey: If teammates keep falling, Jay Cutler is in for a long season - Chicago Sun-Times - Center Hroniss Grasu likely out for the season with a knee injury.

Finley: Loss of promising C Hroniss Grasu leaves Bears weighing options - Chicago Sun-Times - Hroniss Grasu had everything going for him in training camp: a stouter body, a starting job, the trust of his teammates and the support of a mentor.

Mullen: Bears QB coach Dave Ragone sees simple base for Jay Cutler’s next step - CSN Chicago - New Bears quarterback coach Dave Ragone is trying to build a positive working relationship with starting quarterback Jay Cutler.

Ottochian: Bears GM Ryan Pace has several options for replacing center Hroniss Grasu - Bears Wire - A detailed look at what could be next for the Chicago Bears at the center position.

Mullen: Bears' injury concerns deepen with Hroniss Grasu's torn ACL - CSN Chicago - Sixteen players have been injured in Bears training camp already, but none will hurt the team's depth more than Hronnis Grasu's torn ACL.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears have something special in WR coach Curtis Johnson - Pro Football Weekly - Bears appear to have right guy overseeing arguably most promising position group

Campbell: Marc Mariani still proving his worth to Bears - Chicago Tribune - Veteran receiver-returner Marc Mariani has connection with quarterback Jay Cutler that gives him a boost.

Rothstein: Mike Ditka feels like Hall of Famer Dick Stanfel was a great coach - ESPN - Dick Stanfel was inducted to the Hall of Fame on Saturday as a player, but his later coaching career in the NFL and college was just as impressive.

Campbell: Marc Mariani still proving his worth to Bears - Chicago Tribune - Veteran receiver-returner Marc Mariani has connection with quarterback Jay Cutler that gives him a boost.

Wiederer: Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman energize Bears' defense - Chicago Tribune - Bears new inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman have experienced success and now hunger for more while providing energy to defense.

Bears Family Fest - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the 2016 Bears Family Fest at Soldier Field on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

Campbell: Observations from the Bears' scrimmage Saturday - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears had their most extensive live tackling session of training camp Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Wiederer: Bears' injury woes continue as Hroniss Grasu feared lost for season - Chicago Tribune - After the Bears offense was riddled with injuries last season, particularly to the line and receiving corps, similar attrition is already occurring.

Hub Arkush: Dick Stanfel's career in the NFL more than deserving of Hall of Fame - Pro Football Weekly - Stanfel only played seven seasons, but was a star, before going into coaching

POLISH SAUSAGE

Bears DE Mitch Unrein's wife earns bronze medal at Rio Olympics - CSN Chicago - The wife of Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein, Corey Cogdell, earned a bronze medal on Sunday in the women's trap shooting event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Rosenthal: Hall of Fame game canceled due to field concerns - NFL.com - The Hall of Fame game between the Packers and Colts has been canceled due to poor field conditions. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reports that the midfield logo was painted and it was slick and hard, according to several team officials.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Noble: NFL Hall of Fame game between Colts and Packers cancelled - Windy City Gridiron - Their game was canceled but no one wanted to see them play anyways.

Doyel: NFL fans deserve better than being ripped off and not told game cancelled - Indianapolis Star
The Indianapolis Colts began the NFL season last night by sitting in the Hall of Fame Game stadium locker rooms, as did the Green Bay Packers... while fans, who were not told the game was cancelled, filled the stadium and bought outrageous priced food, drinks and merchandise as the scoreboard clock ticked down to the start of a game that would never be played.

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