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Good News On Zach Miller’s Injury As The Bears Prepare For Four Days Off This Bye Week

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints
Ted Ginn #19 of the New Orleans Saints is defended by Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Halas Intrigue: What will the Bears do without Zach Miller? - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley looks at where the Bears will turn without Zach Miller.

Wiedman: NFL Officiating Has Hit A New Low - Our Turf Football - NFL Officials overturned Zach Miller's touchdown on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Wanda Weidman reviews the play, rules and outcome of the decision.

Bears Midseason Special Report: Part 2 - Lester Wiltfong, Jr. joins in for an in-depth look at the offensive and defensive line - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers are joined by WCG's Lester Wiltfong Jr and analyze the Bears' offensive and defensive lines at the bye.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Ryan Pace regret not drafting Deshaun Watson? - NBC Sports Chicago - Plenty of Bears news in this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast. Zach Miller, Jerrell Freeman and Deshaun Watson are among the topics.

Cahill: The Bears had some all-Pro costumes for Halloween - Sun Times - Based on recent success, most Bears fans would rather see their team skip the Halloween costumes and dress up as real football players.

Potash: Time for NFL to simplify the catch/no-catch rule - Sun Times - In the context of a football game, tight end Zach Miller absolutely made the reception from quarterback Mitch Trubisky for a 25-yard touchdown Sunday.

Jahns’ Film Study: Negative runs continue to plague the Bears’ offense - Sun Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 20-12 loss to the Saints in Week 8.

Emma: Zach Miller ‘Progressing Well,’ At Top Of Mind For Bears Teammates - CBS Chicago - For the Bears, Miller is more than just another teammate. He's one of the most respected and beloved players in the locker room.

Under Center Podcast: Are the Bears developing Mitchell Trubisky the right way? - NBC Sports Chicago - On the latest Under Center Podcast, JJ Stankevitz and John "Moon" Mullin debate if we should be second-guessing the Bears’ offseason quarterback decisions.

Stankevitz: As Zach Miller is ‘progressing well,’ can Adam Shaheen make an impact his absence? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will need Adam Shaheen to take on a larger load in their offense without Zach Miller for the rest of the season.

Sotonoff: Doctors - Bears' Miller was within hours of losing his leg - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller was within hours of losing his leg, according to Advocate Health Care doctors who specialize in such injuries.

LeGere: Replacing 'older brother' Miller will be difficult for Bears - Daily Tribune - It won't be easy for the Chicago Bears to replace Zach Miller's productivity on the field, and it will be impossible to replace his presence in the locker room.

Finley: John Fox - Bears haven’t seriously discussed Kevin White coming off IR - Sun Times - Kevin White is eligible to return to the Bears from injured reserve starting next week.

Potash: Zach Miller ‘progressing well’ in recovery from vascular surgery - Sun Times - Fox said he did not know a timetable for Miller’s return to Chicago. “They’re taking it one day at time — as I would expect and understand,” Fox said.

Finley: At midway point, how Bears D has matched last year’s takeaway total - Sun Times - “I would say the turnover light has come on,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. “And you don’t want it to go off.”

Potash: With Zach Miller out, rookie Adam Shaheen has a chance to break out - Sun Times - As the Bears recover from the shock of Zach Miller’s traumatic knee injury, the reality is setting in that Miller’s absence leaves a gaping hole...

Cox: Bears received calls at trade deadline for G Josh Sitton - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears received trade calls from other NFL teams about potentially moving veteran guard Josh Sitton.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears not thinking about football after loss to Saints - Pro Football Weekly - Zach Miller injury gives Bears much else to think about

Mayer: Miller “progressing well” following surgery - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach John Fox reported Tuesday that Zach Miller is “progressing well” less than 48 hours after the tight end underwent emergency vascular surgery on his left leg Sunday night.

Mayer: Donatell not surprised by increase in takeaways - ChicagoBears.com - Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell saw signs early in the season that Eddie Jackson and the Bears defense would start forcing more turnovers as they’ve done in recent weeks.

Emma: Jerrell Freeman’s Latest PED Suspension Jeopardizes Future With Bears - CBS Chicago - With two PED suspensions and a breakout young player behind him, Freeman's future is unclear.

Stankevitz: Zach Miller's horrific injury difficult to take in more ways than one for Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - John Fox offered an update on Zach Miller's severe knee injury on Monday at Halas Hall.

Mullin: Think the Bears should've taken Deshaun Watson over Mitch Trubisky? Tap the brakes - hard | NBC Sports Chicago - Of the opinion that the Bears should've taken Deshaun Watson over Mitch Trubisky in the draft? You might want to tap the brakes — hard.

Haugh: Jimmy Garappolo trade raises questions about Bears and Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Jimmy Garoppolo trade, Deshaun Watson success intensifies scrutiny of the Bears' Mitch Trubisky pick - but avoid rash conclusions.

Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky gets a glimpse into Bears' vision in meeting with Drew Brees - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky continues on his journey, a treacherous climb that will test the patience of even the most resilient competitor.

Campbell: Zach Miller is 'progressing well,' two days after urgent surgery - Chicago Tribune - John Fox's update on Zach Miller was short on details Tuesday, but the Bears coach offered a generally positive outlook about his injured tight end.

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Bears-Saints game - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears’ 20-12 loss to the Saints, including another impressive performance by the defense.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Duber: Local guy Jimmy Garoppolo gets dealt from Patriots to Niners - How does big NFL news impact Bears? - NBC Sports Chicago - Local guy Jimmy Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the Niners on Monday, meaning he'll face off against his hometown team in December at Soldier Field.

Smith: Former officiating department heads Blandino, Pereira both say Zach Miller scored - ProFootballTalk - Two former heads of the NFL's officiating department say Bears tight end Zach Miller was robbed of a touchdown on what turned out to be the last play of his season on Sunday.

Florio: Browns’ McCarron excuse doesn’t mesh with NFL procedures – ProFootballTalk - Reeling from the most public yet of their many humiliations, the Browns have blamed the failed trade for quarterback A.J. McCarron on the bunglings of the Bengals, telling Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Bengals failed to send to the league the trade document signed by both tea...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Alper: Mike Zimmer “prepared” to activate Teddy Bridgewater – ProFootballTalk - The Vikings are off this week, but that should be the last one for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's absence from the team's active roster. Bridgewater's return from the physically unable to prepare list opened a three-week window to practice with the team before a decision must be made about activ...

Gantt: Aaron Rodgers is back in the building, working with Brett Hundley – ProFootballTalk - The Packers got an addition to their quarterback meeting room Tuesday, but it wasn't a trade acquisition. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back at Lambeau Field for the first time since his collarbone surgery.

Lewis: Bill Belichick says Pats' QB situation wasn't 'sustainable' - NFL.com - The New England Patriots would have liked to have kept Jimmy Garoppolo, but Bill Belichick explained Tuesday that having the backup QB on the roster any longer was just "not sustainable."

NFC North Rundown, Week 8: Packers may benefit from a short-handed Lions defense - Acme Packing Company - Detroit awaits news on several defenders before its clash with Green Bay, while Chicago and Minnesota head to the bye.

PODcast wonders about the end of Ebron and end zone tribulations - Pride Of Detroit - "Well Dave I think the Lions need to establish the running game."

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's The Infantry: Recapping Bears rookie (and sophomore) performances from Week 8 - Windy City Gridiron - Not the greatest of outings for the Baby Bears.

Wiltfong: If the Chicago Bears offense can get going, they can push for .500 - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast he looks ahead at the Chicago Bears’ next eight games, and he also takes a position by position look at the offensive side of the ball.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Where would you put the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears were so close to an honest to goodness winning streak. After winning back to back games, they gave the New Orleans Saints all they could handle, but the loss sent them to 3-5 for...

Link's Bears Week 8 Reaction: Three Up, Three Down - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at how the Bears performed based on the keys to the Saints game as well as three players who performed well and three who did not.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Wilson vs Watson, Gannon on Trubisky, and more... - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week and as always, make sure you play along in the comment section.

Sunderbruch & Zeglinski: Week 8 Bears’ Overreaction (That was a Touchdown!) Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears enter the midpoint of the season with a lot of potential and even more heartbreak. It is, after all, football season in Chicago. Here are the overreactions to the Bears’ 8th contest of 2017.

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