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The Bear’s Den: August 8, 2017

Bears suffer a big blow to the offensive line with Eric Kush hamstring injury

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith (81) rushes with the football behind offensive lineman Eric Kush (64) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. 
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Wiederer: Bears lose offensive lineman Eric Kush for the season with torn hamstring - Chicago Tribune - Bears reserve offensive lineman Eric Kush will spend the season on injured reserve with a torn hamstring.

Finley: Bears' Eric Kush tears hamstring from bone, needs surgery, to go on IR - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears placed center Eric Kush on the injured reserve list and will be out for the season. Kush tore his hamstring and will need surgery.

Boden: State of the O-line - Bears' depth takes a hit as Eric Kush tears hamstring - CSN Chicago - The Bears have their first major injury of training camp as interior offensive lineman Eric Kush suffered a torn hamstring on Monday.

Boden: Kush and tushes, picking up the energy - Six takeaways from Monday Bears camp - CSN Chicago - Here is everything you need to know about the Bears getting back to it on Monday morning in Bourbonnais.

Mayer: Kush out for season with torn hamstring - - Bears backup guard Eric Kush is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn hamstring he suffered in last Friday's practice and will miss the entire season.

Cox: Bears OL Eric Kush out for season with torn hamstring - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears guard/center Eric Kush tore his hamstring and will miss the entire 2017 season, John Fox announced at training camp.


Perkins: Dolphins' Bushrod and Fales, teammates of Jay Cutler in Chicago, say negative perception of QB is false - Sun Sentinel - New Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler, sometimes portrayed as aloof, has two big supporters on the team in RG Jermon Bushrod and QB David Fales

Rosenthal: Jay Cutler's decision highlights risk of bringing NFL stars to TV booth - Chicago Tribune - Three months after being drafted by Fox Sports and three weeks before what was to be his broadcast debut, Jay Cutler got picked off by the Miami Dolphins.

Craniator87: Why The Dolphins Had To Have Cutler - The Phinsider - Well, things have certainly changed over the past few days; on Thursday morning, Ryan Tannehill was the undisputed leader of the team and face of the franchise. On Sunday afternoon, the Miami...

Haugh: What Jay Cutler joining the Dolphins means to the Bears — and to the media - Chicago Tribune - As Jay Cutler arrived for his first day with his new team surrounded by security that provided more protection than the Bears offensive line ever did, the real winner will be the Miami sports media.

Campbell: Bears' Zach Miller recalls why Jay Cutler and Adam Gase clicked - Chicago Tribune - Just as Jay Cutler had one of his most productive seasons in 2015 with Adam Gase as the Bears offensive coordinator, so too did tight end Zach Miller.

Cahill: Jay Cutler just killed the Dolphins' Super Bowl chances - Chicago Sun-Times - Coming off a 10-6 playoff season under first-year head coach Adam Gase, all arrows were pointing up for the Miami Dolphins this preseason.

AP: Ex-Bear Jay Cutler says his wife swayed him to sign with Dolphins - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam Gase: QB Jay Cutler didn’t come back to sit on the bench

Brandon Marshall is offering up his Miami home to Jay Cutler - CSN Chicago - Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were never really best of friends, and they've certainly taken shots at each other over the year.But maybe now they're back on good terms (OK, probably not) as Marshall, now with the New York Giants, is helping out the newest Dolphins quarterback.

Stankevitz: Why Dion Sims, Zach Miller see the Jay Cutler-Adam Gase reunion being successful in Miami - CSN Chicago - Dion Sims doesn't know Jay Cutler, and Zach Miller does. But both Bears tight ends believe Cutler's reunion with Adam Gase in Miami will go well.

Edholm: Could this be it for Ryan Tannehill with Miami Dolphins? - Pro Football Weekly - Dolphins and quarterback have tough decisions ahead, now and later

Hub Arkush: Clearly, Miami Dolphins prefer Cutler, Cutler prefers football to broadcasting - Pro Football Weekly - With a strong season, Cutler could become Adam Gase's Dolphins preference for several more years

Edholm: Chicago Bears' John Fox on Cutler 'We wish it went a different way' - Pro Football Weekly - Bears have their own QB concerns, but they're thinking about new Dolphins QB Jay Cutler

Baffoe: You Broke My Heart, Jay Cutler - CBS Chicago - The people don’t like you as a football player. They never will. So few of us understand you, Jay.

Florio: Matt Moore intends to compete, regardless of whether competition is open – ProFootballTalk - With the Dolphins not paying Jay Cutler $10 million to stand on the sidelines, that's likely where Matt Moore will be. And he knows it. To his credit, Moore knows that his role will be: (1) to be ready to play; and (2) to help Cutler be ready to play.

Smith: Jay Cutler says I’m a quarterback, I don’t have to be in great shape – ProFootballTalk - Is new Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler in good enough shape to play after spending the last few months in retirement? "The good thing is I play quarterback so I don't have to be in that great cardiovascular shape," Cutler said with a smile today.

Orr: Jay Cutler says 'Won't take long' to get back into shape - - Having not practiced or played in months, the recently-unretired quarterback jay Cutler made a dry joke about getting back into peak physical condition during a brief session with reporters on Monday.

Orr: Gase says Jay Cutler didn't come to stand on sidelines - - Adam Gase didn't announce his starting quarterback Monday. But it's easy to see where things stand with Jay Cutler on the Miami Dolphins.


DeWitt: Insight From Practice No. 10 (with WCG's Andrew Link) - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers and Windy City Gridiron's Andrew Link discuss the Bears tenth practice, including Eric Kush's season-ending injury.

Campbell: 5 observations from Bears practice Monday - Chicago Tribune - The Bears got back into full pads Monday and opened practice to the public. Here are five observations from the session.

Wiederer: Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz bring veteran savvy to Bears slot receiver battle - Chicago Tribune - Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz are bringing veteran knowledge, leadership ability to the Bears' slot receiver battle.

LeGere: Chicago Bears happy with Glennon leading the way - Daily Herald - As the Chicago Bears' new starting quarterback, Mike Glennon's leadership style will be put under the microscope. It's the first time in his five-year career that Glennon enters the season as a team's starting quarterback.

Jahns: Mark Sanchez delivers the QB highlight of the day - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns breaks down the 10th day of Bears training-camp practice.

Potash: Bears have a leader in Mike Glennon, but do they have a quarterback? - Chicago Sun-Times - About all we know for sure about Glennon in his first training camp with the Bears is that he is in charge.

Morrissey: No butts about it, Mike Glennon's accuracy needs work - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears quarterback struggling with deep passes.

Perez: Mark Sanchez runs impressive 2-minute drill - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears backup QB Mark Sanchez had an impressive two-minute drill at 2017 training camp practice Monday

Perez: Mike Glennon continues to take hold of leadership role with Bears - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon has quickly become one of the team's leaders in 2017 training camp practices

Video: Mike Glennon talks importance of preseason and his center’s butt position - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon met with the media after practice Monday and discussed the importance of the NFL preseason and sanps under center

Stankevitz: Mike Glennon’s advice for Mitch Trubisky - ‘You belong in this league’ - CSN Chicago - Mike Glennon recalled his first preseason game in 2013 and offered a lesson he learned from it to Mitch Trubisky.


Orr: Brock Osweiler to start Browns' preseason opener - - Brock Osweiler will get the first crack at Cleveland's wide open quarterback battle. The Browns named the veteran QB1 heading into Thursday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Monday.

Orr: Vince Wilfork announces retirement with BBQ ad - - Vince Wilfork, who flirted with retirement after Houston lost in the playoffs, made it official via a sponsored Kingsford Barbecue video hyping up his next career as a champion of smoked meats.

McLane: Was holding Alshon Jeffery back worth the potential collateral damage? - - The newly acquired wide receiver returned to practice, but he was still limited and may not play in the preseason opener.


Vikings’ Tom Johnson “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL” – ProFootballTalk - Players on the Vikings' defense are heading into the season confident that they can dominate. “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL,’’ Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson said. Other players echoed those sentiments.

Western: Davon House skips Packers’ Monday practice with hamstring injury - Acme Packing Company - Hopefully this is just a precaution for the veteran cornerback.

Western: Rodgers demoted to scout team as Hundley takes the reins - Acme Packing Company - The two-time MVP probably won’t play on Thursday after ceding first-team snaps to his backup today. Ken's Note: Yeah, I changed the headline, sorry Tex :)

Thompson: Vikings activate Latavius Murray from PUP List - Daily Norseman - The running back will have his first practice with the Vikings on Monday afternoon.

Petry: Gil Brandt believes lions will win at least 9 games - - Tori Petry talks with Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez from Sirius XM NFL Radio about what they're watching for at training camp and the roster Bob Quinn is building.


Mitchell: Bears Place Kush On IR, Sign UDFA OL Brandon Greene - Windy City Gridiron - Bears sign Alabama OL/TE to fill Eric Kush’s roster slot

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign wide receiver Alton Howard - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears make it official and waive kicker Andy Phillips while adding wide out Alton "Pig" Howard.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp - Live streaming updates (open thread) - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have a game in a few days, as they’ll host the Denver Broncos in their first preseason contest on Thursday. So technically, this is Broncos’ week for the Bears, but since this is...

Wiltfong & Zeglinski: Bears Camp 2017 - Jonathan Bullard pushing for a starting role - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he’s joined by Robert Zeglinski to discuss his observations from Chicago Bears’ training camp so far.

Link: Bears Camp Notebook - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Windy City Gridiron - With the preseason rapidly approaching the team looked feisty today.


WhiskeyRanger: Cutler Vice! - Windy City Gridiron - Don Johnson, Eat Your Heart Out. What's going on everyone. When the news broke that Smokin' Jay was coming out of quasi-retirement and headed to Miami, the first thing that popped into...

Rafe S: Going Into Preseason Game 1... - Windy City Gridiron - Fox circles the troops: As Thursday and the Broncos draw closer, how have your thoughts changed/been reinforced? Most scribes and die-hards, it seemed, were resigned to accept another last...

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