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The Bear’s Den: September 13, 2017

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Freeman’s out, Nick Kwiatkoski’s the next man up at middle linebacker

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Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears sacks Cody Kessler #6 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer & Campbell: How do Bears' positives and negatives in Week 1 loss measure up? - Chicago Tribune - What should we make of the Bears' season-opening performance? Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell sort through the aftermath.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF - Chicago Tribune - Linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

LeGere: Linebacker Freeman joins White on Bears' injured reserve - Daily Herald - The injury news got worse for the Chicago Bears when they announced Tuesday that inside linebacker and team captain Jerrell Freeman would join wide receiver Kevin White on injured reserve with a chest injury.

Krinch: Bears promote preseason standout Tanner Gentry to 53-man roster - CSN Chicago - The Bears' wide-receiver carousel took another spin on Tuesday afternoon as the team promoted Tanner Gentry to the 53-man roster.

Bears' Sam Acho and teammates host celebrity waiter night at Steak 48 - CSN Chicago - Chicago Bears' Sam Acho and teammates hosted the second annual Celebrity Waiter - Night at Steak 48.

Strotman: Tarik Cohen and the NFL's rookie running backs had quite the Week 1 - CSN Chicago - The NFL's rookie running backs had a stellar Week 1, led by Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette. Chicago's Tarik Cohen also had himself an afternoon.

Stankevitz: Akiem Hicks explains what makes Tarik Cohen such an explosive playmaker - CSN Chicago - Akiem Hicks saw all of Tarik Cohen's moves during training camp, and wasn't surprised at the success the 5-foot-6 running back had on Sunday.

Duber: Bears suffer another huge loss with Jerrell Freeman going on injured reserve - CSN Chicago - The Bears suffered another huge loss Tuesday, announcing that linebacker Jerrell Freeman was placed on injured reserve.

Finley's Bears Twitter mailbag: On 'Chicken Salad,' QB debate & receiver search - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of queries sent to @PatrickFinley, who responds:

Jahns: Bears expected to sign WR Mario Alford, promote Tanner Gentry - Chicago Sun-Times - Alford is fast, running the 40-yard dash in 4.32 and 4.27 seconds at his pro day in 2015.

Finley: Bears place ILB Jerrell Freeman, WR Kevin White on injured reserve - Chicago Sun-Times - Jerrell Freeman's pectoral injury was significant, sending one of the Bears' two defensive captains to injured reserve.

Jahns' Podcast in Print: Hold Bears QB Mike Glennon to a higher standard - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge have co-hosted a Bears podcast together since the 2015 season.

Finley: Ex-Bear Brian Urlacher one of 108 modern-era nominees for Hall of Fame - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was officially named a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee late Tuesday.

Cox: Bears wide receivers weren’t the issue in Week 1 loss to Falcons - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are thin at the wide receiver position, but that wasn't the issue in their Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Lunch with Larry: 9.12.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed Tarik Cohen's breakout performance, getting tight ends more involved and who impressed on defense in this week's live Q&A with fans on Chicagobears.com.

Mayer: Bears to play in Tampa as scheduled - ChicagoBears.com - After assessing damage from Hurricane Irma, the Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they will host the Bears in Tampa Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as scheduled.

Mayer: Freeman joins White on injured reserve - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday placed veteran linebacker Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve and promoted linebacker Jonathan Anderson and receiver Tanner Gentry from the practice squad.

Mulligan: Bears-Bucs game-planning figures to be interesting intellectual exercise - Chicago Tribune - How do the Bears counter a team with a better quarterback, better weapons, and better all-around talent and more star power? Start with more balance on offense.

HOT NOT TAKES

Rosenbloom: Tarik Cohen, Javy Baez, Patrick Kane - Who is Chicago's most electrifying athlete? - Chicago Tribune - That didn’t take long: Bears rookie Tarik Cohen has immediately made the list of Most Exciting Current Chicago Athletes. Ken's Note: I'm sorry, this may be dumber than yesterday's really dumb Rosenbloom article. Comparing a one game athlete to Kane & Baez? Really? ONE GAME, Steve. Sheesh. Are you folks SURE you want me to keep linking this guy?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Killion: 49ers have temperature issues: Is a fix in store at Levi’s Stadium? - San Francisco Chronicle - Levi’s Stadium christened its fourth NFL season Sunday afternoon, and the problems that have plagued the building since its opening in 2014 remain: hot weather, lousy football and empty seats. Things have gotten so bad that the team, acknowledged that it has engaged a stadium architecture firm to “review a number of aspects of the stadium with the goal of enhancing the fan experience". Yes, a fix to a $1.3 billion stadium that’s 36 months old.

Texans to start Deshaun Watson at QB vs. Bengals - NFL.com - The Houston Texans will start rookie Deshaun Watson at quarterback versus the Bengals, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's James Palmer reported.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover: Sam Bradford Shuts A Lot Of People Up - Daily Norseman - Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?

Reisman: Lions sign punter Jeff Locke, place Kasey Redfern, Corey Robinson on IR - Pride Of Detroit - The Detroit Lions have their new punter.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch & Zeglinski: Week 1 Overreaction: Bears vs. Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - With one game that actually counts in the books, it’s time for Windy City Gridiron to once more capture the ups and downs of being a fan of the Chicago Bears.

Link's Bears Week 1 Reaction: Three Up, Three Down - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at how the Bears performed based on the keys to the Falcons' game as well as three players who performed well and three who did not.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The Bears played tough in their loss, so where will they rank - Windy City Gridiron - If a tie is like kissing your sister, then what is a moral victory like? I suppose losing a close one is better than having a fifty burger dropped on your head, but still, a loss is a loss.

Infante's The Infantry: Recapping Bears rookie (and sophomore) performances from Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - How did the Bears’ youngsters do in the first game of the 2017 regular season?

Wiltfong & Kev H: When should the Chicago Bears play Mitchell Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are one game into the 2017 season and we already have a heated quarterback discussion taking place in the comment section here at WCG. It seems most of the Chicago media and...

Zeglinski: Bears sign Tanner Gentry to 53-man roster, buoy up receiving corps - Windy City Gridiron - A now depleted receiving core forced the Bears' hand to call up their raw undrafted free agent, among other Chicago roster moves Tuesday.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our week one Thoughts on the NFL, and make sure you leave a few of your own in the comment section.

Householder: Have the Bears found a new playmaker? - Windy City Gridiron - The secret is out on Tarik Cohen. But can he sustain his success?

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