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Bears prepare to travel to Tampa for Mike Glennon’s homecoming with his former team

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

BEARRRSSSS

Week 1 breakdown, 3-word reviews and Tarik Cohen - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Wiederer: Jerrell Freeman needs surgery on torn pectoral muscle - Chicago Tribune - Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman has a torn pectoral muscle and will need surgery, coach John Fox revealed Wednesday.

Podcast: Meet the Buccaneers (with Gene Thomas of "Buc What Ya Heard") - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers were joined by "Buc What Ya Heard" host Gene Thomas who shared his firsthand scouting report of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rosenbloom: What will the Bears lose without Kevin White? - Chicago Tribune - Fact is, Bears receiver Kevin White wasn’t good enough that he’ll be missed. He had become just another guy.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Wide receiver woes, final drive vs. Falcons, developing Mitch Trubisky and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Kane: Bears counting on Nick Kwiatkoski to fill void left by surgery-bound Jerrell Freeman - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will turn to second-year linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to step in for Jerrell Freeman, who went on injured reserve and could be out for the season.

Biggs: It hurts, but injuries becoming primary storyline for Bears once again - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have been hit hard of late and are off to an ominous beginning with three starters on injured reserve and potentially lost for the rest of the season.

Campbell: Bucs wary of Mike Glennon's arm strength, accuracy ahead of Week 2 reunion - Chicago Tribune - Sunday's game in Tampa, Fla., isn't just another game for Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, and to his credit he's not pretending it is.

LeGere: Bears' Glennon wants to beat his old team Sunday - Daily Herald - Sunday's battle against Tampa Bay isn't just another game for Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round (73rd overall) in 2013.

LeGere: No longer a secret, Cohen still a weapon for Chicago Bears - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears' secret weapon is no longer a secret, but rookie running back Tarik Cohen remains a weapon.

Under Center Podcast: What is Mike Glennon's ceiling? - CSN Chicago - On the latest Under Center Podcast, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Schanowski debate if the Bears’ Mike Glennon-led offense can be better than it was on Sunday.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Why wasn't Tarik Cohen on field when Bears needed him most? - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel weighs in on Dowell Loggains' comments regarding why Tarik Cohen wasn't on the field when the Bears needed him most in Week 1.

Strotman: Will Brian Urlacher be a first ballot NFL Hall-of-Famer? - CSN Chicago - Will Brian Urlacher be named a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer?

Stankevitz: Tanner Gentry still has much to learn - and earn - with Bears - CSN Chicago - After earning his way on to the 53-man roster, Bears wideout Tanner Gentry still has to earn his way into being active on Sunday — and beyond.

Stankevitz: Why Dowell Loggains was pleased with what Mike Glennon did against Atlanta - CSN Chicago - Dowell Loggains liked what he saw in Mike Glennon's ability to execute the Bears' gameplan in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Emma: Revenge Game? Bears QB Mike Glennon Just Wants A Win Against Bucs - CBS Chicago - Glennon admitted Sunday's game against his former team will mean more, but his desire remains the same.

Emma: With Tarik Cohen A Mystery No More, Bears Will Have To Adjust - CBS Chicago - How will the Bears work around their deficiencies on offense? That's the question for Dowell Loggains.

Telander: Close game against Falcons might not mean anything for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Teams in the NFL can lose close games forever. Superstars win you the nail-biters. And the Bears have no superstars.

Potash: Too early to get excited about Tanner Gentry again? - Chicago Sun-Times - A year ago, White’s injury in Week 4 opened the door for Cam Meredith, who went from inactive in Weeks 1-2 last season to the Bears' leading receiver

Halas Intrigue podcast: How Bears will try to make up for WR injuries - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley examines how the Bears will try to make up for the loss of receivers Kevin White and Cam Meredith:

Finley: Bears coach John Fox on Brian Urlacher 'The best in the business' - Chicago Sun-Times - John Fox said Urlacher, who was one of 108 nominees named Tuesday night, deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Morrissey: Fun is wherever Tarik Cohen happens to be - Chicago Sun-Times - It's only one game -- and what's your point?

Finley: Former team on Mike Glennon - 'Too good of a player to be on the bench' - Chicago Sun-Times - “We liked him a lot and we think he’s a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL,” Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday.

Potash: Bears rookie WR Tanner Gentry is back, but will he play Sunday? - Chicago Sun-Times - He showed an innate ability to find the ball, win one-on-one battles and make plays downfield.

Finley: Offensive coordinator 'heartbroken' for Kevin White - Chicago Sun-Times - Dowell Loggains has talked to Kevin White every day since the wide receiver was placed on injured reserve for the third time in three seasons..

Potash: Nick Kwiatkoski gets a chance to show off Bears' depth vs. Buccaneers - Chicago Sun-Times - This will be the biggest test of the Bears’ roster depth after injuries greased the skids for a 3-13 season in 2016.

Potash: Nick Kwiatkoski gets a chance to show off Bears' depth vs. Buccaneers - Chicago Sun-Times - This will be the biggest test of the Bears’ roster depth after injuries greased the skids for a 3-13 season in 2016.

Perez: Fantasy Football Week 2 - Which Chicago Bears RB is the better play? - Bears Wire - A look at how Chicago Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen impacts Jordan Howard's fantasy value

Mayer: Urlacher nominated for Hall of Fame - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is among 11 first-year eligible players to be nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Mayer: Bears begin preparing to face Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - Three days after losing their season opener to the Falcons, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa.

Mayer: Beating Bucs is Glennon’s only objective - ChicagoBears.com - Mike Glennon isn’t hiding his excitement about facing his former team Sunday in Tampa. But the quarterback’s only goal is to help the Bears record their first victory of the season.

Mayer: Gentry looks to make most of opportunity - ChicagoBears.com - After getting waived by the Bears Sept. 2, rookie receiver Tanner Gentry has been elevated to the 53-man roster and may be called upon Sunday to help fill the void created by a pair of key injuries.

Reisman's Week 1 NFC North recap: Vikings, Packers impress in debut - Pride Of Detroit - The NFC North looked pretty impressive all around.

HOT NOT TAKES

Haugh: Bears' explanation for not having Tarik Cohen on field on final drive falls flat - Chicago Tribune - Tarik Cohen sat out for eight of the 16 plays of the final series. Why didn't the Bears didn't ask more out of the game's most electrifying player?

Cahill: Mike Glennon is likeliest QB to be benched next - oddsmaker - Chicago Sun-Times - Despite a solid Week 1 performance, Bears quarterback Mike Glennon is not getting any love from gamblers.

Finley: Bucs coach says Chris Conte's pick-six of Jay Cutler turned season around - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears safety Chris Conte “might have turned our season around” when he intercepted a Jay Cutler pass

Perfett: Chicago Bears take a second L and lose the #GoBears trademark to Cal - Pride Of Detroit - It’s not every day a NFL team loses to the Pac-12

POLISH SAUSAGE

Williams: CFL ending full-contact padded practices during the season, effective immediately - ProFootballTalk - The Canadian Football League and Canadian Football League Players' Association have agreed to no longer allow full-contact padded practices during the season, according to Dave Naylor of TSN. The ban, which is effective immediately, could have ripple effects beyond the CFL.

Rosenthal: QB Index, Week 2: Sam Bradford, Alex Smith show out - Glennon? Not so much - NFL.com - After the opening week of the 2017 season, Gregg Rosenthal reassess his QB hierarchy, with Sam Bradford and Alex Smith receiving a deserved bump.

KNOW THY ENEMY

The APC Podcast: Takes and takeaways from Packers' week one win - Acme Packing Company - After a hard fought opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau, what do we know about the Green Bay Packers?

Gates: The Vikings’ Biggest Surprise? Yes, It’s The Offensive Line - Daily Norseman - The unit needed to improve, and at least through one game, they definitely have.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WIltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 1 vs Atlanta Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - This is probably my favorite, and my least favorite, weekly feature that I do here at Windy City Gridiron. I love it, because it’s fun to take a magnifying glass to the pass protection, in...

Infante: Is it safe to call Kevin White a bust? - Windy City Gridiron - The 2015 first-round pick fell victim to a season-ending injury for the third year in a row on Sunday.

Sunderbruch: Why The Bears Lost - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears did not lose because of a single player’s mistake. The Bears lost because they didn’t play to win.

Zeglinski's Bears mailbag: Not so Young, Trubisky watch, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Should there be concerns about Willie Young? When will we see Mitchell Trubisky start? All of that in this week's mailbag.

Silverstein: Brian Urlacher leads group of four former Bears nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - Urlacher joins former Bears Ruben Brown, Jay Hilgenberg, and Wilber Marshall as possible Hall of Famers.

Wiltfong: The most surprising part of the Bears season so far is... Tarik Cohen - Windy City Gridiron - Join us in celebrating the phenomenal debut game from Chicago Bears rookie Tarik Cohen by cheeking out his week one highlight reel.

Silverstein: Mitch Trubisky should start when he’s the team’s best QB. So, now. - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears lost their opener in part because their quarterback wasn’t good enough. When will this change?

Curl: Why I’ll be Mike Glennon’s Last Cheerleader - Windy City Gridiron - As the crowd’s roars for Trubisky get louder and louder, I’ll continue quietly enjoying my time with MG8.

Mitchell: My Open Letter To Ryan Pace - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan won’t read this, which is kind of a shame. He needs to know what we think!

FANPOSTS

CaliforniaBrownBear: Head, shoulders, knees and injury woes: Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to the first installment of this periodic fanpost series for the 2017 Regular Season. For those of you who haven't seen any of my previous "articles" please keep in mind I am not a...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there's a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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