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Trubisky moves up the ladder to #2, as McPhee sets sights on Game 1 return

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Wiederer: Is it win or else for Bears coach John Fox in 2017? - Chicago Tribune - Bears ownership has been clear to stress that there are no ultimatums. But it's easy to deduce that this is a win-or-else season for coach John Fox.

Tribune writers pick 'em: Bears, NFL season predictions - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Bears/NFL writers make their picks for the season.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Depth chart, Ryan Pace's 'Hard Knocks' connection, 2018 draft and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Haugh: Naming Mitch Trubisky No. 2 QB opens door wider for rookie to see field - Chicago Tribune - Consider this a positive step in the development of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, an inevitable ascension likely to continue until he takes over the starting job this season.

Wiederer: GM Ryan Pace offers detailed assessment of QB situation, Bears roster - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon in advance of the team’s practice at Halas Hall.

Campbell: Why did Bears keep Mark Sanchez if he's not backup quarterback? - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's promotion means Bears third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez almost certainly will be inactive for games until further notice.

Wiederer: Bears release linebacker Lamarr Houston - Chicago Tribune - The Bears released Lamarr Houston on Wednesday evening, removing him from injured reserve and parting ways with the outside linebacker.

Imrem: Depth charge on Chicago Bears depth chart - Daily Herald.com - Depth charge on Chicago Bears' depth chart: Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky is No. 2!

LeGere: Glennon still No. 1, but Trubisky now No. 2 for Chicago Bears - ChicagoBears.com - How is Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon supposed to find any of his undistinguished wide receivers against the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons while looking over his shoulder for his backup, rookie Mitch Trubisky? Fortunately for the Bears, Glennon doesn't see it that way.

SportsTalk Live: Cutler on losing with Bears - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel talks about Jay Cutler's comments on how losing with the Bears wore him down.

Podcast: Is Mike Glennon on a short leash with Mitchell Trubisky as backup? - CSN Chicago - On the latest podcast, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Schanowski preview the Bears' Week 1 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Stankevitz on Trubisky being No. 2, McPhee close to return - CSN Chicago - CSN's JJ Stankevitz breaks down the Bears depth chart and Pernell McPhee being close to a return.

Stankevitz: Pernell McPhee’s return would be an important boost for Bears’ pass rush - CSN Chicago - The Bears defense looks a whole lot different with Pernell McPhee rushing the passer, which could be the case from the get-go in 2017.

Stankevitz: Mitchell Trubisky forces the issue and moves one step closer to his first NFL snap - CSN Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky will be the Bears' backup quarterback when the regular season begins Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Goldrick: Bears release outside linebacker Lamarr Houston - CSN Chicago - The Bears parted ways with Lamarr Houston on Wednesday. The outside linebacker was placed on injured reserve after another knee injury.

Emma: GM Ryan Pace Stands By Mike Glennon As Bears’ Starting Quarterback - CBS Chicago - "He’s a very smart, intelligent player," Pace says of Glennon.

Finley: 'He has to be ready' — Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky named No. 2 QB - Chicago Sun-Times - It was only six weeks ago that the Bears began training camp with talk of Trubisky, who they traded up to draft second overall, redshirting the season

Halas Intrigue: What will 'run-first' mantra mean for Bears' players? - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley examines what being a run-first team means for the Bears' running backs, quarterbacks and pass-catchers:

Morrissey: Everywhere poor Mike Glennon turns, Mitch Trubisky is there - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears name rookie as their backup quarterback.

Potash: Pernell McPhee ready to 'be dominant,' could play Sunday vs. Falcons - Chicago Sun-Times - He’s not holding anything back. He appears on course to play in the Bears’ season opener Sunday against the Falcons, even if on a limited-snap basis.

Finley: Hurricane threat means Bears will be Buccaneers' season-opener, too - Chicago Sun-Times - Tthe Bears will play in the Buccaneers’ season opener Sept 17 in Tampa.

Finley: Bears GM Ryan Pace 'No hesitation' injured Kyle Long returns to form - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears guard Kyle Long, who is still recovering from ankle surgery, was one of three Bears who didn’t practice Wednesday.

Finley: Bears cut ties with OLB Lamarr Houston - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears released the outside linebacker with an injury settlement Wednesday.

Jahns: Bears' plan for Mitch Trubisky is better with a better Mike Glennon - Chicago Sun-Times - Glennon’s response to Trubisky’s rise will be telling; the Bears are hoping for the best.

Cox: Lamarr Houston released, thanks Bears organization and fans - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears released outside linebacker Lamarr Houston from injured reserve with an injury settlement.

Mayer: Bears continue preparing to host Falcons - ChicagoBears.com - After an off day Tuesday, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to resume preparing for Sunday’s season opener against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.

Mayer: Trubisky elevated to No. 2 quarterback - ChicagoBears.com
Rookie first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky has been named the Bears' No. 2 quarterback and will serve as starter Mike Glennon's backup in Sunday's season opener against the Falcons.

Mayer: Bears announce Week 1 depth chart - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears released their first depth chart of the regular season, and it lists both receiver Kendall Wright and rookie safety Eddie Jackson among the team's starters.

Hub Arkush: Trubisky No. 2, but that's not the story now - Pro Football Weekly - Time to focus on the starters with Atlanta in town

Bouda: Bears Release Veteran DE Lamarr Houston From Injured Reserve - NFLTradeRumors.co - NFLTradeRumors.co is the #1 source for NFL Rumors & NFL News. Keep up with latest Insider News right here.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Alper: Myles Garrett hurt ankle in practice Wednesday – ProFootballTalk - Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett still has his eyes on sacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in his regular season debut, but that task will be made more difficult if he has a balky ankle.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFC North Previews: Packers are the class of the division if they stay healthy - Acme Packing Company - As long as they don’t have major injuries that create cascade effects across the depth chart, Green Bay should be a safe bet to win the NFC North once again.

2017 NFL Week 1: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman - When you’ve been waiting eight months, one extra day is no biggie.

Reisman: Matthew Stafford to make $66 million more than Tom Brady’s career earnings - Pride Of Detroit - That is one rich quarterback.

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Wiltfong: Mitchell Trubisky named the number two quarterback - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback this off season, and the coaches felt he did just enough during camp and preseason to keep that job for the regular season opener...

Sunderbruch: Has Pace Improved the Roster? - Windy City Gridiron - After three years, a GM needs to own the roster that has been assembled. Has Ryan Pace actually improved the Bears, or are they just treading water?

Zeglinski & Link's WCG Radio, Ep. 10: Bears-Falcons mania! (preview) - Windy City Gridiron - The guys preview Bears-Falcons with SB Nation's Jeanna Thomas, Week 1 of the NFL season, and more on the latest WCG Radio.

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