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Smith sits out, Hall shuts up, Nagy is vague as Chicago prepares for preseason home opener

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Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman #91 of the Chicago Bears hit quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos during a throw in the first quarter during an NFL preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 18, 2018
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Finley: Question for Bears’ Kevin White - ‘Can this guy help us out when it matters most?’ - Sun Times - Kevin White playing into the second half game was either the perfect time to give him much-needed snaps — or a reflection of how low he sits.

Zeglinski: From undrafted to untapped, Roy Robertson-Harris making the best of his talent with Bears – The Rock River Times - As soon as Broncos quarterback Case Keenum receives the snap, Roy Robertson-Harris charges off the ball with a purpose, timing his pass rush get-off perfectly. No man who weighs 294 pounds should move like this.

Mullin: Roquan Smith believes he has traits to be 'great' pass rusher but Lance Briggs wants more than sacks - NBC Sports Chicago - Roquan Smith believes he has the traits to be a "great" pass rusher. But former Bears great Lance Briggs wants to see more than sacks.

PFF: Trey Burton gives Bears top red zone tight end - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have yet to reveal what exactly Trey Burton’s role will be in Matt Nagy’s offense, but last season he was the best tight end in the red zone according to Pro Football Focus.

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears Put Together "Excellent" Practice in Dove Valley - Da Bears Brothers - The Chicago Bears had a successful day In their first of two joint practices against the Denver Broncos.

Kane: Bears tight end Adam Shaheen has foot and ankle injuries; no timeline set for return - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Adam Shaheen is dealing with a right foot injury in addition to the ankle sprain he suffered in Saturday’ preseason game.

Campbell: Roquan Smith leaves Bears practice with hamstring tightness - Chicago Tribune - Roquan Smith left Bears practice Tuesday because of tightness in his hamstring. It was the rookie linebacker's fourth preseason practice since ending his 29-day contract holdout Aug. 14. Coach Matt Nagy characterized the injury as minor.

Campbell: Bears safety Deiondre' Hall mum on cause of suspension - Chicago Tribune - Bears safety Deiondre' Hall would not say whether his role in an Iowa bar altercation prompted his one-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Biggs Bears Q&A: With Leonard Floyd injured, what's up at outside linebacker? What is Kevin White's roster status? Over-under for Trey Burton's yards? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. What will the team do with Leonard Floyd's injury and a thin depth chart at outside linebacker? What's up with kicker Cody Parkey? What is Kevin White's roster status? Plus much more.

Potash: Bears cautious with rookie Roquan Smith hamstring tightness - Sun Times - Though it’s sure to raise red flags ... Bears coach Matt Nagy downplayed the extent of the injury, calling it an “hour-by-hour thing."

Potash: Bears Roquan Smith injury update - Rookie LB sat out practice with hamstring injury - Sun Times - Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith missed most of practice Tuesday because of tightness in his left hamstring, coach Matt Nagy said.

Finley: Bears DB Deiondre Hall 'looking to move forward' after one-game drug suspension - Sun Times - Deiondre’ Hall was mum about the circumstances surrounding the one-game suspension he received for violating the NFL’s policy on a drug of abuse.

Weidman: Chicago Bears Win Over Denver Revealed a Few Things - Our Turf Football - In the game against the Denver Broncos, there were some things that were revealed, exposed or just plain obvious with the Bears.

Friedell: Chicago Bears' Roquan Smith preparing as if he's playing Saturday - ESPN - Bears rookie Roquan Smith says it's up to the coaches, but he is practicing with the intent of making his NFL preseason debut on Saturday.

Wood: Football Can Be Simple & 2018 All Comes Down to Trubisky - Da Bears Blog - The excuses of last year are all gone, and Mitch Trubisky is now firmly entrenched as the face of the franchise. Now it’s on Trubisky to prove that Pace’s trust in him is well founded. And that needs to happen now, in 2018.

Medina: Roquan Smith (Hamstring) and Akiem Hicks (Knee) Miss Practice Time on Tuesday - Bleacher Nation - Two of the Bears' top defenders weren't practicing on Tuesday.

Medina: Adam Shaheen's Injury Might Be Worse Than Originally Feared - 247Sports - The latest on Adam Shaheen doesn't paint the positive outlook that Sunday's reports did.

Medina: Trey Burton Was PFF's Top Tight End Last Week and is an Emerging Star in the Bears' Offense - 247Sports - Trey Burton showed flashes of why the Bears gambled on bringing in the free agent tight end.

Mayer: Smith exits practice for precautionary reasons - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears removed first-round draft pick Roquan Smith from Tuesday’s practice for precautionary reasons after the rookie linebacker experienced tightness in his left hamstring.

Perez: Confidence growing in Bears WR Kevin White - Bears Wire - Confidence is growing in Chicago Bears WR Kevin White after a strong preseason game against the Broncos

Perez: Danny Trevathan on playing with Roquan Smith: ‘Iron sharpens iron’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan said 'iron sharpens iron' when asked about playing alongside first-round pick Roquan Smith

Mullin: As Roquan Smith misses practice with hamstring soreness, Bears' Matt Nagy readies to face old friends - NBC Sports Chicago - First-round draft pick Roquan Smith is dealing with a hamstring issue while the Bears get ready to face Matt Nagy's former team this weekend.

Eurich: Roquan Smith hamstring tightness - 247Sports - Roquan Smith observed most of Chicago Bears practice from the sidelines.

Eurich: Deiondre Hall talks suspension - 247Sports - The odds are stacked against Deiondre Hall with the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Jim McMahon says Buddy Ryan changed football - 247Sports - All these years later and Jim McMahon still has respect for Buddy Ryan.

Eurich: Bears tight ends proving to be team's strength - 247Sports - A new strength is emerging for the Chicago Bears on offense.

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2018 Detroit Lions training camp recap: 10 things we learned - Pride Of Detroit - A look back at the past three weeks of the offseason.

NFC North News - Daily Norseman - Vikings Packers Lions Bears Preseason Notes

Football Outsiders discuss Jimmy Graham’s impact on Packers offense - Acme Packing Company - In the second part of Acme Packing Company’s Q&A with Football Outsiders, Scott Kacsmar examines how the arrival of Jimmy Graham and departure of Jordy Nelson will change the Packers offense.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berkes: Fantasy Files - Running Back Rankings - Windy City Gridiron - Todd Gurley reigns king, but there are a number of good backs gunning for the top spot

Leming: Predicting the final 53-man roster, game four edition - Windy City Gridiron - Who’s on line for a roster spot heading into this weekend’s dress rehearsal game against the Kansas City Chiefs?

Householder: Bears’ Burton, Robertson-Harris stock up, Parkey, Toliver stock down - Windy City Gridiron - The preseason rolls on and players are separating themselves while others aren’t

Infante's 2018 college prospect preview: Non-Power 5 - Windy City Gridiron - As the college football season comes closer, we will be taking a look at a couple of players in each conference that the Bears should keep an eye on. In this article, we dive into the conferences outside of the Power 5.

Wiltfong: Part 2 in our Exclusive Q&A with Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders on the 2018 Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders answered a few questions about the Chicago Bears for us and we’ll be sharing them all week. Here’s part two and it’s about starting center Cody Whitehair.

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