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Tyler Bray will play the whole game Thursday against Buffalo barring anything unexpected. Who will make the final 53?

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NFL: Pro Hall of Fame Game-Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens
Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Pushing your chips in - Bold predictions for the Bears 2018 season – The Rock River Times - There’s been a heft of warranted optimism surrounding Matt Nagy’s Bears for the past eight months. The coach has instilled a palpable energy. The Bears themselves are more in tune to maximizing an abundance of youthful talent and players in their primes. It’s an organization on the upswing. And until now, it’s been fluff and no substance.

Finley: Is Kasim Edebali the answer to the Bears OLB depth problem? - Sun Times - Edebali has a big couple of days ahead of him. The Bears are making cuts Saturday, and his wife is scheduled to give birth next week.+

Stankevitz: Bears believe Roquan Smith’s preseason absence won’t keep him from playing Week 1 - NBC Sports Chicago - The first time Smith plays an NFL snap will be in a regular season game, and will be the first time he takes a game snap since the College Football Playoff final last January.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Roquan Smith play in Week 1? - NBC Sports Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel discusses Roquan Smith’s availability for Week 1 at Lambeau Field and the USA Today report that Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat.

Campbell: Roquan Smith unlikely to play in Bears preseason finale - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith will probably sit out Thursday's preseason finale with a hamstring injury, coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday.

Campbell: Matt Nagy's jump to Bears will shift how Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes measure up - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy's move to Bears head coach from Chiefs offensive coordinator will shift how the three first-round quarterbacks in the 2017 draft class - Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson — measure up against each other.

Wiederer: What Matt Nagy's candor reveals about the 2018 Bears - Chicago Tribune - After benching his starters for Saturday's penultimate preseason game, Bears coach Matt Nagy offered clear and candid explanations for his move. In doing so, he helped us to learn several key things about his approach and the Bears' 2018 expectations.

Rosenbloom: Bears GM Ryan Pace failed to put Roquan Smith in a position to succeed, and it’s still dragging on - Chicago Tribune - We don’t know if Roquan Smith’s hamstring injury is a result of missing a month of practices and games. We do know GM Ryan Pace’s inability to get his top draft pick signed early failed to give Smith the best chance to succeed and limited the time he might need to recover for games that matter.

Jahns: Hoge & Jahns Podcast break down the Bears' roster - Sun Times - How many tight ends will the Bears keep? How about receivers? Hear the guys' answers, your voicemails and more here.

Potash: Bears rookie Roquan Smith won't play against Bills; Matt Nagy optimistic he could play vs. Packers - Sun Times - "If he’s able to play and we feel good about it, trust me, we’ll give him an opportunity to get in there.”

Finley: Tyler Bray will play all of the Bears' preseason finale - Sun Times - Five days after starting their second-string quarterback, the Bears will turn to their third-stringer for the entirety of their preseason finale.

Jahns: Bears vs. Packers: Bears preach patience with QB Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - The Bears open the season against the Packers, but it won't say too much about Trubisky's development. Coach Matt Nagy is preaching patience.

Medina: Who Needs the Starters Anyway? Javon Wims Earned a Spot On PFF's Team of the Week - Bleacher Nation - Javon Wims was pretty much perfect against the Chiefs, which earned him a spot on PFF's Team of the Week (and probably a job in Chicago, too).

Medina: The Starting Left Guard Battle Between Eric Kush and James Daniels is Coming Down to the Wire - Bleacher Nation - The Bears haven't settled on a starting five along the offensive line, with James Daniels and Eric Kush still battling for the left guard spot.

Medina: Roquan Smith Probably Won't Play Thursday, But Week One Against the Packers Is Still Possible - Bleacher Nation - Even though Roquan Smith isn't likely to play Thursday, the Bears still seem to have Week 1 as a target date for his NFL debut.

Mayer: Nagy says 'Good chance' Smith plays in season opener - ChicagoBears.com - Roquan Smith likely will be held out of Thursday night's preseason finale against the Bills. But Bears coach Matt Nagy remains optimistic that the first-round draft pick will be able to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 9 in Green Bay.

Mayer: Bears first-stringers 'all in on Green Bay' - ChicagoBears.com - With Bears starters set to sit out Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Bills, they can devote 100 percent of their energy on preparing for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 versus the Packers.

Perez: Chicago Bears don’t expect TE Adam Shaheen to go on injured reserve - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said he doesn't expect TE Adam Shaheen to go on injured reserve at the start of the 2018 NFL season

Perez: Matt Nagy says Aaron Lynch brings valuable experience to Bears defense - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said OLB Aaron Lynch still offers value to the defense despite being out all summer with a hamstring injury

Perez: Chicago Bears won’t be able to stash WR Javon Wims on practice squad - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims was a standout performer in Week 3 of the NFL preseason

(Video) PFW Chicago Podcast 123: Live from La Barra in Oakbrook, IL - Pro Football Weekly - This week on the PFW Chicago Podcast, we are LIVE from La Barra Restaurant in Oakbrook, IL. The PFW Crew discuss all things Bears, including Nagy's decisions to sit the starters in the third pre-season game. Plus the guys take a look at the upcoming season and preview some great additions to your fantasy leagues.

Mullin: Jay Glazer posits a what-if Bears franchise fantasy involving Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears potentially have something serious going on with Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy, believes NFL expert Jay Glazer. Moon Mullin looks at just how good it could be.

Eurich: Bears important dates - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are facing some important upcoming dates.

Eurich: Tyler Bray to play entire game vs. Bills - 247Sports - Tyler Bray will get all the snaps at quarterback on Thursday for the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Bears practice squad candidates - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night may be the final game for many players in their NFL careers.

Eurich: What an extension for Eddie Goldman would cost Bears - 247Sports - Eddie Goldman is deserving of a contract extension from the Chicago Bears.

Dickerson: Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears rookie linebacker, unlikely to play preseason finale - ESPN - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Roquan Smith, the team's first-round draft pick, is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale. If he doesn't, he'll enter the regular season without having played at all in the preseason.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Alshon Jeffery will miss at least the first two games – ProFootballTalk - Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery’s injured shoulder will keep him out at least the first two games of the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The team, though, is expected to activate him to the 53-player roster this weekend with hopes that Jeffery can return by Week Three.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions release DE Robert Ayers a day after signing him - Pride Of Detroit - That was quick.

Vikings roster cuts: 90 to 53 - Daily Norseman - Yinka gives his own spin on who he thinks will make the Vikings’ final roster

Packers QB Tim Boyle will play a lot in Kansas City, says Mike McCarthy - Acme Packing Company - The head coach expects to play his fourth QB a lot in the preseason finale.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berkes: Top 100 Fantasy Football List - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff’s top 100 fantasy football list contains five Bears for the first time in the history of fantasy football.

Zeglinski: Do the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers have a rivalry in the making? - Windy City Gridiron - The newest WCG radio dives into the 49ers and their hype as the Bears are set to play them for the fifth-straight year.

Householder: Stock up, stock down - Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Windy City Gridiron - Another extended look at the backups against Chiefs means the roster picture and the depth chart are getting clearer.

Bears vs. Bills Preseason 2018: Preview, game time, TV schedule, odds, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the preseason finale between the Chicago Bears and the Buffalo Bills.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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