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Javon Wims #83 of the Chicago Bears looks on while warming up prior to the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Zeglinski: Blissful, necessary ignorance a good thought for young Bears – The Rock River Times - The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game may be played under the lights on a national broadcast, but it’s nothing too close to the real deal the regular season presents.

Wiederer: Five things to know about Brian Urlacher’s Hall of Fame enshrinement - Chicago Tribune - As Brian Urlacher prepares for his big moment, not to mention his big speech, here are five things you should know.

Morrissey: History loving Bears need to let go of the past - Chicago Sun-Times - Until Virginia McCaskey or another family member is holding up the Lombardi Trophy to an adoring Chicago, everything else is wrapping paper.

Jahns: Matt Nagy is motivating Mitch Trubisky and more - Chicago Sun-Times - From Brian Urlacher's speech to calling his team "sloppy," Matt Nagy is taking control of the Bears and motivating Mitch Trubisky.

Kenney: Bears Training Camp 2018: Roquan Smith missing from Brian Urlacher watch party - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith was noticeable missing from the Bears watch party on Saturday night for Brian Urlacher's Hall of Fame speech.

Finley: Who will be the next Bears player voted into the Hall of Fame? - Chicago Sun-Times - As former Bears headed home from the team's most successful weekend in years, attention turned to a parlor game: who will be their next Hall of Famer?

Finley: Ex-Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher finds closure at Hall - Chicago Sun-Times - The former middle linebacker became the 28th Bear to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Potash: A Hall of Fame speech: Brian Urlacher opens up for fans - Chicago Sun-Times - We found out there’s more to the former Bears linebacker than he ever let on while he was playing. He finally let us in Saturday night in Canton.

Bears Hall of Fame enshrinement; Brian Urlacher; gold jacket; speech - But while Hatley is relegated to a footnote in Bears history, he at least deserves the honor of being remembered as the guy who drafted Brian Urlacher

Kenney: Bears Training Camp 2018: Kylie Fitts could take on role in Bears defense - Chicago Sun-Times - Fitts has all the tools to become a dominant pass rusher because of his speed and size.

Bears training camp: Hoge and Jahns live podcast - Chicago Sun-Times - Where is Roquan Smith? Who played well against the Ravens? Favorite memory of Brian Urlacher's career? Tune in.

Mayer: Urlacher shows humility, gratitude in speech - ChicagoBears.com - In typical Brian Urlacher fashion, the former star middle linebacker spent most of his Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night thanking family, friends and former coaches and teammates for helping him reach the pinnacle of the sport.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Catching Up With Ryan Pace’s Fourth Draft Class - WGN Radio - Every year I like to catch up with the latest Bears draft class after a couple weeks of training camp. It’s a good opportunity to see how their progress is going and what areas need more work.

Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher Inducted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame - NBC Chicago - After a career that spanned 13 seasons and saw him make it to eight Pro Bowls, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Urlacher received his gold jacket during a ceremony on Friday night, and was formally en...See More

Stankevitz: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller giving fans plenty of reasons to be excited - NBC Sports Chicago - Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller don't just look good, they look great during practices down in Bourbonnais.

Stankevitz: Tyler Bray seeing a ‘night and day’ development with Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Tyler Bray knows Matt Nagy's offense well, and has seen Mitch Trubisky take some significant steps in his understanding of it during training camp.

Stankevitz: Conversations in Canton with Randy Moss, Steve Smith give Kevin White a boost - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White had a chance to hear from Randy Moss and Steve Smith on Thursday in Canton, and took plenty away from those conversations.

Stankevitz: Kylie Fitts, Javon Wims take the right approach in returns to practice - NBC Sports Chicago - Kylie Fitts and Javon Wims both had solid games on Thursday, and took the right approach to their returns to practice on Saturday in Bourbonnais.

Stankevitz: What Javon Wims' big game means for his future with the Bears, or in the NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - Javon Wims led all receivers with seven catches for 89 yards in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game, but that's not enough to get him on an NFL roster -- at least, yet.

Brian Urlacher's Enshrinement (And Sunday's Bears Camp Report) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers discuss their time in Canton for Brian Urlacher's induction into the Hall of Fame and follow up with another report from Bears Camp.

Bears-Ravens Postgame Show: Defense, Javon Wims Shine in HOF Game Loss - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as the guys analyze the Chicago Bears first preseason game of 2018 including Javon Wims' exciting debut and the impressive defensive depth.

Eurich: Bears projected depth chart after the HOF Game - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears depth chart has some changes after Thursday night's loss.

Wiedman: Rookies Made Strong Stance in Bears-Ravens Matchup - Our Turf Football - OTFBs Wanda Wiedman goes over who shined and who didn't in the Hall Of Fame Game against the Ravens

Medina: Bears Swap Out Offensive Linemen - Sign Guard Kaleb Johnson, Waive Center Jack Allen = Bleacher Nation - A few days after a bad snap in the team's preseason opener, the Bears waived goodbye to Jack Allen.

Cox: Chicago Bears training camp: Taylor Gabriel sidelined with foot injury - 247Sports - Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel suffered a foot injury at training camp on Saturday and missed Sunday's practice.

Chicago Bears waive OL Jack Allen, replace him with OL Kaleb Johnson - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears made a change at the bottom of their offensive line depth chart, replacing Jack Allen with Kaleb Johnson.

Cox: Brian Urlacher showing humility ahead of his Hall of Fame enshrinement - 247Sports - Brian Urlacher is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and he hasn't lost any of his humility.

Cox: Javon Wims makes case for roster spot in Hall of Fame Game - 247Sports - Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Javon Wims was one of the stars of the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Mayer: Urlacher praised by ex-teammates, ex-coaches - ChicagoBears.com - Several of Brian Urlacher’s former teammates and coaches who attended his enshrinement ceremony Saturday night in Canton explained what made him a Hall of Fame middle linebacker.

Mayer: Friends, teammates, opponents congratulate Urlacher via Twitter - ChicagoBears.com - Before, during and after Saturday's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, those that knew and respected the newest Bears hall-of-famer the most took to social media with words of congratulations.

They said it: Brian Urlacher inducted into Hall of Fame - ChicagoBears.com - See what writers around the country are saying about legendary Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Holmes: Brian Urlacher's Hall Of Fame Speech Hits All The Right Notes - 670 The Score - Brian Urlacher showed great appreciation for his family and friends.

Joniak's Journal: Brian Urlacher Enters Hall Of Fame With Class - 670 The Score - "Football didn't define me, but it helped me be a better man," Urlacher said.

Joniak's Journal: Brian Urlacher Reflective As He Enters Hall Of Fame - 670 The Score - Brian Urlacher will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Baffoe: That Bears Game Made Me Quit Sportswriting - 670 The Score - It's time to say goodbye and step away from this columnist gig.

Gabriel: Bears-Ravens Takeaways - 670 The Score - Javon Wims was among those making the most of his opportunity.

Eurich: Javon Wims shows Bears he's more than a 7th-round pick - 247Sports - Javon Wims was clearly the best player on the field for the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Kyle Long poses with Howie Long's HOF bust - 247Sports - Kyle Long is trying to live up to his father's legacy.

LeGere: Bears rookie linebacker Fitts showing flashes of promise - Daily Herald - Rookie outside linebacker Kylie Fitts finally got to turn it loose as a pass rusher in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Ravens, and the results were encouraging.

Campbell's 5 observations from Bears practice Sunday: Mitch Trubisky's best practice, Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks disruptive, and more - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky had his best practice of training camp Sunday. He was accurate and threw with great anticipation a day after a sloppy practice.

Kane: Matt Nagy’s Bears watch Brian Urlacher’s speech together, use message for practice fuel - Chicago Tribune - Coach Matt Nagy adjusted the Bears’ schedule Saturday night so the players and coaches could watch Brian Urlacher’s Hall of Fame induction speech on TV during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.

Haugh: Hall of Fame speech was best 19 minutes Chicago has seen from Brian Urlacher - Chicago Tribune - Brian Urlacher gave a heartfelt, humanizing 19-minute speech Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, upon his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brian Urlacher focuses on family in Hall of Fame induction speech: 'The men I played with are my brothers' - Chicago Tribune - You can debate a pecking order all you want for Bears middle linebackers — Bill George, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher — but they’re all on the same plane now.

Wiederer: Lovie Smith thanks Brian Urlacher for being the ultimate teammate 'He just knew what to do' - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears coach Lovie Smith and team owner and chairman George McCaskey were among those gushing with pride Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, as Brian Urlacher was finally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wiederer: Full transcript of Brian Urlacher's Hall of Fame enshrinement speech - Chicago Tribune - Brian Urlacher spoke for more than 19 minutes at his Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday night. Here's everything the legendary Bears linebacker had to say.

Kane: Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts looking to fill Bears’ need for depth at outside linebacker - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are looking to young players such as second-year reserve Isaiah Irving and sixth-round pick Kylie Fitts to show what kind of depth they can provide should injuries at outside lienbacker linger longer than expected.

Campbell's 5 observations from the Bears' 'sloppy' practice Saturday: Mitch Trubisky's rhythm, Eddie Jackson's reads and more - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears were 'a little sloppy' in Saturday's practice, coach Matt Nagy said. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky was out of rhythm at times and inconsistent with ball placement. Eddie Jackson, meanwhile, continues to flash around the line of scrimmage.

Bears training camp 2018: Roquan Smith must end his contract holdout himself - Chicago Sun-Times - With every passing day at camp, Smith’s impasse only looks worse for him — and him alone.

Kenney: Observations, analysis and injury report from Saturday’s practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy was disappointed in the team’s lack of effort during Saturday’s public practice, which he called “sloppy.”

Finley: Four Bears players who stood out in the preseason opener - Chicago Sun-Times - With four receivers on the bench, Bears seventh-round pick Javon Wims led all players with 10 targets, seven receptions and 89 receiving yards.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Eagles sign Doug Pederson, Howie Roseman through 2022 season – ProFootballTalk - Winning the Super Bowl has improved the job security of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman. The Eagles announced on Sunday that they have extended the contracts of Pederson and Roseman through the 2022 season.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions training camp 2018: 5 standouts from Saturday’s scrimmage - Pride Of Detroit - Kerry Hyder, among others, impress during the Lions’ first scrimmage of training camp.

Five high school games to take place at new TCO Stadium - Daily Norseman - The new facility can seat up to 6,000 fans

Caribou Coffee launches limited edition “Skol Vikings Blend” - Daily Norseman - Not bitter. Well, not TOO bitter, hopefully.

Packers tackle David Bakhtiari suffers apparent ankle injury Saturday - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ starting left tackle left the family night practice with an apparent ankle injury.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp Weekend Recap - Windy City Gridiron - Check our our recap from both Saturday (8/4) and today’s (8/5) Chicago Bears’ practice live from Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Wiltfong: Brian Urlacher enshrined into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame - Windy City Gridiron - The time has finally come for the next great Chicago Bears’ player to don the iconic Gold Jacket and take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Brian Urlacher.

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