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Shaheen hits the IR list, Floyd practicing with club on and Mack joins into team practice preparing for Green Bay

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Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears plays one-handed catch during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on August 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bills defeated the Bears 28-27.
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Jahns: What he means to Bears overhaul under Ryan Pace - Sun Times - The Bears added a transcendent talent in outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Analyzing the Bears’ historic trade for Khalil Mack - Sun Times - It was a historic day when the Bears acquired Khalil Mack from the Raiders.

Biggs: Eddie Goldman could be next after the Bears' blockbuster addition of Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - Bears GM Ryan Pace said the Bears are well positioned to take care of business after signing Khalil Mack to the largest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. That could mean an extension for nose tackle Eddie Goldman is next.

Campbell: Leonard Floyd returns to Bears practice with a club on his fractured right hand - Chicago Tribune - Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd returned to practice Monday with a casted club on his fractured right hand.

Wagaman: Raiders players were stunned by Khalil Mack trade - Chicago Tribune - Two days after the Oakland Raiders shipped Pro Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in a blockbuster deal that sent shock waves throughout the NFL, many of Mack's former teammates were still trying to come to terms with it.

Photos: Khalil Mack practices with the Bears - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Khalil Mack's first practice with the Bears on Sept. 3, 2018.

Campbell: 5 things to know from Khalil Mack's introductory press conference, including his readiness for Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - Bears linebacker Khalil Mack's readiness to play the Packers, ability to wreck a game plan and personalty traits were among five things to know from his introductory press conference Sunday.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears trade for Khalil Mack — what does it mean for 2018? - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Campbell: Your 3-word reviews on the Bears trade for Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - Trades like the one the Bears pulled off Saturday to acquire Khalil Mack don't really happen in today's NFL. No wonder the fan base spent Labor Day weekend doing social media backflips.

Finley: Will the Bears' Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd play Week 1? - Sun Times - The NFL world will be watching whether Khalil Mack can get ready for the season opener. The Bears will be watching two other players, too.

Potash: Bears Matt Nagy betting linebacker Aaron Lynch gets healthy, stays healthy; 'I like where he's at' - Sun Times - Lynch’s upside when healthy is intriguing, especially with is familiarity with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s system.

Potash: From Matt Nagy to Akiem Hicks to Prince Amukamara, Khalil Mack Effect invigorating Bears - Sun Times - With Mack in the Bears’ defense, Amukamara might not get 10 interceptions this season, but he’s almost certain to get a few more than he would have.

Mayer: Mack talks one-on-one with Bears website - - In an exclusive interview with, new Bears outside linebacker Kahlil Mack discussed the blockbuster trade that sent him to Chicago and delivered a special message to Bears fans.

Mayer: Roster moves: Bears sign 10 to practice squad - - The Bears on Monday signed 10 players to their practice squad, including rookie running back Ryan Nall, an undrafted free agent from Oregon State who rushed for a team-high 223 yards in the preseason.

Perez: Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims named 1 of preseason’s biggest winners - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims was one of the biggest winners from the 2018 preseason

Here’s what Bears players said about the Khalil Mack trade - Bears Wire - A look at what key Chicago Bears said about the trade to acquire Khalil Mack

Perez: Leonard Floyd practices with club on hand, expected to play Week 1 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB Leonard Floyd practiced with a club on his hand Monday and is expected to play in Week 1's game against the Packers

Stankevitz: How do you stop Khalil Mack? ‘Put, like, three guys on him’ - NBC Sports Chicago - There aren't very many ways to stop Khalil Mack, and Matt Nagy would know from the time the two spent going back and forth in the AFC West.

Stankevitz: Message received - With Khalil Mack, Bears players know they're all in on 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - Acquiring Khalil Mack eight days before the regular season starts brought a certain level of giddiness to Halas Hall as Green Bay week began on Monday.

Letizia: Khalil Mack’s Presence Marks Huge Turning Point in Chicago Bears History - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Ryan Pace has signaled the Chicago Bears are ready to win now by bringing in one of the greatest pass rushers of this generation – Khalil Mack.

Kane: Khalil Mack brings a 'whole new dynamic' to the Bears defense, new teammates say - Chicago Tribune - Two days after the Bears acquired Khalil Mack from the Raiders and extended his contract for six years and $141 million, he officially got to know his new teammates.

Campbell: Roquan Smith progressing from hamstring strain, could play part-time role vs. Packers - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith is progressing in his recovery from a left hamstring strain and could play a part-time role against the Packers in Sunday's opener.

Emma: How The Bears Pulled Off The Khalil Mack Blockbuster - 670 The Score - The Bears pulled off a monumental move in acquiring Khalil Mack.

Khalil Mack plays with a chip on his shoulder - 247Sports - "Absolutely. You carry all of that," Mack said. "I like looking at the negative stuff, it fuels me, lights a fire that will burn for a long time."

Eurich: How Khalil Mack will impact the Bears defense - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will instantly change their defense with the addition of Khalil Mack. The team traded for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday. No specifics are yet known in terms of compensation but what is known is that he has a chance to immediately improve Chicago's defense

Medina: Leonard Floyd Will be Chasing Down Packers This Sunday With a Club - Bleacher Nation - Leonard Floyd is getting used to the club life as he prepares for Week 1 against the Packers.

Finley: Bears players give Khalil Mack a warm welcome - - One day after his introductory press conference, new Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack met all of his new teammates and coaches Monday at Halas Hall before joining them on the practice field.


Vegas releases NFC North odds before regular season - 247Sports - The 2018 regular season will begin this week and the NFC North looks to be the most competitive division in the NFL.

Paxton Lynch to work out for Bills – ProFootballTalk - Former Broncos first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch is looking for a fresh start in his NFL career, and the first place he’ll look is Buffalo. Lynch has scheduled a workout with the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Derek Carr had ‘planned the next 10-15 years of our life’ with Khalil Mack on Raiders, forced to say goodbye to his ‘brother’ - Silver And Black Pride - The loss of Mack has understandably been a tough one for the Raiders franchise quarterback.

Working through the five stages of grief at the loss of Khalil Mack - Silver And Black Pride - After weeks and weeks of speculation and hearsay, Jon Gruden and the Raiders did the unthinkable. Traded their future Hall of Fame, Defensive end, Khalil Mack.

Despite Jon Gruden poor personnel track record he placed blame on Reggie McKenzie for Raiders awful offseason - Silver And Black Pride - Oakland Raiders Jon Gruden strikes again on personnel moves and finds a way to blame general manager Reggie McKenzie for it.

Raiders don’t have a salary cap problem, they have a balance problem - Silver And Black Pride - During the whole free agency period. and this latest contract debacle all we heard was cap, cap , cap. Lets make this perfectly clear the Raiders do not have a cap problem.

Jon Gruden says he ‘had nothing to do with’ negotiations with Khalil Mack but Raiders not ‘anywhere close’ to what Bears offered - Silver And Black Pride - A day after the Raiders made the decision to ship off the best defensive player they’ve drafted in two decades, Jon Gruden was set to take to the podium to explain why.

3 things I love, 3 things I hate about the Detroit Lions’ offseason - Pride Of Detroit - There was a lot to love and a lot to hate about the Lions’ 2018 offseason.

Packers’ dissolving 2017 draft class is following a dangerously similar path as 2015 - Acme Packing Company - Short tenures and stunted developments have plagued two of Ted Thompson’s final three draft classes in Green Bay.


L'Étoile du Nord: Bears Fandom - Windy City Gridiron - Fans of the mighty Chicago Bears, As some of you have read, I wrote a short FanPost some days ago to help me take a final decision on what team to root for. Many thanks to those that took the...

BearsFanSince1963: Who will the Mack trade help the MOST? - Windy City Gridiron - Years ago Jim McMahon, (Former Pro Bowl QB for the Bears.) was asked, " Which defense in the NFL do you fear the most? Which defense do you dread seeing across from you?" Expecting Jim to say...

MichaelJunior: Mack will now be teams best player - Windy City Gridiron - Most talent on defense we have had since 84-86 Bears.

MarquetteBullsFan: All the Pace haters - Windy City Gridiron - You can't say anything now. The results will have to speak for themselves, but Pace has literally done everything at this point to put us in a 4 year playoff contender window. Draft franchise QB?...

Zeglinski: Ryan Pace built the Bears through trades - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears general manager has long maintained how important it is to build through the draft. He’s never emphasized his greater focus: trading.

Zeglinski: Big-game hunting - Khalil Mack completes the Chicago Bears’ defense - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears had every piece in place on defense, except for a dominant edge rusher. A confident Mack’s arrival takes them to the next level in every imaginable way.

Leming: Projecting the 2018 NFL season - Every team’s record, playoffs and Super Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL regular season kicking off Thursday, enjoy a full-season mock that is bound to be completely wrong.

Infante: Chicago Bears officially announce 10-man practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - Many of the moves had been announced on Sunday, but the Bears officially announced their whole practice squad today.


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