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We finish recapping one of the strangest preseason game nights ever, a game entirely overshadowed by somebody not playing

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NFL: AUG 24 Preseason - Bears at Colts
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano talks to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) on the field before the week 3 NFL preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts on August 24, 2019 at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, IN.
Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Game Recap: Reserves lift Bears over Colts - ChicagoBears.com - Young players such as linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (45) made the most of expanded playing time Saturday night in Indianapolis, leading the Bears to a 27-17 preseason victory over the Colts.

Quick Hits: Pineiro kicks into high gear - ChicagoBears.com - Buoyed by becoming the only kicker on the Bears roster, Eddy Pineiro made all five of his kicks--highlighted by a booming 58-yard field goal--in Saturday night's preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Bears Bring Back Offensive Lineman Tommy Doles on a Waiver Claim - Bleacher Nation - Welcome back (again) Tommy Doles!

Bears Claim OL Tommy Doles Off Waivers - 670 The Score - The Bears were in need of tackle depth after multiple injuries.

Bears acquire Tommy Doles again - Windy City Gridiron - For the third time this offseason the Chicago Bears have acquired offensive lineman Tommy Doles who was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons released him and the Bears were awarded...

Andrew Luck’s Retirement Should Serve as a Warning for Mitch Trubisky - Da Bears Blog - Andrew Luck looked to me, coming out of Stanford, to be the surest thing in my lifetime. He was big. He was tough. He was smart. He had a brilliant arm. He came from a solid football lineage. There simply wasn’t a flaw in the game or character. When he ended up in Indianapolis, I penciled them into the postseason yearly for the next decade plus. Then he started getting hit. A lot. From day one.

Bears play a mixed bag in game overshadowed by Luck shocker - Daily Herald - The biggest problem with analyzing NFL exhibition games is that while the drop off from first to second stringers in the NFL is significant, the gap between key backups and third and fourth stringers is huge.

Bears 53-man roster projection: Eddy Pineiro makes the cut - NBC Sports Chicago - With time running out, the Bears appear to have got some significant clarity on their kicking situation over the last week.

Did Eddy Pineiro kick himself on to the Bears' roster on Saturday? - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddy Pineiro's 58-yard field goal Saturday night was one of the first truly encouraging moments of the Bears' kicking competition.

Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano says he ‘will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan’

Bears react to Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement: ‘He doesn’t owe us any reason’ - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears, in a small way, played a part in Saturday night's storyline that rocked Indianapolis and the NFL.

Eddy Pineiro makes his swag and powerful leg apparent in Bears' win - Bearmaven - Pineiro cites positive atmosphere fostered by Bears as a big plus.

Pagano lauds retiring Luck as ‘selfless, brilliant’ - ChicagoBears.com - Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who spent five seasons as Andrew Luck’s head coach with the Colts, praised the quarterback one day after Luck shocked the football world by announcing his retirement.

Inside slant: Bush steals the show - ChicagoBears.com - Safety Deon Bush swung momentum in the Bears’ favor with a dazzling interception return in the second quarter of Saturday night’s 27-17 preseason win over the Colts in Indianapolis.

Chuck Pagano: It took “great courage” for Andrew Luck to retire – ProFootballTalk - Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday when word came that Andrew Luck was retiring. Pagano was the Colts’ head coach for the first six years of Luck’s career.

Bears claim Tommy Doles off waivers – ProFootballTalk - The Bears claimed offensive lineman Tommy Doles off waivers from the Falcons, the team announced Sunday. Doles joins the Bears for the third time. Injuries to Bears offensive linemen Rashaad Coward (elbow) and T.J. Clemmings (leg) led to Doles’ return.

Bush, Kwiatkoski providing depth for Bears’ ‘D’ - Chicago Sun-Times - With Kwiatkoski’s help, Bush’s 91-yard interception-return TD sparks the preseason victory over the Colts.

Morrissey: Uh-oh — one prediction has Bears going 7-9, finishing last in division - Chicago Sun-Times - That’s Sports Illustrated’s forecast. Some advice for Bears fans: Don’t take one dark prediction personally and, if possible, tap the brakes once or twice about the season. Ken’s Note: Wait, Morrissey giving sound advice? What’s next, Jason La Canfora reporting accurate news? Nah, if nothing else in this ole world, we know La Canfora won’t ever be right about anything... the sun rises, La Canfora is wrong... that’s how the world works.

Andrew Luck retirement: Bears must remember lesson Colts learned too late - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s one thing to invest in a quarterback, but another to protect him. The Colts didn’t do the latter until last year. The damage, though, had been done.

Andrew Luck retires: Bears remember QB’s humility, toughness - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy, Danny Trevathan and Prince Amukamara share their memories, including a new story from Nagy, on the newly retired Colts QB.

Bears celebrate ‘swaggiest kicker’ Eddy Pineiro, who shows he can keep job - Chicago Sun-Times - Pineiro has the guts and leg strength required for all the intense moments that await him this season. He’s ready.

‘This was all so sudden’: The inside story on how Andrew Luck’s retirement news stunned the Bears and Colts fans as it spread across Lucas Oil Stadium - Chicago Tribune - It’s 9:28 p.m. on this same summer Saturday, and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter has just dropped the bomb that has rocked the football world. It’s a 38-word Tweet.

58-yard field goal has Bears feeling good about their kicker – ProFootballTalk - The Bears may have finally found their kicker. Eddy Pineiro went 2-for-2 on field goals on Saturday night, including a 58-yarder, and also made all three of his extra point attempts.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Column: Hey, Colts fans who booed the retiring Andrew Luck — what’s wrong with you? - Chicago Tribune - Do Colts fans who booed Andrew Luck after Saturday’s exhibition vs. the Bears because he feels he’s too injured to continue in the NFL lack empathy?

Ravens sign former Bears kicker Elliott Fry - NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bears kicker Elliott Fry has landed a new gig. Ken’s Note: Good luck Elliot! This is a “job for a week” but it will give Fry a chance to put some more kicks on tape in the process of extending his career.

Colts QB Andrew Luck stays true to himself in retirement - NFL.com - Once the shock of Andrew Luck’s shock decision to retire wears off, we should appreciate that Luck is the rare person who was true to himself, writes Judy Battista.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Vikings Kicking Competition is Open Again After Kaare Vedvik Missed Two Field Goals - Kaare Vedvik’s debut with the Vikings was a dud.

Vikings 3rd Preseason Game Notes - Daily Norseman - The Vikings are now 3-0 in pre-season, beating Arizona 20-9. But the first teams didn’t look good in the process, although there were some good individual performances mixed in with the bad.

Packers cut ties with former second round pick Josh Jones - Acme Packing Company - In a move everyone saw coming since May, the Packers have cut ties with yet another former second round pick.

Minnesota Vikings 20, Arizona Cardinals 9: Vikings’ starters look bad in “dress rehearsal” - Daily Norseman - It wasn’t pretty, but it was a victory

Packers release safety Josh Jones, according to Josh Jones - Acme Packing Company - The embattled safety finally worked his way out of Green Bay after all.

King, Allison make up Green Bay’s top 2019 Comeback Player candidates - Acme Packing Company - Each player is poised to have an improved, if not dynamic, season if healthy for Green Bay.

PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: Chicago Bears 27, Indianapolis Colts 17 - PFF - It was a game to forget for the Indianapolis Colts, and in more ways than one, as the 27-17 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears was almost entirely overshadowed by the news of Andrew Luck's retirement.

Jarrad Davis injury update: Detroit Lions LB has high ankle sprain, already feeling better - Pride Of Detroit - An update on Jarrad Davis’ injury

Report: Unlike Lions with Calvin Johnson, Colts not recouping any of Andrew Luck’s signing bonus - Pride Of Detroit - This puts the Lions’ decision to take Calvin Johnson’s money into question. Ken’s Note: POD’s words, not mine.

Detroit Lions preseason Week 3 report card: Grading the starters, depth vs. Bills - Pride Of Detroit - We take a look at how the Lions’ position groups played vs. the Bills.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Alex Brown and Matt Forte talking youth football, the 2019 Bears, and Olin Kreutz - Windy City Gridiron - On Friday afternoon, Lester got to hang out at Halas Hall for the Nike Training Day camp, and in doing so he got a couple exclusive interviews with Alex Brown and Matt Forte.

Chicago Bears Superlative Predictions for 2019: Who is the rising star? - Windy City Gridiron - In this seven-part, sensational, superlative series, we’re giving our picks for the 2019 Chicago Bears. Part-three features our choice for rising star!

Infante’s Bears vs. Colts: Notes from the Andrew Luck retirement game—and a Chicago win, too - Windy City Gridiron - The defense showed up, Eddy Pineiro looked sharp, and a bombshell broke in the middle of the game that shocked the league.

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