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The Bear’s Den, October 15, 2020

COVID visits the Bears as they prepare for the Carolina Panthers.

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Jim Flanigan vs. Carolina

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Matt Nagy mum on Bears’ potential interest in Le’Veon Bell - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy declined to discuss whether his team would be interested in signing free-agent running back Le’Veon Bell, who was released by the Jets.

Bears assistant Juan Castillo steps away as COVID precaution - 670 The Score - Castillo hasn’t tested positive but will be away from the Bears this week.

Bears place James Daniels on injured reserve - 670 The Score - The Bears on Wednesday placed guard James Daniels on injured reserve after he suffered a season-ending pectoral tear last Thursday. The team promoted offensive lineman Sam Mustipher from the practice squad to replace Daniels on the active roster.

Roster Moves: Chicago Bears place LG James Daniels on IR, elevate OL Sam Mustipher from practice squad - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday placed left guard James Daniels on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Sam Mustipher to the active roster.

Chicago Bears boast NFL’s No.1 red-zone defense - ChicagoBears.com - One of the main reasons the Bears have opened the season with a 4-1 record is their defense’s ability to keep opponents out of the end zone and force them to settle for field goals.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' weekly Chicago Bears mailbag includes several questions about the struggling running game. Could veteran Lamar Miller, signed to the practice squad last week, be part of the answer?

Why Roquan Smith is starting to become ‘the leader of the defense’ for the Bears – The Athletic - For Roquan Smith, the next step this week against the Panthers is avoiding the spin cycle.

From the CFL to the NFL and back, Henry Burris is still chasing opportunity – The Athletic - “Smilin’ Hank” is back with the Chicago Bears.

How the Bears aim to replace Tarik Cohen, James Daniels and Eddie Goldman – The Athletic - Look out for Lamar Miller, Alex Bars, Rashaad Coward and John Jenkins to potentially fill some holes for the Bears.

Teddy Bridgewater or Nick Foles? The Bears’ QB decision and more in 5 takeaways – The Athletic - Was Nick Foles the right choice? And how should we measure the Bears defense's success?

5 explanations for Bears tight end Cole Kmet's disappointing start to 2020 - RSN - Through five games, Bears rookie tight end Cole Kmet has as many catches as holding penalties (one). The team’s highest draft pick in 2020 has found himself squarely behind Demetrius Harris on the depth chart. So what’s going on here? There are a few different ways to explain it.

Why Bears going after Le'Veon Bell makes just enough sense now - RSN - On Tuesday night, esteemed colleague and fellow podcast host (subscribe and review!) JJ Stankevitz made a clear-eyed, well-crafted argument that the Bears shouldn't trade for disgruntled New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell. It made sense for lots of reasons, all of which were hard to disagree with.

Bears film review: A big missed opportunity, Matt Nagy's clock management - RSN - Adam Hoge and JJ Stankevitz break down two plays from Thursday's Bears-Bucs game that illustrate two important aspects of Matt Nagy's offense.

Wood: Bears at the Mini-Bye Volume II - Offensive Personnel Usage - Da Bears Blog - Today I want to explore how the Bears are deploying their skill position players, using lineup data from the NFL Game Statistics Information System.

Chicago Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo to isolate after close contact tests positive for COVID-19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo will quarantine away from the team through Sunday after being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Nick Foles, Matt Nagy playing the trust game - Chicago Sun-Times - Their animated sideline conversation last week was part of the process of forging the kind of quarterback/play-caller bond that makes a good offense tick. "Nags and I are on the same page."

Matt Nagy doesn't rule out Le'Veon Bell - ProFootballTalk - Bears coach Matt Nagy was asked about the possibility of Bell signing in Chicago. Nagy didn’t rule it out.

Bears give tryout to former Notre Dame star Manti Te’o, 2 other linebackers - Chicago Sun-Times - Te’o hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2017, but is trying to extend his career at 29.

Bears need Le’Veon Bell to boost sputtering run game - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears need all the help they can get on offense, especially in the ground game, and Bell could be their answer.

Bears OL coach Juan Castillo quarantining through Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - Though neither the Bears nor their next opponent produced a new positive test Wednesday, the coronavirus crept closer to both teams.

Bears promote OL Sam Mustipher to take James Daniels’ roster spot - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears put starting left guard James Daniels on injured reserve, six days after he hurt his pec injury in the second half against the Buccaneers. He figures to miss the rest of the season.

Bears opponent Carolina implements NFL precautions after opponent tests positive - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are scheduled to face the Panthers on Sunday.

Le'Veon Bell: Should Chicago Bears sign running back? - Chicago Tribune - The Jets are releasing running back Le'Veon Bell. The Bears have the 27th-ranked rushing offense in the NFL. Some have linked Bell as an option for the Bears — but not so fast.

Juan Castillo: Chicago Bears O-line coach in quarantine - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo will be away from the team this week in preparation for their game against the Carolina Panthers after he self-reported he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Chicago Bears: Is Cole Kmet's development on pace? - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears rookie Cole Kmet has played 104 offensive snaps (31%), and tight ends coach Clancy Barone noted that’s about how many Kmet would have had in an NFL preseason during a normal year. So Barone thinks Kmet is “right on schedule” with his growth within the Bears offense.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jets officially release Le'Veon Bell - ProFootballTalk - The Le'Veon Bell era on the Jets has officially ended.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Carolina Panthers Kawann Short to IR after shoulder surgery - Cat Scratch Reader - Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawaan Short has been placed on injured reserve. Head coach Matt Rhule announced today that his shoulder injury would require season ending surgery.

Panthers vs Bears injury report: Brian Burns, Kawann Short miss today’s practice - Cat Scratch Reader - The Panthers had a few key players on the sideline for today’s practice.

Panthers vs Bears injury report: Brian Burns, Kawann Short miss today’s practice - Cat Scratch Reader - The Panthers had a few key players on the sideline for today’s practice.

The Carolina Panthers enter the NFL’s intensive COVID-19 protocols - Cat Scratch Reader - No Panthers player has tested positive since the potential exposure in Atlanta

An open apology to Panthers running back Mike Davis - Cat Scratch Reader - Before this season I viewed Mike Davis’ $3 million salary as a waste of precious cap space. I’m happy to admit I was wrong.

Panthers vs Bears offensive preview: More Mike Davis should help mash the Midway monsters - Cat Scratch Reader - Mike Davis has stepped in admirably, and his services will be required once again, this time against his former team.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears place James Daniels on injured reserve, sign Sam Mustipher - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have made the expected move of placing starting left guard James Daniels on injured reserve.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - We break down the three sacks the Bears allowed against the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Cairos Santos’ job status for 2020, top rookie through five games and replacing James Daniels - Windy City Gridiron - Does Cairo Santos lose his job when Eddy Pineiro is healthy? How will the Bears replace James Daniels moving forward? All of these questions and more are answered in Week 6’s mailbag.

Schmitz' Rule of 3: Talking through the Chicago Bears’ big win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Rule of 3, Robert S, Brandon Robinson, and Danny Meehan walk through the ups and downs of the Chicago Bears’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wiltfong: Bears in talks with the city on allowing fans back at Soldier Field - Windy City Gridiron - According to a report from WGN News, the Chicago Bears have been talking with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about allowing some fans to come back to Soldier Field.

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