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The Bear’s Den, November 4, 2020

It’s turnaround day here in the Den, as it’s out with the Saints and in with the Titans.

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NFL: AUG 08 Preseason - Panthers at Bears
Chicago Bears offensive lineman Sam Mustipher (67) in game action during a NFL preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears on August 8, 2019 at Soldier Field
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NFL Week 8 Overreactions: No, Bears don’t need to cut Javon Wims - RSN - Yeah, no. Openly stumping for another person to lose their job in 2020 is certainly a choice. Wims throwing punches mid-game was regrettable (stupid’s another good word for it) but everyone rushing to be the loudest tough guy on the web ain’t exactly a great look either.

Roster Moves: Chicago Bears put OL Bobby Massie on IR; Germain Ifedi, Jason Spriggs on COVID-19 list - - The Bears on Tuesday put offensive linemen Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs on the reserve/COVID-19 list, placed right tackle Bobby Massie on injured reserve and promoted Lachavious Simmons from the practice squad.

Report: Bears OL Jason Spriggs tests positive for COVID-19 - 670 The Score - An already decimated Bears offensive line has suffered further attrition.

Bears stand pat at NFL trade deadline - 670 The Score - Despite having several needs to address – particularly on the offensive line – the Bears stood pat as the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon.

Bears rookie Darnell Mooney running with his opportunity - 670 The Score - Bears rookie receiver Darnell Mooney has found success early on while impressing the team with a maturity level that exceeds that of many his age.

Report: Bears tackle Bobby Massie could miss a month - 670 The Score - Bears right tackle Bobby Massie could miss a month after suffering a left knee injury in his team’s loss to the Saints on Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bears put OT Jason Spriggs, RG Germain Ifedi on reserve/COVID-19 list; RT Bobby Massie to IR - Chicago Sun-Times - Spriggs is almost certainly out Sunday, though Ifedi could be cleared if he progresses through the return-to-play protocol.

Bears’ Jason Spriggs has COVID-19, Germain Ifedi was close contact - ProFootballTalk - The Bears will be moving two offensive lineman to the COVID-19 reserve list.

Why Bears, Ryan Pace did nothing at NFL trade deadline - RSN - First: The Bears, internally, did at least consider adding offensive lineman in the last week or so. That doesn’t necessarily mean the process went beyond mere consideration. But there was not inaction within Halas Hall as the trade deadline approached.

Did the Bears get better on offense in a loss? – The Athletic - Looking at some positives -- yes, positives -- from the Bears' loss to the Saints.

Charting the blockbuster Bears-Raiders Khalil Mack deal – The Athletic - Taking a longer view of the 2018 trade that netted the Bears Khalil Mack.

Nick Foles: Chicago Bears QB's Week 8 performance - Chicago Tribune - With a chance to go up 17-3 just before halftime Sunday, the Chicago Bears again sputtered inside the red zone. It was a familiar reminder of the shortcomings of a struggling offense.

Chicago Bears: 3 observations from Week 8 loss - Chicago Tribune - Three observations from rewatching the Bears-Saints telecast, beginning with the Saints’ lone red-zone score shortly before halftime.

Chicago Bears' Jason Spriggs tests positive for COVID-19 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are bracing to be without right tackle Bobby Massie for a significant period, and his replacement, Jason Spriggs, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to two league sources.

Bears’ Matt Nagy responds to Zach Miller: ‘I appreciate everyone’s suggestions’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Thanks for all the "opinions and thoughts, suggestions," but Nagy isn’t interested. And he seems resolute about sticking with Nick Foles over Mitch Trubisky.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos calmly returns to Nashville, site of ‘painful, disappointing’ day - Chicago Sun-Times - Santos is the only NFL kicker in the past decade to have an 0-for-4 day. But he seems unbothered going back to Nashville as the Bears visit the Titans on Sunday.

NFL makes changes to sideline to discourage coronavirus spread - Chicago Sun-Times - In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on game day, the NFL is expanding each team’s bench area to run between both 20-yard lines to encourage social distancing.

Bears receiver Darnell Mooney has exponential potential - Chicago Sun-Times - Blessed with speed, the rookie wide receiver from Tulane has the maturity and polish at 23 to parlay his good fortune into immediate NFL success, with plenty of room for growth.


Source: 16-team postseason would happen if 18th week doesn’t get all games in - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Plan A for making up any and all postponed games would consist of adding an eighteenth week to the regular season. Plan B, if an extra week doesn’t allow all games to be played, would entail expanding the postseason to 16 teams.


Packers add TE Dax Raymond to practice squad - Acme Packing Company - The Packers did make a small move at the trade deadline. Sort of.

Not Trading for Will Fuller (or someone) is ridiculous. - Acme Packing Company - You have big holes! Fix the holes! What is wrong with you?

Norse Code Podcast Episode 348: The Perfect (Wind) Storm - Daily Norseman - Norse Code is back to talk about the win over the Packers. The wind, the running game, the strip sack, and more! We also talk about Ezra Cleveland’s growth, Wonnum and his good play, and how everything seemed to conspire in the Vikings favor.

Detroit Lions stand pat at trade deadline - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions will move forward with the players they’ve got.

Report: Lions place Jarrad Davis on Covid-19 list - Pride Of Detroit - The linebacker becomes the first Detroit player to be placed on this list since training camp.

Titans to cut Vic Beasley - ProFootballTalk - In March the Titans signed pass rusher Vic Beasley to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. It never panned out, and now he’s on the way out.


Infante: Bears place OL Jason Spriggs and Germain Ifedi on COVID-19 list, Bobby Massie on IR - Windy City Gridiron - Health-related issues have plagued the Bears’ offensive line in a major way.

Infante's Film study: How did Sam Mustipher do in his first career start? - Windy City Gridiron - Sam Mustipher made his first career start against the Saints, so how did the second-year center do on Sunday?

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints recap - Windy City Gridiron - More ugly football, but at least it wasn’t a blow out. Who showed up and who is trending the wrong way?

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Bears still slipping - Windy City Gridiron - We run around some various NFL power rankings to see what the experts think about the Chicago Bears.


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