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The Bear’s Den, December 17, 2020

On the bright side, at least none of Chicago’s players have broken their throats this year... now that we know that’s a thing.

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Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears
Frank Ragnow #77 of the Detroit Lions and Roy Robertson-Harris #95 of the Chicago Bears during the game at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago
Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images



Chicago Bears: COVID-19 test snafu delays practice - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ latest round of COVID-19 tests never made it to the laboratory to be processed for results. In turn, the team had to do a round of re-testing and subsequently pushed Wednesday practice back four hours.

Bears change practice schedule after courier snafu - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears delayed the start of Wednesday’s practice by four hours because of a problem with the courier tasked with delivering the team’s latest round of coronavirus tests to the NFL’s lab.

Roquan Smith: Coach wants more from Chicago Bears linebacker - Chicago Tribune - When the Chicago Bears’ Roquan Smith acted on instinct during a third-quarter goal-line stand against the Houston Texans, his coach believes the linebacker took another step toward elite status.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Some common themes emerged in Brad Biggs’ weekly Chicago Bears mailbag after the 36-7 rout of the Houston Texans, starting with whether Mitch Trubisky could figure in the plans for 2021. Other burning topics include the offensive line’s improvement with the current lineup and if Trubisky’s recent surge is due to the change in play callers.

Bears sit idle as GM candidate Louis Riddick interviews with Lions, Texans - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s not just about Riddick, who might or might not be the right fit for the Bears. The point is that if they make a move, they’ll already be behind four teams that fired their GM during the season. That being said, Riddick would make a lot of sense in Chicago. Ken’s Note: Ummm... this is a CRAZY assumption, Jason. You don’t interview people until you fire the people currently in the job.

5 things you may not know about Chicago Bears All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson - - Eddie Jackson has been a defensive standout since arriving in Chicago in 2017. Here are five things you may not know about the All-Pro safety.

4 things we learned from Chicago Bears WR coach Mike Furrey about Allen Robinson II, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller - - Bears receivers coach Mike Furrey recently spoke to the media about Allen Robinson II’s consistency, rookie Darnell Mooney’s maturity and poise, and more.

Can Trubisky Make the 2021 Quarterback Decision Interesting? Yes, He Can - Da Bears Blog - As the Chicago Bears offense had roared back to life with Mitch Trubisky under center, some Bears fans are getting excited about what his play can mean for his future and the future of the franchise.

Mario Edwards remains active with Bears amid investigation - 670 The Score - Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. remains active and continues to work with the team amid an NFL investigation into his actions after he was charged with assault stemming from an incident at a Charlotte hotel in October.

Matt Nagy putting Mitch Trubisky in his comfort zone - Chicago Sun-Times - Going up-tempo, moving the pocket, utilizing TE Cole Kmet and RB David Montgomery are all elements that have sparked Trubisky’s resurgence. “These are things I’ve been asking for,” he said.

Two Bears starting CBs dealing with injuries - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy called rookie Jaylon Johnson “day-to-day” after he hurt his right shoulder in the third quarter of the Bears’ win against the Texans on Sunday. Nickel cornerback Buster Skrine remained in concussion protocol after hurting his head in the Bears’ loss to the Lions on Dec. 6.

Washington signs RB Lamar Miller away from Bears practice squad - Chicago Sun-Times - Miller played in one game for the Bears this season, catching two passes for six yards against the Vikings on Nov. 16.

Bears coach Matt Nagy addresses Mario Edwards’ assault charge, virus violations - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy said Edwards’ violation of NFL and team coronavirus rules “was dealt with internally.” He wouldn’t say how.

Chicago Bears react to Mario Edwards Jr. assault charge - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday the team was made aware of the incident involving defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. and a 28-year-old woman at a Charlotte, N.C., hotel on the night it happened.

Roquan Smith, Cole Kmet big parts of Bears’ core – The Athletic - From Roquan Smith to David Montgomery to Cole Kmet, the Bears have strong young pieces to build around.

An evolving Bears offense, Mitch Trubisky’s role and more – The Athletic - What did Mitch Trubisky do so well Sunday? And what’s behind Roquan Smith’s breakout?


Skeleton slider plows head-first into broom that was left on the ice - - Someone’s in big trouble.

Alex Smith feels “all right” but uncertain if he can play Sunday - ProFootballTalk - “I feel all right,” he said Wednesday, via Sam Fortier of The Washington Post. “It’s early in the week, and we’ll see how it goes.


Report: Lions center Frank Ragnow suffers fractured throat vs. Packers - Pride Of Detroit - Excuse me... what?

2020 NFL playoff picture: Packers or Saints in race for NFC’s No. 1 seed? - - With just three weeks left in the 2020 NFL regular season, who’s in the driver’s seat for the NFC’s No. 1 seed (and its accompanying first-round bye)? Cynthia Frelund says it’s basically a two-team race.

Lions center Frank Ragnow dealing with fractured throat - - Lions center Frank Ragnow suffered a fractured throat in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Packers, Ian Rapoport reported.

Detroit Lions sign QB Jordan Ta’amu to practice squad following Matthew Stafford injury - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions make a late-season grab for a quarterback. That doesn’t appear to bode well for Matthew Stafford.

Matthew Stafford misses Wednesday’s practice, but Lions say he could still play - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions quarterback has not been ruled out this week.


Wiltfong: Washington signed Lamar Miller off the Bears practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - According to a report from JP Finlay, who covers the Washington Football Team for NBC Sports, Washington has signed Chicago Bears’ practice squad running back Lamar Miller to their active roster.

Windy City Gridiron Chicago Bears Free Agency Round Table: Part 4 - Windy City Gridiron - What does the future hold for Nick Foles, Akiem Hicks, Sam Mustipher, Eddy Pinero and the rest of the Chicago Bears Free Agents and Veteran Cut/Trade Candidates?

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 14 vs. the Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Three sacks allowed by the Bears this week to break down, plus a look at their sack percentage so far this year.


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