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The Bear’s Den, December 4, 2020

Mack was held out of practice today but Hicks returned, while the Lions have injury concerns of their own

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Which Bears future do you want to see? - Bearly Sane Podcast - Talking about the Bears future. Do you want to see the Bears make the playoffs or you want to see them lose out for a better draft pick? MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!! I dive into the Bears playoff history (or lack of playoff history) and also break down the history of first round quarterbacks and why the crap shoot scares me off of the idea of “the Bears HAVE to draft a quarterback”. Check it out!

Khalil Mack out again, Bears confident he'll play Sunday - ProFootballTalk - “I don’t think it’s anything that we’re real concerned about,” Nagy said, via Adam Hoge of NBCSportsChicago.com.

Bears QB Nick Foles practices in full - Chicago Sun-Times - He will serve as the Bears’ backup Sunday, though, after Nagy declared Mitch Trubisky the starter earlier this week.

Bears defense: ‘We never quit,’ even if Tony Dungy said we did - Chicago Sun-Times - As the Packers celebrated Jamaal Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run and a 41-10 lead late in the third quarter Sunday night, NBC analyst Tony Dungy broke down the replay with a rare critical comment.

Bears are fine at tight end — if rookie Cole Kmet is on his way to stardom - Chicago Sun-Times - Kmet is probably the only tight end who will be back next season, leaving the Bears in similar shape as they were a year ago. If he grows into a pass-catching monster, that’s fine.

Bears’ Akiem Hicks returns to practice, Khalil Mack still out - Chicago Sun-Times - Sixteen days after leaving the Vikings game with a hamstring injury, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to practice Thursday for the first time.

Bears predictions: Week 13 vs. Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ game Sunday against the Lions at Soldier Field.

George McCaskey: Chicago Bears chairman facing difficult decisions - Chicago Tribune - A five-game losing streak has brought ugly questions back to Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey's doorstep. When this season ends, will another series of significant changes be in order at Halas Hall? If so, just how wide must the ax swing?

Bears 2021 NFL Draft: Why tanking for Trey Lance, Zach Wilson is problematic - RSN - The Bears could probably get a top-10 draft pick if they were to lose the rest of their games. But all that losing would create more problems than Trey Lance or Zach Wilson could solve.

Should the Bears change Ted Phillips' role? – The Athletic - If a Bears shakeup is on the horizon, George McCaskey should consider every avenue, including changing Ted Phillips' role.

Chicago Bears defense determined to bounce back after Week 12 loss to Green Bay Packers - ChciagoBears.com - Preparing to face the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field, the Bears defense is being fueled by an insatiable desire to rebound from its poor performance in Green Bay.

Choosing Sides: How many receiving yards will Chicago Bears WR Robinson have vs. Detroit Lions? - ChciagoBears.com - This week our panel—including one former Bears star receiver—predicts how many yards Allen Robinson II will compile Sunday against the Lions.

Chalk Talk: Will injury keep Khalil Mack out of Chicago Bears Week 13 game vs. Detroit Lions? - ChciagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Khalil Mack’s back issue, who will serve as the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback Sunday and if the Bears are making any changes after seeing the Broncos have to play a game without a quarterback due to COVID.

Khalil Mack chosen as Chicago Bears nominee for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award - ChciagoBears.com - Outside linebacker Khalil Mack has been selected as the Bears nominee for the seventh annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

Hicks returns to practice; Bears hold out Mack as precaution - 670 The Score - The Bears hope to have two of their defensive stars healthier against the Lions on Sunday, with defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (hamstring) returning to practice Thursday while edge rusher Khalil Mack (back) was held out as a precaution.

Nagy meets with Bears defense to clarify critical comments - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy was critical of his team’s defense in a 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday night. After that critique, he met with the defense in an attempt to clarify his comments.

Bears see Tony Dungy’s assertion they gave up ‘unfortunate’ - 670 The Score - NBC analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy suggested the Bears defense gave up in a 41-25 loss against the Packers on Sunday. In the aftermath, the Bears have taken exception to the comment.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL Week 13 game picks: Undefeated no more! Washington stuns Steelers - NFL.com - Is the Steelers’ undefeated run about to end in shocking fashion? Who’ll prevail in an enticing showdown of 8-3 teams: Cleveland or Tennessee? Gregg Rosenthal picks every game on the Week 13 slate.

NFL reinstates Josh Gordon for last two games - ProFootballTalk - The NFL has reinstated the receiver from his suspension, with Gordon eligible to return in Week 16, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports. That means Gordon can play the final two games of the regular season and into the postseason.

Adam Gase admits he hasn't done a good enough job developing Sam Darnold - ProFootballTalk - In Sam Darnold‘s three seasons as the Jets’ franchise quarterback, there’s been little sign of improvement. Jets coach Adam Gase is willing to take some blame for that.

Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow undergoes 'successful' knee surgery - NFL.com - The Bengals announced the rookie quarterback underwent "successful" surgery Wednesday, 10 days after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions injury report: D’Andre Swift sidelined with illness, but clears concussion protocol - Pride Of Detroit - Swift has clearly been suffering some serious symptoms after a concussion has now held him out for two games and possibly more.

Detroit Lions fan confidence is back after firing of Matt Patricia - Pride Of Detroit - Turns out it was a Happy Thanksgiving after all.

Lions LB Jamie Collins on Matt Patricia firing: ‘It is what it is’ - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions linebacker knows he still has a job to do despite losing his head coach.

NFL Week 13 preview: Will the Detroit Lions look like a new team vs. the Bears? - Pride Of - Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears game preview and prediction.

Detroit Lions head coach candidates: Everything you need to know about Robert Saleh - Pride Of Detroit - If you’re a fan of Robert Saleh—or even if you aren’t—you can’t miss this.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong - No practice for Khalil Mack, but Akiem Hicks was back - Windy City Gridiron - Thursday’s injury report for the Chicago Bears was the cleanest it’s been in weeks, but the one player still sitting out is a big one. For the second consecutive day Khalil Mack received a DNP (did...

Zimmerman: Laurence Holmes: In or Out - Theo Epstein as Chicago Bears President? - Windy City Gridiron - Laurence Holmes joins the Bears Banter Podcast and discusses if the Bears should start a new regime.

Houesholder’s Week 13 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - Is this the week the Bears get it together and get off the schneid?

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