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The Bear’s Den, July 3, 2020

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The NFL and NFLPA have not yet cut a deal for this year’s camp, pre-season and season’s details, plus much more

Denmaster Ken (left) and Bears President George McCaskey (right) in 2019 at Bourbonnais.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Welcome to Jay Cutler’s Chicken Songs week...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Matt Nagy, Bears may be facing ironic end to 2020 preseason plans - NBC Sports Chicago - Just when Matt Nagy actually wants to play his starters in preseason games, there might not be a preseason. Ironic, right?

Bears’ Allen Robinson included in Big 10’s All-Decade team - NBC Sports Chicago - The WR set all sorts of records at Penn State.

Injury Report: Mitchell Trubisky is at Full Strength - On Tap Sports Net - Mitchell Trubisky is 100% recovered form his torn labrum and its time to put up or shut up.

Opinion: Jaylon Johnson is the Best Option for the Bears at CB2 - On Tap Sports Net - Jaylon Johnson should be the Bears’ number two corner in 2020.

Five Bears Most Likely to Take the Next Big Step Up - SI.com - Improvement is natural for talented players with time spent in an offensive or defensive system.

NFL analyst says Bears OLB Khalil Mack isn’t elite, which is absurd - Bears Wire - NFL.com analyst Adam Schein is the latest to pile it on Mack.

Chalk Talk: Who will be the Chicago Bears’ No. 2 wide receiver? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the competition for the second starting receiver position, current Bears who would excel as two-way players and Bears who have scored at least four touchdowns in a game.

Chicago Bears TE Demetrius Harris feels primed to have best career season - ChicagoBears.com - Reuniting with coach Matt Nagy and playing in a system he’s familiar with, new Bears tight end Demetrius Harris is confident that he’ll make an impact in his first season in Chicago.

5k - Chicago Bears Official Website - Chicago Bears 5k: Race, Support, Celebrate. Virtually. Lace up your sneakers and join us July 10-12 in the first-ever PNC Chicago Bears VIRTUAL 5K and Kids Dash. This summer we’re inviting Bears fans across the country to come together, even when we’re apart, to support our communities most in need, all while running their favorite 5K course.

NFL cutting preseason from 4 games to 2 - Chicago Tribune - Trimming the NFL preseason to two games creates questions for Bears coach Matt Nagy about his open competition for the quarterback job between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: NFL to play black national anthem before season openers - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” commonly known as the black national anthem, before every season opener, Jason Reid of ESPN reports.

Report: NFL uninterested in delaying 2021 draft even if college plays in spring - ProFootballTalk - Every football league is considering every scenario for getting this season played.

NFL chief medical officer says protocols will change and evolve during the season - ProFootballTalk - The NFL is putting together protocols for playing the 2020 season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but those protocols will change as the season goes on.

"Opt out" rights for players could create a complicated set of issues - ProFootballTalk - As the NFL and NFL Players Association try to reach a comprehensive agreement on the contours and requirements of football season in a pandemic, one of the most important issues for discussion relates to the ability of players to make the conscientious decision to opt out.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Disturbing resurgence" puts pandemic "completely in flux" - ProFootballTalk - It wasn’t supposed to be this way as the Fourth of July approached. The new cases of COVID-19 registered on July 1 wasn’t supposed to set a new single-day record. Numbers weren’t supposed to be skyrocketing as temperatures increased.

Cam Newton: This is about respect, not money - ProFootballTalk - The terms of the contract that quarterback Cam Newton agreed to with the Patriots include $500,000 in guaranteed money, a $1.05 million base salary and a collection of roster bonuses and incentives that could push the total value of the one-year deal to $7.5 million.

NFLPA has not signed off on shortened preseason - NFL.com - There has been no decision on the upcoming NFL preseason as some members of the NFL Players Association are in favor of playing no preseason games ahead of the 2020 NFL season, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday evening.

Chicago murals: Giant honey bear mural at West Town viadcut offers a nod to Chicago culture - Chicago Sun-Times - Created by a San Francisco artist who goes by ‘fnnch,’ viaduct art work speaks to our sports fanaticism and gangster past, among other things.

Sports teams must adapt, medical experts say - Chicago Tribune - As sports return one by one, uncertainty prevails.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Does Khalil Mack have something to prove? - Windy City Gridiron - NFL.com is picking Khalil Mack as one of the players under the most pressure in 2020.

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