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The Bear’s Den, August 24, 2020

Quads, Ankles and ACL’s, Oh My! Training camp is 2020ing the Bears and other teams around the league

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Chicago Bears center Cody Whitehair (65) runs drills during training camp at Halas Hall.
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Chicago Bears: 9 false positive COVID-19 tests - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears pushed back Sunday’s practice to the afternoon after COVID-19 tests indicated nine players or staff members were positive — results that later proved to be false positives.

Cairo Santos: Chicago Bears set to sign veteran placekicker - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' decision to sign kicker Cairo Santos came as a surprise Saturday. What does it mean for Eddy Pineiro's status?

Khalil Mack: Chicago Bears ready for better season - Chicago Tribune - After what many considered a down year in 2019, Khalil Mack has gone into overdrive this offseason and said he can't wait to get back on the field.

Chicago Bears: Running back David Montgomery’s body change - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery was frustrated with some of his limitations as a rookie. He worked on his diet and his body this offseason and is now trimmer and appearing quicker as well.

Learning More About the Chicago Bears' Partnership With Zebra Technologies - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as Will DeWitt is joined by the head of Zebra Sports John Pollard who explained how Zebra collects a tremendous amount of data in practice and at games, what sorts of stats teams are interested in, how the technology is enabling teams to prolong players’ careers, and much more

Bears Expected to Sign Veteran Kicker - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears are expected to sign veteran kicker Cairo Santos.

Answers to Bears Offensive Line Questions Begin to Form - - Bears coach Matt Nagy took a long look at the film after Saturday's controlled scrimmage and saw visible development, although he admits it's tough to project it to three weeks from now in Detroit.

A 2:51 A.M. False Alarm for Bears Provides Real Scare - - "And usually when there's a call at 2:51 in the morning, there's something to it," Nagy said Sunday afternoon after his team's light practice.

Chicago Bears breathe sigh of relief after moving Sunday's training camp practice following false positive COVID-19 tests - - In what coach Matt Nagy described as “the year of the contingency plan,” the Bears moved Sunday’s practice from 9:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. following nine false positive COVID-19 tests.

Chicago Bears players, coaches discuss playing NFL games in stadiums without fans due to COVID-19 - - Bears players and coaches share their thoughts on playing games with no fans present for the first time in NFL history due to COVID-19.

Monstrous Mack on ’20 season: ‘This is gonna be fun’ - - Star pass rusher Khalil Mack was thoroughly disappointed with the Bears' 2019 season and he can't wait to start their 2020 campaign.

Virus scare won’t be last in Bears’ ‘year of the contingency plan’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Nine tests taken by players and staff, administered by the Bears and sent to the BioReference laboratory Saturday, came back positive for coronavirus overnight. By 9 a.m. Sunday, the team conducted its own testing and found them to be false positives.

Whitehair, Leno take leadership roles on O-line - Chicago Sun-Times - It remains to be seen if the Bears’ offensive line and running game will be better under Juan Castillo. Even coach Matt Nagy conceded he won’t know for sure until the Sept. 13 opener against the Lions.

Bears want kicker insurance amid COVID concerns, Eddy Pineiro’s injury - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy says the best precaution they can take for the upcoming season is to keep two kickers on the roster, which is why they intend to sign Cairo Santos in the next day or two.

Bears’ QB battle to last until the end of time, coach Matt Nagy says - Chicago Sun-Times - For those eager to see who will start the opener for the Bears, the wait continues.

Bears WR Allen Robinson, DT Akiem Hicks remain out with injuries - Chicago Sun-Times - Both players — two of the best on the Bears’ roster — have missed multiple days, and the team has just two weeks left before beginning Week 1 preparations.

Chicago Bears: 3 practice observations - Chicago Tribune - The season opener Sept. 13 in Detroit is less than three weeks away, but the Chicago Bears are nowhere near making a decision in the quarterback battle between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.

Mack intends to have fun, ‘rise to the occasion’ - - Dripping with sweat while working out during a video call with the media, Bears star outside linebacker Khalil Mack candidly discussed his determination to rebound this season after not performing up to his own high standards last year.

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery slimmed down in offseason by changing diet - - Bears running back David Montgomery slimmed down in the offseason by changing his diet, hoping to be more productive in his second NFL season than he was as a rookie last year.

Chicago Bears hold first live-tackling training camp session in scrimmage-like practice at Halas Hall - - The Bears on Saturday continued to prepare for their Sept. 13 season opener in Detroit, holding their first live-tackling periods of training camp during a scrimmage-like practice at Halas Hall.

Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims working hard in training camp to improve weaknesses - - Bears receivers coach Mike Furrey is pleased with the progress that third-year pro Javon Wims is making in training camp, especially in regard to working diligently to improve weaknesses in his game.

Bears Report 9 False-Positive COVID-19 Test Results - 670 The Score - The Bears pushed back their scheduled morning practice Sunday until 1:30 p.m. after the team’s COVID-19 test results returned nine tests deemed false positives.

Salo: Chicago Bears Injury Update - Akiem Hicks held out of third straight practice - Windy City Gridiron - Find out which Bears missed practice today.


Lamar Jackson dealing with "soft tissue thing" - ProFootballTalk - Quarterback Lamar Jackson missed a second straight practice on Sunday, which led to a question for head coach John Harbaugh about his condition.

False positives illustrate the challenges the NFL may face - ProFootballTalk - What if that had happened three Sundays from now, instead of this Sunday?

Bucs place T.J. Logan, John Franklin III on injured reserve - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers placed running back T.J. Logan and receiver John Franklin III on injured reserve Sunday, the team announced.

Teams canceling practices due to testing irregularities - - Multiple NFL teams are changing or canceling football activities on Sunday following irregularities in results from Saturday's COVID-19 test results from the same lab in New Jersey, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Reggie Ragland: Detroit Lions have same qualities as Super Bowl-winning Chiefs - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions linebacker sees a lot of things he likes in this Detroit team.


Report: Detroit Lions 1 of several teams affected by false positives from NJ lab - Pride Of Detroit - 1 Lions player returned another false-positive, per a report.

Re-tests of Vikings players come back negative for COVID-19 - Daily Norseman - Still no indication of why they came back positive in the first place

Packers Training Camp 8/23: Practice still on amid apparent false positive COVID-19 tests - Acme Packing Company - Despite a rash of positive tests at one of the league’s primary labs, the Packers are still heading out to the field this morning.


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Wiltfong: Bears postpone practice after COVID-19 testing irregularities - Windy City Gridiron - Nine false positive COVID-19 tests on the Bears prompt them to reschedule today’s practice at Halas Hall.

Over/under on offensive touches for Cordarrelle Patterson - Windy City Gridiron - Our latest WCG Chicago Bears round table comes to a close today with a question about a player that had some buzz surrounding him last week, Cordarrelle Patterson. Or should I say, running back,...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Training Camp Quick Hit for 8/22 - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears were back in full pads today at Halas Hall, and this time they spent the majority of the practice going 11 on 11. They had referees out on the practice field to help simulate the...

Duerrwaechter: Bears add Cairo Santos with Eddy Pineiro slowed by a groin injury - Windy City Gridiron - A groin injury to kicker Eddy Pineiro prompted this recent signing from the Bears. The severity of the injury is not known at this time.


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