THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
Bears' Teven Jenkins no closer to return, but he's still developing - RSN - The rookie offensive tackle has missed out on valuable practice time, but it's not a lost season for him.
Report: Bears, Arlington Heights begin stadium zoning talks - RSN - This is still an early step in a potential Soldier Field move.
Bears' Jaylon Johnson shares salty Instagram post about team fine - RSN - Matt Nagy said he would talk to his starting cornerback about his public displeasure.
Oh, Great: Looks Like the Bears Have Some In-House Culture Issues to Address - Bleacher Nation - The culture Bears President Ted Phillips was raving about at the start of the calendar year is facing a test.
Pace and Nagy Must Be A Package Deal - Da Bears Blog - When it comes to Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy, the Chicago Bears have to keep both or neither.
3 key Bears miss practice again with injuries - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), pass rusher Khalil Mack (foot) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) were among those who didn’t practice Wednesday as Chicago began preparing to face Tampa Bay this Sunday.
Bears RB Tarik Cohen still not ready to return - 670 The Score - Bears running back Tarik Cohen is eligible to be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week, but coach Matt Nagy didn’t sound optimistic Wednesday that will happen. Cohen suffered a torn ACL in September 2020.
Jaylon Johnson fined for showing up late to team meeting - 670 The Score - Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson was fined $2,745 for showing up late to a team meeting Tuesday, according to a post on his Instagram account.
Bears QB Justin Fields' final drives showed potential and areas to improve: All-22 review – The Athletic - Justin Fields' fourth-quarter touchdown drive was sandwiched between a punt and turnover on downs. We break down those plays with the All-22
Chicago Bears Q&A: Matt Nagy sending message to George McCaskey? - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy talked about “progress” after the team’s defeat to the Green Bay Packers — but how much have the Bears made with rookie quarterback Justin Fields? Brad Biggs addresses that and much more in his weekly mailbag.
Column: Chicago Bears need TEs more involved in passing game - Chicago Tribune - Cole Kmet had career-high 49 yards on four receptions Sunday in the Chicago Bears' 24-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Veteran Jimmy Graham has one catch for 11 yards this season and has gone five games without a reception. The Bears need to get their tight ends more involved in the passing game — a constant refrain in the Matt Nagy era.
Jaylon Johnson: Chicago Bears CB has beef with team fine - Chicago Tribune - Justin Fields was a toddler when Tom Brady began his NFL career. Now they meet Sunday in Tampa, Fla. — with an NFL-record 22-year age gap.
Bears QB Justin Fields remains resolute, confident amid rookie struggles - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ dismal offense, .500 record and his own setbacks require quite an adjustment for a quarterback who dominated college football at the highest level.
Bears could be running into trouble vs. Bucs - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are averaging 117.8 rushing yards in their last three games — fourth in the NFL in that span. But the Bucs lead the NFL in rushing defense (54.8 yards per game) and are second in yards per carry (3.4). Something’s gotta give Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Tardiness turns into one fine mess for Jaylon Johnson - Chicago Sun-Times - The second-year cornerback was fined $2,745 by the Bears for being late Tuesday — and expressed his indignation in an Instagram post that included a copy of the letter informing him of the fine.
Tom Brady closing in on 600 career touchdown passes, an NFL first - ProFootballTalk - Brady currently has 598 career passing touchdowns, meaning he’s two away from 600 in his career. He could reach that milestone on Sunday against the Bears.
Report: Dolphins' deal for Deshaun Watson could happen this week - ProFootballTalk - The Texans have kept Deshaun Watson on their roster all season, but they have made him inactive for every game. Watson soon may have a new home and a chance to revive his career.
KNOW THINE ENEMY
Tom Brady congratulates Aaron Rodgers for being a Bears ‘shareholder’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Aaron Rodgers told Bears fans he owned them. Tom Brady heard him.
Chicago Bears respond to Aaron Rodgers’ “I own you” taunt - Chicago Tribune - Ahead of his matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady rubbed salt in an open wound: “I guess (Aaron Rodgers) is now a shareholder of the Bears.”
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Zimmerman: David Montgomery gives update on his injury - Windy City Gridiron - David Montgomery joins the Bears Banter Podcast
Visualize this: Bears Sacks Over Time - Windy City Gridiron - Take a look at the Chicago Bears history with the quarterback sack since 1982
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