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The Bear’s Den, August 6, 2021

Jimmy Graham is happy and excited about Justin Fields, but about the NFLPA? Not so much.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears QB coach recounts ‘scary’ COVID diagnosis - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo tested positive for the coronavirus when he reported to training camp

Bears TE Jimmy Graham unloads on NFLPA over coronavirus protocol, 17-game season - Chicago Sun-Times - Graham started the day with a tweet saying he was “forced” to get the vaccine and railed against the union’s proposal for increased testing of vaccinated players.

Kindle Vildor’s moment has arrived - Chicago Sun-Times - After a brief stint as a rookie last season in place of injured starter Jaylon Johnson, the Bears’ second-year cornerback is competing with veteran Desmond Trufant for the starting job.

Jimmy Graham: Justin Fields ‘definitely reminds me a lot of Russell Wilson’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears tight end played alongside Wilson for three seasons, totaling 170 catches and 2,048 yards.

Four Bears remain on reserve/COVID-19 list - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears put nose tackle Eddie Goldman, long snapper Patrick Scales, linebacker Christian Jones and tackle Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Jimmy Graham: Chicago Bears TE takes issue with daily testing - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham, who is vaccinated, said his issue was with the NFLPA not consulting players on the proposed change to COVID-19 protocols.

Jimbo Covert: Chicago Bears great’s journey to Hall of Fame - Chicago Tribune - Jimbo Covert, who anchored the offensive line that helped the Chicago Bears to their dominance in the mid-1980s — including the Super Bowl XX title — will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Covert, 61, reflects on the people who helped him on his long journey.

Chicago Bears 2021 Training Camp Practice Report, Day 7 - The Chicago Audible - Listen as Nicholas Moreano recaps the Chicago Bears training camp practice on August 5, 2021.

Bears: Jimmy Graham says Justin Fields reminds him of Russell Wilson - Bears Wire - Bears TE Jimmy Graham knows good quarterbacks, and he wasn’t shy about comparing rookie Justin Fields to one of his former, Russell Wilson.

Justin Fields jerseys everywhere, Jimmy Graham speaks out: 10 thoughts from Bears camp – The Athletic - Justin Fields jerseys were plentiful at Thursday’s practice, plus Jimmy Graham’s thoughts about the NFLPA, QB observations and more.

Rookie offensive lineman Larry Borom showing promise with No. 1 offense - Chicago Bears - With three of their top tackles sidelined, the Bears are giving rookie Larry Borom a chance to show what he can do. And so far, the fifth-round draft pick is making the most of the opportunity.

Getting to Know the 2021 Chicago Bears: Offensive Line - Bleacher Nation - This group has the potential to be solid. However, some issues could pop up if their depth players are tested early.

Bears’ Jimmy Graham expresses frustration with NFLPA - 670 The Score - Bears veteran tight end Jimmy Graham on Thursday expressed his frustration with the NFL Players Association after it released a memo recommending daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated and unvaccinated players.

Why aren’t fans showing up to Bears camp at Halas Hall? - ChicagoBears.com - Bears training camp left Bourbonnais for Halas Hall during the pandemic in 2020, and it’s now in Lake Forest to stay. While the team is back at Halas Hall, why aren’t fans following them?

Bears lose James Daniels in latest injury on offensive line - 670 The Score - Bears guard James Daniels was held out of practice Thursday due to a quad injury that he suffered Tuesday during the team’s practice at Soldier Field, coach Matt Nagy said.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Washington Football Team Bans Native American-Inspired Wear At FedEx Field - Daily Snark - Effective immediately, fans will not be allowed to wear Native American headdresses at home games in 2021, the franchise announced on Wednesday.

Report: Al Riveron retires from NFL officiating office - ProFootballTalk - Al Riveron is leaving the league office.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Cousins, Stanley return to Vikings practice, Cookus waived - Daily Norseman - Yeah, this happened

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The Bears 90-man offseason roster is very shorthanded due to injury - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears went into training camp with just a few injured players, but their current injury list is getting out of hand with more than a dozen players sitting out today’s practice.

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