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The Bear’s Den, December 23, 2023

A few injuries to address as the Bears host the Cardinals in a late afternoon matchup.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Sharkey: Bears QB Justin Fields on what’s changed during his time in Chicago, fashion, pre-game routine and more - WGN-TV - As Bears Quarterback Justin Fields prepares to take on the Cardinals in week 16, he spoke with WGN News in a one-on-one interview.

Hajduk: Sweat becoming staple inside Bears locker room - ChicagoBears.com - Despite only having been in Chicago since Nov. 1, Bears defenders interact with Montez Sweat in the locker room like they’ve known the 27-year-old their whole lives.

Montez Sweat says Bears defense is driven to be great - Bears Wire USA Today - The Bears have transformed into a top-five unit they show no signs of slowing down heading into this final three-game stretch.

Braxton Jones knows he must ‘be better’ with Bears’ NFL draft decision coming – NBC Sports Chicago - A neck injury robbed Braxton Jones of precious time on turf, and now he’s seemingly fighting an uphill battle to prove he’s the Bears’ future at left tackle

Mayer: Jenkins ruled out, Kmet questionable for Sunday - ChicagoBears.com - Left guard Teven Jenkins and receiver Equanimeous St. Brown both have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, while tight end Cole Kmet is among three Bears who are questionable.

Kmet is questionable against Cardinals, while Jenkins is out - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Cole Kmet is questionable to play against the Cardinals on Sunday due to a quad injury, while guard Teven Jenkins was ruled out with a concussion.

Under Center PODCAST: Can Justin Fields get team back in win column? – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields vs. Kyler Murray. Here’s who our staff thinks will win on Christmas Eve.

Bears Wire PODCAST: Fourth quarter failings should seal Matt Eberflus’ Bears fate - Bears Wire USA Today - The Bears’ latest blown fourth-quarter lead is a reminder that Matt Eberflus isn’t the guy. We discuss on The Bears Wire Podcast.

Lieser: DE Montez Sweat leads Bears’ pass rush against Cardinals, but he needs help - Chicago Sun-Times - Sweat has been a game-changer for the Bears, but he needs help from DeMarcus Walker and/or some of the young defensive linemen.

Hoge’s Bears Things: Answering lingering questions from the Cleveland collapse - CHGO Sports - Greg Braggs Jr. brought up a good point on Thursday’s CHGO Bears Podcast: If the Bears play better football next year, the late-week coordinator press conferences will probably be more about the upcoming opponent rather than rehashing a bunch of lingering questions from a game that happened four days earlier.

Potash: Bears rule out G Teven Jenkins for Cardinals game - Chicago Sun-Times - Jenkins, who left Sunday’s game against the Browns in the second quarter because of a concussion, has not cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. Cole Kmet (quad) is questionable, but “he’s trending in the right direction,” coach Matt Eberflus said.

McCoppin: Chicago Bears’ Stadium bid stalled — but options remain open - Chicago Tribune - Another Chicago Bears season is drawing to a close with no breakthroughs in sight for a new stadium — but those involved on all sides say they’re working on it.

Finley: Bears need RBs to take their opportunity and run with it - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have one of the league’s best run games. Quarterback Justin Fields is responsible for a lot of that success, though; among only running backs, the Bears rank 15th in yards per carry.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Hollywood Brown will not play Sunday - NBC Sports - Cardinals wide receiver Hollywood Brown was active last Sunday, but the heel injury that clouded his status wound up keeping him from doing much during the loss to the 49ers.

5Qs, 5As: Previewing Cardinals-Bears with Windy City Gridiron - Revenge of the Birds - The Arizona Cardinals take on the Chicago Bears and we preview the game with Windy City Gridiron.

Are there any bright spots on this Arizona Cardinals defense? - Revenge of the Birds - The defense has been bad this year—there’s no other way of putting it. But that doesn’t mean the defense doesn’t have any good players. Here are a few that have stood out this season.

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray gets what Justin Fields is going through - ArizonaSports.com - There are quite a few parallels between Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Chicago Bears signal caller Justin Fields.

Can the Cardinals upset the Bears in Week 16? - ESPN Video - Mina Kimes explains why she likes Kyler Murray and the Cardinals to upset the Bears.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Dolphins list Tyreek Hill as questionable - Pro Football Talk - Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said on Friday that he feels good about wide receiver Tyreek Hill returning to the lineup after missing Week 15 with an ankle injury, but the team isn’t calling Hill a sure thing for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Best Bets: Full Weekend Slate - Open Thread - Windy City Gridiron - How to bet this weekend’s games

Wiltfong: 64% of Chicago Bears fans think the team is headed in the right direction - Windy City Gridiron - We share the results from our weekly Bears confidence poll right here.

Keys to the game ROUNDTABLE: Chicago Bears-Arizona Cardinals preview - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears host the lowly Cardinals with a chance to right the sinking ship of the 2023 season

Thompson: If Bears draft a rookie quarterback, beware your early expectations - Windy City Gridiron - Selecting Caleb Williams or Drake Maye atop the 2024 NFL Draft could set the Chicago Bears up for long-term success. — even if 2024 is a little bumpy.

Wiltfong's Bears vs Cardinals Injury Report: Teven Jenkins one of 3 out for Chicago - Windy City Gridiron - Full injury report for the Bears and Cardinals here.

Infante: Spice Adams talks Sun Bowl, Bears future, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Windy City Gridiron recently spoke exclusively with the former Bears defensive tackle.

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears vs Arizona Cardinals- Battle to the Bottom of the NFC - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are virtually eliminated from the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals ARE eliminated from the playoffs. So who wants to win this one?

Wiltfong: Half of Bears fans still think Matt Eberflus will be back in 2024 - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year, we ask questions of the most plugged-in Bears fans and fans across the country here at WCG, and you can also sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys about the League.

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