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The Bear’s Den, December 28, 2023

Injuries at wide receiver are growing concern at Halas Hall ahead of Falcons game

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Atlanta Falcons vs Chicago Bears - November 24, 1985
Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (34) follows guard Tom Thayer (57) into the hole during a 36-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on November 24, 1985, at Soldier Field in Chicago
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Bears QB Justin Fields still living in the moment - Chicago Sun-Times - While Chicago debates his future with two games left in a 6-9 season, the Bears’ quarterback is focused on beating the Falcons on Sunday — and the offense sustaining success after it stalled with a 21-0 lead in a victory over the Cardinals last week at Soldier Field.

Why not getting dealt was the best thing to happen to Bears CB Jaylon Johnson - Chicago Sun-Times - He has become Pro Football Focus’ top-rated overall cornerback and top coverage corner. That wouldn’t have happened if Johnson were somewhere else, learning a new defensive scheme on the fly.

Bears’ next defensive goal? ‘We’re due for a shutout’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Since Week 10, the Bears have allowed the fifth-fewest points, second-lowest passer rating and fourth-fewest rushing yards. They have a goal they want to reach before the end of the season, though.

Bears QB Justin Fields ‘not really’ concerned with future, focused on Falcons - Chicago Sun-Times - The final two games of the season could be Fields’ last with the Bears, who are on track to get the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Bears practice without TE Cole Kmet, WR Darnell Mooney - Chicago Sun-Times - Kmet hurt his knee Sunday. Mooney is in concussion protocol, too, after reporting symptoms on Monday morning.

Chicago Bears: Montez Sweat calls defense 'a hungry group' - Chicago Tribune - Montez Sweat believes an elevated standard is being established within the Chicago Bears defense, fueling contagious enthusiasm within the group. “If I make a play, I’m going to look somebody else in the eyes and see if he is ready to match my energy."

Chicago Bears Q&A: Will coach Matt Eberflus be back in 2024? - Chicago Tribune - Could the Chicago Bears’ second-half improvement save coach Matt Eberflus’ job? Brad Biggs addresses that topic and many others in the latest Bears mailbag.

Mueller: Bears GM Ryan Poles is in a great spot. Here’s how I would approach it - The Athletic - Plus, a GM's perspective of the Raiders' resurgence and whether the Commanders are making a mistake by not cleaning house sooner.

What goals do Justin Fields and the Bears' offense have for the final two games of the regular season? - CHGO Sports - What goals do Justin Fields and the rest of the Chicago Bears' offense have for the final two games of the 2023 regular season?

Bears’ Justin Fields directive could be key to QB future – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears gave Justin Fields a directive upon returning from his injury. It's a QB roadmap that makes sense given the situation he finds himself in, but it also...

Julius Peppers, Devin Hester, Jared Allen three former Bears among 15 finalists for Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 - NBC Sports - Eric Allen, Jahri Evans, Rodney Harrison and Fred Taylor are finalists for the first time.

Bears legend Devin Hester among 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists - Chicago Sun-Times - For the third time in as many years, Devin Hester’s name will be among the 15 finalists debated for Pro Football Hall of Fame inclusion.

As Bears QB Justin Fields ponders future, Falcons might be scouting him for theirs - Chicago Sun-Times - The Falcons have some pieces in place, but not at quarterback. And former Bears GM Ryan Pace, who drafted Fields, is one of their top executives.

Bears’ Justin Fields directive could be key to QB future – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears gave Justin Fields a directive upon returning from his injury. It’s a QB roadmap that makes sense given the situation he finds himself in, but it also...

Devin Hester named finalist for 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame – NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL named Devin Hester a finalist for the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame for a third straight season. Former Bears pass rushers Julius Peppers and Jared...

Bears great Devin Hester named Hall of Fame finalist - 670 - On Wednesday night, Bears great Devin Hester was named one of the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2024.

Bears’ Justin Fields: ‘No point in stressing about tomorrow’ - 670 - Two games remain in the regular season for the Bears before their offseason full of intrigue and uncertainty arrives, and no decision looms larger than what they’ll do at quarterback.

Bears WR Darnell Mooney, TE Cole Kmet held out from practice - 670 - Bears receiver Darnell Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet were held out of practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. Mooney reported concussion symptoms to the team in the aftermath of the Bears’ win against the Cardinals on Sunday.

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Release, not trade, is the most likely outcome for Broncos and Russell Wilson - NBC Sports - It's over for the Broncos and their franchise quarterback.

What's next for Russell Wilson? - NBC Sports - With the Broncos and quarterback Russell Wilson headed for a divorce in the form of Wilson being released before the fifth day of the 2024 league year, what's next for Wilson?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: Hester, Peppers named finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame - Windy City Gridiron - Now the real fun begins.

Bears Over Beers: End Game - Windy City Gridiron - JB and EJ answer all your questions

Wiltfong: Bears Khalil Herbert Named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week - Windy City Gridiron - Khalil Herbert picked up the win!

Wiltfong: Breaking down the Chicago Bears' pass protection against the Browns - Windy City Gridiron - Technically, there was one sack allowed by the Bears this week.

Sunderbruch: Justin Fields has not beaten the odds - Windy City Gridiron - After three years, there are still no decisive answers on whether or not Justin Fields is a franchise quarterback. That’s a problem.

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