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The Bear’s Den, May 23, 2023

As OTA’s get in full swing at Halas Hall, the entire Bears team starts football-ish activities for the first time this season

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
Chicago Bears offensive tackle Darnell Wright poses for a selfie with a fan before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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