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    Justin Fields’ performance in the stretch run of the season will set the tone in terms of what the Chicago Bears roster looks like going forward. Complicating that is the ribs injury he suffered Nov. 21 during the aggravating 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fields missed the Thanksgiving Day victory in Detroit and Andy Dalton is set to start again Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. If you are compiling a list of young players not named Fields in position to offer hope for the future, start with outside linebacker Trevis Gipson. The 2020 fifth-round pick hasn’t gotten the attention given to wide receiver Darnell Mooney, tight end Cole Kmet, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, offensive tackles Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins or even running back Khalil Herbert, but Gipson is a player the Bears need to take a large step forward in the final six games. The others, of course, have carved out niches for themselves or are working to do that. Gipson has flashed on occasion, and with 17 games of experience entering...
    After moving past rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status, the Chicago Bears had a week of relative peace following their Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. Now the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals come to town to try to disturb that calm. The Cardinals had extra time to prepare for the Bears coming off their bye week. They opened the season with seven straight victories before going 2-2 in their last four games, including 2-1 without quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray, who had a left ankle injury, could return Sunday after coach Kliff Kingsbury deemed him a game-day decision. The Bears, however, won’t have starting quarterback Justin Fields, who isn’t medically ready to return from broken ribs. Bears coach Matt Nagy named veteran Andy Dalton the starter for the second straight game. Dalton led the Bears to a 16-14 comeback victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving but will have a tougher test against one of the NFL’s top defenses. “We’ve got to be consistent with what we’re doing,” Dalton said. “To have that last drive (against...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton will start his second straight game in place of Justin Fields on Sunday as the Bears host the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. As Fields recovers from broken ribs, Dalton will try to push the Bears to a second straight win against a much more difficult opponent than the winless Detroit Lions team he beat last week. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (4-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) Kickoff: Noon Sunday at Soldier Field. TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Cardinals by 7½. Over/under: 43½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Player in the spotlight The Cardinals declared quarterback Kyler Murray questionable to play Sunday in what would be his first game since Oct. 28 because of a left ankle injury. Coach Kliff Kingsbury called Murray a game-day decision — one that could drastically affect what the Bears are facing. In eight games before his injury, Murray threw...
    After a mini-bye weekend, the Chicago Bears returned to Halas Hall on Monday to review film from their 16-14 win over the Detroit Lions and hold a short practice. As he recovers from broken ribs, rookie quarterback Justin Fields worked to the side with other injured players during the portion of practice open to the media, and coach Matt Nagy said Bears medical staff still is working through whether Fields will be cleared this week. Without Fields playing against the Lions, the Bears couldn’t assess the growth of their most important player. But there were still moments that mattered for the Bears future in the unconvincing win against the 0-10-1 Lions. As the Bears move on from last week’s tumult around Nagy’s job status and focus on Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, here are five significant things to take from Thursday’s win. 1. Darnell Mooney topped 120 receiving yards for the second straight game and third time this season. Mooney said after the game he wasn’t happy with his performance against the...
    The family of the youngest of 10 people who died at the Astroworld festival earlier this month, nine-year-old Ezra Blount, has rejected an offer Travis Scott made to pay for the boy's funeral. 'Your client’s offer is declined,' the family's attorney Bob Hilliard told Scott's lawyer Daniel Petrocelli in a letter obtained by Rolling Stone. 'I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. 'He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.' The latest: The family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest of 10 people who died at the Astroworld festival earlier this month, has rejected an offer Travis Scott, 30, made to pay for the boy's funeral  Ezra Blount, who was from Dallas, was among the 10 people who died as result of injures suffered amid a crowd surge at the November 5 festival at NRG Park in Houston.  He died of irreversible organ failure at Texas Children’s Hospital November 14 after being placed in a medically induced coma. Blount's funeral took place in Texas on...
    During a week of confusion and tumult, reports and rumors, the Chicago Bears needed something to lean on. Anything, really. Burdened by their five-game losing streak and then left to sift through the growing uncertainty regarding coach Matt Nagy’s job security, players and coaches had to push to retain their focus and the concentration of those around them. Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton was happy to do his part. On Wednesday night, at Nagy’s behest, Dalton spoke to the team at their hotel as a way of helping to recenter the group. A day later, he threw for 317 yards, drilled a 17-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham and led an 18-play, game-winning field-goal drive that allowed the Bears to edge the last-place Detroit Lions 16-14 on the final snap at Ford Field. Dalton’s Thanksgiving eve pep talk? “I just spoke from the heart,” he said. “It’s what it all boils down to. I just felt like there was something in talking about what we needed in this moment.” Added receiver Darnell Mooney on...
    The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium and leaving their longtime home at Soldier Field. The Bears on June 17 submitted one of multiple bids to purchase the Arlington Heights property, which Churchill Downs Inc. last winter announced would be up for sale for redevelopment. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement that finalizing the agreement was the “critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential.” Churchill Downs announced the sale price was $197.2 million and said it anticipated closing the sale in late 2022 or early 2023. Soldier Field, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds 61,500 fans, the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Bears also would be able to develop the 326-acre property around the stadium with shopping, dining and entertainment. Here’s what to know about the possible move from Soldier Field, with reaction from City Hall to Arlington Heights. What would...
    As Cairo Santos sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights while the seconds wound down Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week turning into an even bigger embarrassment. The Bears didn’t need to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Not after Bears rookie Justin Fields injured his ribs and was forced to sit out. Not after a report emerged that Bears ownership told coach Matt Nagy it was going to fire him after the Thanksgiving game. Not after Nagy’s bosses left him to refute the report to the media himself. Santos’ field goal in the final seconds lifted the Bears to a 16-14 victory over the Lions that snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a nightmare of a week. Bears quarterback Andy Dalton, filling in for the injured Fields, completed 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards with a touchdown and an interception to lead the Bears to the victory. The winning drive included a nice play on third-and-5 in...
    The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. We’ve got updates all day for the Week 12 game. Injury updates Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith left the game on the Lions’ first drive of the second quarter, briefly went in the injury tent and then remained on the sideline with his helmet off. The Bears announced he was questionable to return with a hamstring injury. Lions running back D’Andre Swift also went down in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and was questionable to return. Week 12 inactives announced Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after he didn’t practice all week. The Bears previously announced quarterback Justin Fields (ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) would not play because of their injuries. Also inactive for...
    The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. We’ve got updates all day for the Week 12 game. Week 12 inactives announced Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after he didn’t practice all week. The Bears previously announced quarterback Justin Fields (ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) would not play because of their injuries. Also inactive for the Bears are cornerback Teez Tabor, tight end Jesper Horsted and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. Bears safety Eddie Jackson will make his return from a hamstring injury after he missed the last two games. For the Lions, wide receiver Trinity Benson, quarterback David Blough, outside linebacker Trey Flowers, and offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are inactive. Justin Fields update NFL Network reported Thursday that an...
    The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. We’ve got updates all day for the Week 12 game. Week 12 inactives announced Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after he didn’t practice all week. The Bears previously announced quarterback Justin Fields (ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) would not play because of their injuries. Also inactive for the Bears are cornerback Teez Tabor, tight end Jesper Horsted and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. Bears safety Eddie Jackson will make his return from a hamstring injury after he missed the last two games. For the Lions, wide receiver Trinity Benson, quarterback David Blough, outside linebacker Trey Flowers, and offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are inactive. At Halas Hall this week … After the Bears’...
    The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. After the Bears’ fifth straight loss Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, their short week to get ready for the Lions was disrupted by a report that the Bears planned to fire coach Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game. Bears Chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches that report was not true, according to the Athletic, but it still put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations. Now the Bears will try to put that distraction out of their minds as they get ready to start quarterback Andy Dalton for the first time since Sept. 19. Dalton will start in place of Justin Fields, who is recovering from a ribs injury he suffered during the game against the Ravens. Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will try for their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who recovered from an oblique injury and is expected to start, according to NFL Network. Injury report ...
    For a short week, the lead-up to the Chicago Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday has had a whole lot of drama. An injury to rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the return of veteran Andy Dalton as the starter. A report that coach Matt Nagy had been told he will be fired after the Thanksgiving game and Nagy’s subsequent denial. And — oh, yeah — the Bears trying to move past a five-game losing streak after giving up game-winning drives in the last minute of the last two games. Now the Bears face the Lions, whose own ongoing drama is that they haven’t won a game since Dec. 6, 2020. The opponent? The Bears. As Thursday’s kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (3-7) at Detroit Lions (0-9-1) Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit. TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Bears by 3. Over/under: 41½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Man in the spotlight...
    Tashaun Gipson’s first four NFL seasons came with the Cleveland Browns, who at the time had the distinction as the most wayward and dysfunctional organization in the league. From 2012-15, Gipson experienced 19 wins and 45 losses, played for three head coaches and endured a shift in owners when Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns from Randy Lerner in the middle of the 2012 season. That franchise seemed to live inside a pocket of turbulence. Drama and tension were constant. Instability felt inevitable. Failure became the expectation. “Those were bad locker rooms I was a part of,” Gipson said Tuesday afternoon. “It was more of the norm to have internal (issues) where guys were just all over the place with emotions.” Now a starting safety for the Chicago Bears, Gipson realizes his early NFL existence kept taking him to the same place: last place. Every season in Cleveland, in fact. In 2014, Gipson lived through the bizarre soap opera in which rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel went missing from the team on the final weekend of the...
    According to popular lore, when the American humorist Mark Twain was asked about rumors that he was gravely ill, he replied, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The quote itself is somewhat exaggerated, but the gist remains the same. Matt Nagy didn’t go quite that far Tuesday afternoon, but he did use the word “inaccurate” to describe a report that the Chicago Bears have informed him they will fire him after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The fact the Bears let the Patch.com report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Konkol sit out in the open all morning meant no one felt compelled to rally to Nagy’s defense, whether the report is true or they don’t want to get into the business of commenting on every report that comes along. It was a weird day at Halas Hall, but that’s the way it goes sometimes when a team is mired in a five-game losing streak that includes blown leads in the final minute of the last two games. Special teams coordinator...
    ROAMING the hills of a national park in Canada is a suspected cannibal bear known as "The Boss" as visitors are urged to stay away from him. The behemoth 600 lb male grizzly - officially designated Bear 122 - is the largest bear prowling Banff National Park. 2Rare glimpse of Bear 122 - 'The Boss' - pictured on a trail cameraCredit: Facebook/Banff National Park His status has been elevated to one of internet legend as fans track his activity and his sightings online. He has become known as one of the world's biggest and baddest bears - with 122 this week making waves once again on Reddit. Video posted to a nature subreddit showed a bear identified as The Boss prowling across a road showing off his mighty claws. The massive mammal is heavier than three grown men, roams the hills and woods near Banff, and is usually the first bear to emerge from hibernation. He is estimated to be around 20 years old and is the biggest bear in the national park, hence his name...
    By the time Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his players spoke to the media Monday at Halas Hall, they had only about 72 hours to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The quick turnaround demanded they move on quickly from Sunday’s brutal 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here are three things we heard from Nagy and players as they regrouped. 1. As Justin Fields deals with injured ribs, the turnaround is reportedly too quick for him to start against the Lions. Nagy didn’t provide an update on the injured ribs Fields suffered in the third quarter Sunday, though multiple reports — including an Instagram video of Fields — said initial tests showed his ribs are bruised but not broken. Fields also reportedly had his spleen checked out, but Nagy said the injury is only to Fields’ ribs. NFL Network reported Monday night that after a day of tests on Fields’ injury, the Bears determined they will start Andy Dalton instead of Fields on Thursday. Nagy said the Bears were evaluating Fields’...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are reeling. And now, they might have to get by without Justin Fields. Coach Matt Nagy said the team was still trying to determine Monday if their prized rookie quarterback bruised his ribs or broke them in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens. “I can’t rule out anything, all I can say is we’re waiting to get feedback today and then that’s what we’ve got to go off of,” he said. The Bears (3-7) were hoping Fields would build on his best outing as a pro. Instead, he struggled Sunday before heading to the locker room in the third quarter, and the Bears lost their fifth straight game. Fields completed just 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards after throwing for a career-high 291 yards at Pittsburgh two weeks earlier. His final play was a 6-yard scramble on third-and-11 at the Chicago 45 on the opening drive of the third quarter. Fields went to the locker room and was replaced by veteran Andy Dalton. Who will start when the Bears visit winless...
    Lamar Jackson versus Justin Fields turned into Tyler Huntley versus Andy Dalton on Sunday at Soldier Field. The marquee matchup between Jackson, the former league MVP for the Baltimore Ravens, and Fields, the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback, never materialized because Jackson sat out with an illness. By midway through the third quarter, Fields was also out after injuring his ribs on a 6-yard carry. That made for a significantly different game, and Huntley did enough to pull out the 16-13 Ravens victory. He led a 72-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes, and Ravens running back Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard run for the victory. The Bears lost their fifth straight game and for the fourth time coming out of a bye week in four seasons under coach Matt Nagy. Huntley had passes of 21 and 30 yards on the drive, and Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor committed a 21-yard pass interference penalty. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made field goals from 35, 27 and 46 yards. The latter, which came after the Ravens blocked...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears found a new way to give another game away in the final minute — this time to a former undrafted quarterback making his first NFL start. Tyler Huntley was able to leave Soldier Field as the hero after the Baltimore Ravens claimed a 16-13 victory Sunday afternoon. 1. Flash back to the middle of October 2019: The Bears were in a rut and had just lost at home to the New Orleans Saints. The final score was 36-25, but the game wasn’t nearly that close as the offense scored two touchdowns in garbage time to turn a rout-in-the-making into an 11-point loss. Mitch Trubisky was forced to attempt 54 passes that afternoon, and when all was said and done, Matt Nagy was forced to answer for why the team handed the ball off only five times and the offense had a total of seven rushing attempts when adding in quarterback runs. The seven attempts set a franchise record for fewest carries in a game. I reference this head-scratcher because this was...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will try to build on his season-best performance — and the Baltimore Ravens will be without their starting quarterback Sunday at Soldier Field. Stay here for more Week 11 updates. Follow our writers on Twitter for the latest news: Colleen Kane, Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs Sign up for alerts on your phone, desktop and inbox to stay current with the latest news Sign up for our sports newsletter, delivered daily each morning Halftime: Ravens 6, Bears 0 The Bears seemingly caught a break when Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was ruled out for Sunday’s game because of an illness. But while the Bears defense held the Ravens and backup quarterback Tyler Huntley to just six first-half points, the Bears offense came out of the bye week flat. Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 3 of 9 passes for 57 yards, had three carries for 17 yards and lost a fumble as the Bears trailed the Ravens 6-0 at halftime. The Bears offense failed to capitalize twice after...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will try to build on his season-best performance — and the Baltimore Ravens will be without their starting quarterback Sunday at Soldier Field. Stay here for more Week 11 updates. Lamar Jackson update Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will not play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. NFL Network reported Sunday morning that Jackson still was feeling ill after missing practices during the week with a non-COVID-19 illness. Jackson arrived at Soldier Field with the team, and the Ravens reportedly were trying to hydrate him so he could try to play. But the Ravens ultimately determined he was not feeling well enough to play. If Jackson is out, the Ravens will turn to Tyler Huntley, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2020. Huntley has played in four games over two seasons, complete 8 of 16 passes for 54 yards and rushing for 33 yards on 13 carries. He has played in two games this season. Huntley played in college with...
    The Chicago Bears defense will try to slow down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson without at least two key players Sunday at Soldier Field. The Bears placed outside linebacker Khalil Mack on injured reserve Friday, and he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left foot this week. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks also will miss the game because of an ankle injury. And safety Eddie Jackson, who was limited in practice because of a hamstring injury, is questionable to play. That could make it all the more difficult to stop Jackson, who has completed 199 of 309 passes (64.4%) for 2,447 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions and has rushed for 639 yards and two scores. Jackson missed Ravens practices Wednesday and Thursday with an illness but returned Friday. He is listed as questionable for the game. “When you have a significant player like Khalil (go out), the impact hits you harder, right?” coach Matt Nagy said. “But for the most part, we have a group of guys that are fighters, that battle, and you felt...
    The Chicago Bears and coach Matt Nagy look to break two losing streaks Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Not only have the Bears lost four straight this season, but the team never has won a game coming off a bye week under Nagy. They lost to the Miami Dolphins in overtime in 2018, the New Orleans Saints in 2019 and the Green Bay Packers in 2020 in Nagy’s first three seasons. The Bears haven’t won coming out of their bye week since 2013. The Bears had last week off to reflect on the 29-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and regroup for the second half of the season. As kickoff against the Ravens approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (3-6) vs. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) Kickoff: Noon Sunday at Soldier Field. TV and radio: CBS-2, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Ravens by 6. Over/under: 44½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Player in the spotlight As...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Could the city of Chicago buy the Bears to keep them from moving to Arlington Heights?Alderman George Cardenas introduced an ordinance for the city to purchase the team and sell shares to fans Wednesday."People love this city," Cardenas said. "People love the Bears, and people love sports in general. And why not give people a chance to weigh in on that conversation?"The Bears announced at the end of September they had signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the entire Arlington Park land parcel in the village of Arlington Heights, which previously housed the Arlington Race Course.READ MORE | Chicago Bears confirm deal to buy Arlington Heights propertyCardenas believes using crowdsourcing and other means, the city could buy the Bears and keep them from moving from Soldier Field. But the idea, introduced in City Council Wednesday is already playing from behind."No, it's not feasible," said 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguspack, who is also chair of the city's finance committee. "I don't think the city, first of all, can afford it. I don' think there's a taste of...
    The Chicago Bears are back from their bye week, and so is Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag. Despite a four-game losing streak, an encouraging performance the last time out in Pittsburgh has some readers wondering if Justin Fields and the offense are hitting their stride. If Teven Jenkins returns to the active roster in the coming weeks, what will the offensive line look like? Does someone slide inside? — @twtamtrakandrew That was the No. 1 question in the mailbag this week by a landslide. I don’t think there is a clear answer right now, and I also don’t believe the Bears need to pick a spot for him immediately. This process could take several weeks to play out. Jenkins practiced Monday for the first time since the spring. He has yet to practice in full pads, and an important element people should keep in mind is that the collective bargaining agreement prevents teams from conducting more than one practice in full pads each week. So Jenkins will get one practice in full pads (with very limited contact) this...
    The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium and leaving their longtime home at Soldier Field. The Bears on June 17 submitted one of multiple bids to purchase the Arlington Heights property, which Churchill Downs Inc. last winter announced would be up for sale for redevelopment. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement that finalizing the agreement was the “critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential.” Churchill Downs announced the sale price was $197.2 million and said it anticipated closing the sale in late 2022 or early 2023. Soldier Field, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds 61,500 fans, the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Bears also would be able to develop the 326-acre property around the stadium with shopping, dining and entertainment. Here’s what to know about the possible move from Soldier Field, with reaction from City Hall to Arlington Heights. What would...
    Finally. At long last. Chicago Bears rookie Teven Jenkins returned to practice Monday afternoon at Halas Hall as the team opened its 21-day window to activate him from injured reserve. Jenkins has been out with a back injury since the Bears reported to training camp in late July. He had surgery Aug. 18 and was placed on IR when the season began. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday morning he was looking forward to testing Jenkins and getting a better feel for his strength and conditioning. “It’s been a while since Teven’s put the pads on, so we’ll start there,” Nagy said. “That will be exciting for us to see where he’s at. I know he’s really anxious and excited to get out there.” So what’s next in Jenkins’ recovery and return? What will happen with the young offensive tackle in the coming weeks? Here’s a look at six key questions. 1. Will Teven Jenkins be activated to the 53-man roster soon? All signs seem to be pointing in that direction. Coming off their Week...
    Los Angeles Laker Anthony Davis revealed a hilarious reason as to why he rushed to end overtime: so he could watch a Packers game.  The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have been known to trade championships in the past. But on Nov. 14, they were simply trading baskets in a game that led to overtime. On Sunday, Lakers’ star center Anthony Davis was in a rush to finish the 114-106 game that eventually went to Los Angeles. He had a sincere motivation, too: Davis is an avowed cheesehead, and he needed to catch the end of the Packers game. For anyone who watched the Seahawks-Packers game on Sunday afternoon, it was clear that there wasn’t much to watch in a disappointing return for Russell Wilson. But Davis’ die-hard fandom that traverses sports is always fun to watch — especially since Davis is a proud Chicago native.Anthony Davis finishes impressive performance with hilarious motivation: the need to catch a Packers gameDavis was born and raised in Chicago, which has their own NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears. Most Chicagoans grow...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Protect Polar Bears, Defend Animal Activists, and Help Respond to the Crisis in Haiti. 1. Protect Polar Bears Without aggressive climate change policies, polar bears will likely be extinct within a century.  But climate change is not the only threat to...
    The 25 best episodes of 30 Rock, ranked Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Everyone but Steve Levy realized that Cairo Santos‘s 65-yard field goal try on Monday night had no chance of making it through the uprights. It’s possible that the Bears should have had another chance to kick the ball or to throw a Hail Mary five yards closer. As noted by Adam Jahns of TheAthletic.com, the All-22 film suggests that multiple Steelers may have been lined up offside on the field-goal try. If a flag had been thrown, Bears coach Matt Nagy would have had another chance to decide whether to attempt a 60-yard field goal or throw the ball to the end zone. The Bears would have had the ball at the Chicago 42, if the apparent offside had been called. Maybe the woefully short attempt from Santos would have prompted Nagy to not try another field goal. Maybe Nagy would have decided to throw to the end zone....
    Sabre-toothed mammals the size of bears that lived on Earth between 300 and 250 million years ago attacked one another by biting the face, newly published research shows. Known as gorgonopsians, these massive animals — which had five-inch teeth like 'steak knives' — likely attacked one another for social dominance, the researchers said.   The experts, hailing from the University of the Witwatersrand and Iziko South African Museum analyzed the skull of a gorgonopsian discovered new Cape Town, South Africa and discovered an embedded tooth in the snout.  The researchers are not 100 percent of the attacker, but the 'most likely scenario' is some kind of social signaling with their 'saber-like teeth,' the researchers wrote in the study.  Gorgonopsians attacked one another by biting the face of one another, according to a news study 'The practice of social biting has long been hypothesized in [non-mammalian therapsids], but this is the first fossilized evidence of the behavior to be described.' The skull was first discovered in the Karoo desert in 1940 by South African paleontologist Lieuwe Dirk Boonstra, but the bite...
    The 49ers came back to beat the Chicago Bears 33-22 Sunday at Soldier Field, ending a four-game losing streak behind a strong second-half performance. Here’s what Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers said about the victory. KYLE SHANAHAN I felt the whole offense was in a rhythm, which makes me in a rhythm when I’m calling plays. The guys made a ton of plays out there. And then we were able to make some key ones on third down. I thought it was a little frustrating at the beginning ’cause we felt like we were moving and we kept getting in between that 30 and 40 and couldn’t keep it going and finally we did that more in the second half, which was great. On zero punts: “We were just messing with Mitch because he had a baby yesterday and we flew him out here to punt. At least he held, though.” On Mitchell’s touchdown: “That was really cool. I think you could see on one play kind of what our...
    The Chicago Bears shook the football world in September by announcing a $197 million purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse. Though team officials have flirted with the idea of moving to the suburbs for decades, and put in a preliminary bid for the property in June, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot previously had accused them of doing so as a “negotiating tactic” to seek improvements at their current home at Soldier Field. Now the stakes have been raised, as the team’s offer has been accepted and it works to see if it can finalize the deal. Here is a quick update on where the proposal stands. Doesn’t a purchasing agreement mean the Bears are buying the Arlington site? Not necessarily. The sale would go through only if both sides are satisfied that their conditions are met. For the Bears, that likely means investigating the property to make sure it’s suitable for a football stadium and other development, without any deal-breaking environmental, logistical or legal obstacles. For the seller, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI), that means ensuring it gets its money. CDI, which...
    The Chicago Bears travel to Tampa, Fla., to take on Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. TV and radio: CBS-2, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Buccaneers by 12½. Over/under: 47. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Player in the spotlight A lot has happened since Brady held up four fingers in confusion last October, thinking a late fourth-down incompletion had come on third down. The Bucs lost that game to the Bears 20-19 after a late Cairo Santos field goal, but they went 12-3 the rest of the way in the regular season and the playoffs to win the Super Bowl. Brady wasn’t keen to answer questions about his gaffe a year ago. But time — and another ring — allowed him to joke about it on TikTok during the summer...
    The Chicago Bears must try to stop Tom Brady and the NFL’s top-ranked passing attack without a few key members of their defense Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That will make it all the more challenging to slow down Brady, who has completed 183 of 267 passes for 2,064 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Stay with us for Week 7 updates. Sign up for alerts on your phone, desktop and inbox to stay current with the latest news Sign up for our sports newsletter, delivered daily each morning Inactives announced Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack and wide receiver Allen Robinson both will play after they originally were listed as questionable because of injuries. Mack’s foot injury and Robinson’s ankle injury have limited them in practice, but they will play through them against the Bucs. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, nickel cornerback Duke Shelley, tight end J.P. Holtz and wide receiver Jakeem Grant also are active after they were listed as questionable on Friday. The Bears previously announced that safety Tashaun Gipson and defensive...
    Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields threw three interceptions and committed five turnovers in a disastrous 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. A year after the Bears upset the Bucs when Tom Brady lost track of downs on the final drive, the Bears were the ones who left the rematch against the defending Super Bowl champions embarrassed. The Bucs jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and were up 35-3 by halftime. Brady threw four touchdown passes in the first half — including three to wide receiver Mike Evans — and the Bucs’ official Twitter account tweeted the infamous photo of Brady holding up four fingers in the 2020 game in jest. The Bears placed right tackle Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday afternoon — the fifth player to go on the list in 11 days — and started Lachavious Simmons in his place. Simmons was badly overmatched by the Bucs pressure, contributing to the interception Fields threw to Dee Delaney and the fumbles forced by Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. The Bears...
    Perhaps the most depressing thing for the Chicago Bears is that much of the football world saw this disaster coming. And then it happened for all to see in all its gory detail. Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium fell into many categories. Lopsided, for one. It was the biggest blowout defeat for the Bears since an infamous 55-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field seven years ago. Ugly? Yep, that description fits, too, after rookie quarterback Justin Fields turned the ball over five times and Bucs star Tom Brady fired four touchdown passes in one of the breeziest victories of his career. Bears linebacker Roquan Smith even called the defeat “embarrassing,” which probably was a generous adjective to pick. And Fields admitted he had no idea what emotions were bubbling inside as his football career hit an unfamiliar low point. “I’ve never been in this position where I’m losing,” he said. “So I don’t know how to feel.” OK. Add confusing to the list. But surprising? Nah. Sunday’s blowout wasn’t...
    Chicago Bears players spoke to the media over Zoom on Tuesday as the team enacted stricter COVID-19 protocols to prevent its current outbreak from getting bigger. After coach Matt Nagy announced he tested positive for the virus Monday, the Bears are wearing masks around Halas Hall and conducting meetings virtually, left tackle Jason Peters said. As the players try to regroup from a 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, here are three things we heard on the call. 1. Eddie Jackson thought Lance Briggs was calling his effort into question last week — but admits he needs to wrap up better. Jackson drew attention last week when he retweeted a 10-year-old post from Pro Football Focus talking about former Bears linebacker Briggs’ missed tackles. Jackson’s tweet, which he later deleted, was in response to Briggs’ comments on NBC Sports Chicago criticizing his missed tackle in Week 6 against Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. Jackson tried to knock Adams out of bounds, but Adams stayed up and gained another 8 yards on the 41-yard...
    On the heels of the Chicago Bears’ biggest loss since 2014, the team’s COVID-19 outbreak has sidelined coach Matt Nagy. Nagy announced Monday morning he tested positive for the virus after returning home from Tampa, Fla., where the Bears were shellacked 38-3 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium by the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will run all team meetings as he did briefly in the spring and as the Bears had planned in the event anything happened to Nagy. That leaves offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Sean Desai to continue in their roles uninterrupted. Four players are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list: outside linebacker Robert Quinn, tight end Jimmy Graham, inside linebacker Caleb Johnson and offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson. Running back Damien Williams and wide receivers coach Mike Furrey returned last week after being sidelined, meaning the Bears have had five players and two coaches dealing with COVID-19 in the last two weeks. “It’s a reminder to all of us to be extremely cautious to understand...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields saw right tackle Elijah Wilkinson studying film in the team hotel with offensive line coach Juan Castillo on Sunday morning. So Fields was caught off guard in the locker room at Raymond James Stadium when he heard Wilkinson wouldn’t be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he was going on the reserve/COVID-19 list. “I was just surprised,” Fields said. “Because I just saw him 45 minutes ago watching film with Coach Juan, figuring he was going to play. So I mean, that’s the life of the NFL. You just have to have next guy up.” Wilkinson was the fifth Bears player to go on the COVID-19 list in the last 11 days, and his absence proved costly in a 38-3 loss considering the team already was thin on the offensive line because of injuries. The Bears already were without starting right tackle Germain Ifedi, who is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Rookie left tackle Teven Jenkins remains out after back surgery, and rookie tackle...
    The Chicago Bears fell back below .500 with a 38-3 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields had five turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles), and the Bears were down 21-0 after the first quarter. Here are some of the best three-word reviews of the game from Bears fans.
    The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium and leaving their longtime home at Soldier Field. The Bears on June 17 submitted one of multiple bids to purchase the Arlington Heights property, which Churchill Downs Inc. last winter announced would be up for sale for redevelopment. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement that finalizing the agreement was the “critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential.” Churchill Downs announced the sale price was $197.2 million and said it anticipated closing the sale in late 2022 or early 2023. Soldier Field, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds 61,500 fans, the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Bears also would be able to develop the 326-acre property around the stadium with shopping, dining and entertainment. Here’s what to know about the possible move from Soldier Field, with reaction from City Hall to Arlington Heights. How Arlington...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Most people have heard about the phenomenon of global climate change due to the increased media coverage of the issue in recent years. For a long time now, climate scientists have been warning us that our current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are profoundly unsustainable, and have the power to irrevocably alter Earth’s capacity to sustain life. The oceans absorb approximately one-third of the carbon dioxide we produce, which has led them to become 30 percent more acidic since the days of the Industrial Revolution. This has grave implications for the animals, plants, and other lifeforms who dwell within them. In addition, 8.6 million acres of the world’s ice caps melt every year, and as global temperatures continue to rise, this problem is set to escalate. It can sometimes be difficult for us to wrap our minds around the scale of the problem, or understand what the real-world impact of scary climate change figures and statistics actually is. Wildlife photographers Samuel Blanc and Agnès Brenière, of Horizons Partagés, have made it abundantly...