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    Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur says there’s a possibility three of his injured Pro Bowl players from last season could return to practice this week. The Packers have been playing without 2020 All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (back). Alexander and Smith were second-team selections in 2020 All-Pro balloting. LaFleur said Monday the three players “potentially” could practice this week as the NFC North-leading Packers (9-3) return from their off week and prepare for a Sunday night home game against the Chicago Bears (4-8). “Certainly we hope so,” LaFleur said. “Those guys are doing everything in their power, but we’ll see where we’re at on Wednesday and you guys will get updated then.” The Packers’ other notable injury involves quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who said he fractured his pinky toe last month while working out at home during his quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Although the injury hasn’t kept him from playing, Rodgers didn’t practice at all before a Nov. 28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and practiced just once before a Nov. 21...
    Loss No. 8 for the Chicago Bears ended with such a “Who even cares?” feeling Sunday. Trailing the Arizona Cardinals by 11 points in the closing seconds, quarterback Andy Dalton found a meaningless 11-yard completion over the middle to running back Khalil Herbert, raced his offense to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball a half-second after time ran out, 5 yards shy of midfield. With the sky grayer than an elephant’s hide and a cold mist seemingly stuck inside Soldier Field, only a few thousand spectators were still in their seats as time expired on the 33-22 loss. And, well, that was that. Just another predictable but demoralizing defeat for a downcast team that can’t seem to stop losing. The Bears are losing football games. They’re losing energy. They’re losing focus. Long ago, they lost the belief of much of their fan base. And it’s likely only a matter of time now before they lose their head coach, much of his staff and quite possibly their general manager too. Yet almost as soon...
    Loss No. 8 for the Chicago Bears ended with such a “Who even cares?” feeling Sunday. Trailing the Arizona Cardinals by 11 points in the closing seconds, quarterback Andy Dalton found a meaningless 11-yard completion over the middle to running back Khalil Herbert, raced his offense to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball a half-second after time ran out, 5 yards shy of midfield. With the sky grayer than an elephant’s hide and a cold mist seemingly stuck inside Soldier Field, only a few thousand spectators were still in their seats as time expired on the 33-22 loss. And, well, that was that. Just another predictable but demoralizing defeat for a downcast team that can’t seem to stop losing. The Bears are losing football games. They’re losing energy. They’re losing focus. Long ago, they lost the belief of much of their fan base. And it’s likely only a matter of time now before they lose their head coach, much of his staff and quite possibly their general manager too. Yet almost as soon...
    BERKELEY — Cal will say goodbye to 28 seniors prior to Saturday night’s season finale against USC at Memorial Stadium. Fans probably haven’t seen the last of all of them. The Bears and Trojans bring identical records into their first season-ending matchup since 1918: 4-7 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12. Neither team will play in a bowl game. USC will return next season with a new coach when Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley takes the reins. Who comes back to Berkeley is a question focusing on players who still can utilize the extra season of eligibility the NCAA gave to all athletes impacted last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those with the option are some significant players, starting with quarterback Chase Garbers, who will start for the 34th time in his career Saturday and has an 18-11 record when he plays more than half the game. Other seniors eligible to return include running back Christopher Brooks, wide receiver Nikko Remigio, safety Daniel Scott and outside linebacker Kuony Deng, who will miss his 10th straight game with...
    Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions are in Matt Nagy’s household? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may be just getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions 16-14 at Ford Field. The victory itself was far from impressive. Miles from it actually, merely earning the Bears an “At least you’re not the Lions” medallion. But at the very least, it ended the team’s 45-day stretch without a victory, snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed Nagy some much-needed relief as he headed into a long weekend. “This is about the team,” Nagy said during a 10-minute postgame news conference....
    Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions in Matt Nagy’s household are? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may just be getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions 16-14 at Ford Field. Without question, the victory itself was far from impressive. Miles from it actually, merely earning the Bears an “At least you’re not the Lions” medallion. But at the very least, it ended the team’s 45-day stretch without a victory, snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed Nagy some much-needed relief as he headed into a long weekend. “This is about the team,” Nagy said during a 10-minute postgame news conference. “Those guys are...
    Cole Kmet had to turn off his phone this week. Enough thoughts already were racing through the Chicago Bears tight end’s head as he tried to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions on a short week while also sifting through a blizzard of rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status. He didn’t need to add questions from his friends and family to the mix, as much as the Chicago-area native might understand the craving for info about a bizarre week in Lake Forest. “I’m not going to lie, it’s tough,” Kmet said of the Bears’ week. “You don’t know what’s true, what’s not. Then you see things that are true because you were there for them, and you wonder how those things get out. “So there’s a lot of confusion in that sense. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to just block it out and go play football.” Bears players focused well enough to eke out a 16-14 victory over the 0-10-1 Lions on Cairo Santos’ 28-yard field goal as...
    If Matt Nagy was not convincing when he spoke about his future with media Tuesday afternoon, he was less convincing with Chicago Bears players later in the day after the team wrapped up its second walk-through at the Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest. The embattled coach said a Patch.com report that the Bears have told him he will be fired after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions “is not accurate,” but according to multiple sources, he offered little to make players believe he will be around much longer, leaving at least some players dismayed at the organization’s lack of direction. That was before Nagy canceled all meetings scheduled for the rest of Tuesday afternoon and evening, the sources said, a highly unusual move that prompted one source to wonder if Nagy is resigned to his fate. The Bears did not make Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips or general manager Ryan Pace available to discuss Nagy’s situation, and the first employee to field questions about the bizarre situation was special teams coordinator Chris Tabor in his...
    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...
    Matt Nagy has faced questions about his job security with the Chicago Bears before, but never quite like Tuesday morning at Halas Hall. As the Bears were in the middle of preparing for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions, Patch.com reporter Mark Konkol, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 while at the Chicago Sun-Times, published a report that Nagy had been informed the game would be his last as Bears coach. After nearly three hours of silence from his Bears bosses, Nagy entered the Halas Hall media room at 12:01 p.m. and refuted the report himself. He said he had not yet spoken to Bears Chairman George McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips or general manager Ryan Pace this week and hadn’t been told he would be fired. “That (report) is not accurate,” Nagy said. “I have great communication with ownership, with George and Ted and Ryan, but I have not had any discussions.” Nagy’s denial during a 10-minute news conference was just one piece of a strange day in Lake Forest as the Bears...
    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has reportedly lost the locker room. The Bears are currently 3-7, and the season has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster as there are major issues all over the field. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Well, it sounds like players have given up on Nagy’s vision.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Chicago Bears (@chicagobears) According to Jordan Schultz, “an overwhelming number” of guys on the team want to see Nagy get fired. An unnamed player told him, “He lost some of the locker room last season, but now it’s gone.” An overwhelming number of #Bears’ players want Matt Nagy gone, league sources say. “He lost some of the locker room last season, but now it’s gone,” one source adds. One key holdup: No HC in the 101-year franchise history has ever been let go during the season. — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 22, 2021 Short turnaround for the #Bears, who head to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day to play the...
    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’...
    Getty The latest report about Bears' coach Matt Nagy isn't a good one. An “overwhelming number” of Chicago Bears players want head coach Matt Nagy fired according to NFL insider Jordan Schultz. Schultz co-hosts the Playoff Pod with Bears’ top wide receiver Allen Robinson, so he’s got a direct connection to the team. He took to Twitter on November 22 to reveal that Nagy has lost the team. “He lost some of the locker room last season, but now it’s gone,” Schultz tweeted. An overwhelming number of #Bears’ players want Matt Nagy gone, league sources say. “He lost some of the locker room last season, but now it’s gone,” one source adds. One key holdup: No HC in the 101-year franchise history has ever been let go during the season. — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 22, 2021 Schultz then appeared on 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel Show and discussed the situation in more detail. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Schultz...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s no time to rest for the weary Bears after their excruciating 16-13 loss to the Ravens, with the team preparing to head to Detroit on Thursday, and rookie quarterback Justin Fields recovering from a rib injury he suffered on Sunday. Despite coming off a bye week, the Bears still couldn’t muster much offense, failing to score in the first half of Sunday’s loss. Even after rallying for a 13-9 lead late in the 4th quarter, the defense couldn’t stop Ravens backup Tyler Huntley – who had only 11 career pass attempts going into the game – from driving 61 yards in 79 seconds for the winning score. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal Record“Definitely was sickening like [Robert Quinn] said, and it just sucks not being able to get the win,” said linebacker Roquan Smith. The work of snapping a five-game losing streak won’t be easy for the Bears, with a short week heading into their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Lions, and a question...
    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. The Bears are evaluating Justin Fields’ pain and movement as they decide whether he can play Thursday. 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. Nagy said Fields needs to undergo more tests. Fields also reportedly had his spleen checked out, but Nagy said the injury is only to Fields’ ribs. As they consider which quarterback will start in Detroit, Nagy said the Bears will have to evaluate Fields’ pain level and weigh that against the desire to further Fields’ growth...
    Chicago Bears fans are not the only ones ready for changes at Halas Hall, with players reportedly wanting Matt Nagy fired. On Sunday, the Chicago Bears lost their fifth game in a row in disastrous fashion at home against the Baltimore Ravens. A botched handling of timeouts and a defensive combustion led to the Ravens coming back to sneak out of Soldier Field with a much needed win to maintain hold of the AFC North. Bears head coach Matt Nagy is finding his seat even hotter than it was before. TV broadcasts could clearly pick up “Fire Nagy” chants at the Bears’ home field and continuously showed frustrated fans finally having enough. Frustration and calls for his job have reached the locker room. An overwhelming number of #Bears’ players want Matt Nagy gone, league sources say. “He lost some of the locker room last season, but now it’s gone,” one source adds. One key holdup: No HC in the 101-year franchise history has ever been let go during the season. — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 22, 2021 For context,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In an impressive show of generosity three former Chicago Bears provided a truckload of turkeys and all the fixings for Chicago families. Matt Forte, Anthony Adams and Charles “Peanut” Tillman are teaming up once again for a good cause. READ MORE: Shooting Caught On Video Near Park Concerns Neighbors In West PullmanThey joined volunteers in handing out 300 holiday meals at Progressive Baptist Church. READ MORE: More Than 20 Injured, Including 'Some Fatalities,' In Waukesha Holiday Parade When Vehicle Plows Through MarchersCars rolled up, and the football stars loaded them up. They say they want to give people something to be thankful for, even in difficult times. MORE NEWS: Small Plane Takes A Nosedive At Chicago Executive Airport; No InjuriesThis food giveaway is not just for Thanksgiving. The What’s your Forte Foundation and Progressive Baptist Church will be feeding families every week for the rest of the year.
    Getty Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack celebrates a play during a 2018 game. Looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens will have an easier-than-expected matchup tomorrow due to several key absences fromt he Chicago Bears’ usual starting lineup. The Ravens are no strangers to losing key players this season, with 17 players currently on injured reserve, including three rookies, two All-Pros and seven starters. They’ve even struggled with week-to-week injuries to players who have stepped up to fill key absences, like offensive tackle Patrick Mekari and running back Latavius Murray. But on Sunday, they’ll face a heavily-depleted Bears team, giving them a good opportunity to rebound from last week and build confidence for a difficult stretch of games to close out the season. Outside linebacker Khalil Mack is by far Chicago’s most prominent absence, but updates to their injury report revealed that even more players will not play tomorrow. Read on to find out who the Bears are missing, and how that will affect the Ravens’ gameplan.Khalil Mack &...
    BERKELEY — Cal will be virtually at full strength for Saturday’s 124th Big Game at Stanford. The Bears (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) released an updated depth chart Tuesday, and coach Justin Wilcox confirmed that players included there will be available to face the Cardinal (3-7, 2-6). That includes quarterback Chase Garbers, one of 24 players who tested positive for COVID-19 and did not make the trip to Arizona two weeks ago, where the Bears lost 10-3 to the Wildcats. The only apparent exceptions are two starting offensive linemen, left tackle Will Craig, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury, and right guard McKade Mettauer, who was held out of the Arizona game and still is not available. “There are still a few people out but we feel good about this group,” Wilcox said. “The majority of them will be at practice today.” Since the outbreak surfaced, Cal reportedly had 47 or more players, coaches and staff test positive. Many of them already have returned to the stadium for regular activities. Without enough players who were...
    The California Golden Bears postponed Saturday’s game against USC over a coronavirus outbreak among Bears players despite that the team is reportedly 99 percent vaccinated. Cal announced on Tuesday that the game scheduled for Nov. 13 will now be played on Dec. 4 after the outbreak left the team without enough players to field against USC, the L.A. Times reported. The Trojan-Bears matchup becomes the first college football game of the 2021 season to be postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. “It was a difficult decision to postpone this Saturday’s game against USC,” said Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton. “We know how important every one of our games is to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do. Due to additional impact on specific position groups, we have decided to postpone Saturday’s game. We have had multiple COVID-19 positives within our program, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread and protect the greater community.” Some players have taken to social media to...
    Pregnant Eve Puts Baby Bump on Display in Sweet Post with Husband on Her Birthday: Happiness DOJ sues Uber for allegedly charging wait fees to customers with disabilities © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The league’s officiating department is standing by referee Tony Corrente’s controversial taunting call on Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh on Monday night. In a video released by the league’s officiating department, Senior V.P. of Officiating Perry Fewell said that the call against Marsh was correct, and the officials will continue to enforce the point of emphasis against taunting. “He takes several steps toward the Pittsburgh bench, posturing toward their sideline. Taunting is a point of emphasis to promote sportsmanship and respect for opponents. This was recommended by the competition committee and coaches,” Fewell said. Fans and players have complained about the taunting point of emphasis, but the NFL’s decision-makers don’t seem interested in making any changes. Expect taunting flags to continue, whether fans and players like it or not. NFL Senior V.P. of officiating defends taunting penalty...
    Getty Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears awaits the start of play against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7. The NFL taking it easy on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers? Don’t expect Chicago Bears legend Charles Tillman to be shocked. The NFL recently opened an investigation into the Packers and their star quarterback to determine whether Rodgers or anyone else on the team has violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols throughout the 2021 season. The news came after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on November 3 and caused a stir about not being vaccinated, having seemingly ignored some of the protocols in place for unvaccinated players. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, though, the potential punishments that could come from the investigation will not include a suspension for the reigning NFL MVP or the loss of the draft picks for the team — a penalty that was imposed upon the Las Vegas Raiders during the 2020 season for their multiple violations. Leave it to...
    CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields describes a higher sense of confidence in his own game after a 33-22 loss to San Francisco when he produced several highlight reel-type plays.It doesn't hurt having several key components rejoin the team to lend a hand.Bears coach Matt Nagy is back working at Halas Hall this week after being away and missing the last game because of COVID-19, while running back David Montgomery is practicing after four weeks away with a knee injury.Now it's possible Fields could settle in with all hands on deck Monday night at Pittsburgh."I just feel like comfortable like all around, just more confident in myself, and just going out there and making plays and stuff like that," Fields said Thursday. "I'm not sure like one specific area. I'm hoping all the areas."I just feel way better just in terms of my confidence and my command of the huddle and of the offense and kind of telling those guys where to go."Fields turned a spinning, cutting fourth-and-1 scramble into a 22-yard touchdown and threw a pinpoint TD pass...
    Playing without 24 players, including quarterback Chase Garbers, who stayed home in COVID protocol, Cal became the antidote to Arizona’s 20-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats, who hadn’t won in 763 days since October 2019, beat the short-handed Bears 10-3 after Michael Wiley scored on a 10-yard run with 2 minutes, 17 seconds left. Up until then, the game was the first involving Cal that did not feature a touchdown by either team in at least 60 years. Cal (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) entered the week needed three wins in their final four games to become bowl eligible. Now the Bears will have to beat USC, Stanford and UCLA in order to make it to the postseason. The Bears played without 24 players and five coaches who were left home, per COVID protocol. Besides Garbers, key players absent on offense included left guard Ben Coleman and center Matthew Cindric, while left tackle Will Craig and wide receivers Nikko Remigio and wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter were shelved by injury. On defense, the...
    WACO, Texas (AP) — The championship expectations are unchanged for AP All-America senior forward NaLyssa Smith and Baylor. So much else is different for the 11-time defending Big 12 champions. No more coach Kim Mulkey, and no more Lady Bears in Waco. “I feel it’s still the same team. I mean, at the end of the day, we all still have the same goals. We all came to Baylor to win a national championship, we came to win Big 12 championships,” Smith said. “I feel like with Kim not being here, we still have the same goals.” These Bears — they are no longer referred to as Lady Bears — are starting a new era with former WNBA coach Nicki Collen and an entirely new coaching staff. They are seventh in the preseason AP Top 25 poll and favored to win another Big 12 title. “We’ve got to compete every day like champions because quite frankly, you know, people are going to think there’s cracks in our armor,” Collen said. “I admitted to them like that first crack...
    Getty General manager Ryan Pace of the Chicago Bears talked about the team's plans heading into the trade deadline. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace is leaving the door wide open when it comes to making a trade or two before the NFL’s trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. ET on November 3. In an interview with WBBM Newsradio 780 before the Bears played their Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers, Pace was asked whether his team will be active before Tuesday’s deadline, and instead of saying something about how content he was with his current group of players, he said this: “We’re always looking at ways to improve our team,” Pace said, via 670 The Score’s Chris Emma. “This time of year there’s so much constant dialogue with all the other teams. It’s constantly ongoing. I think if something presents itself to make us better, we’ll always talk through it as a staff. It’s no different this week. We’ve made several trades this season, and our aggressive mindset will be ongoing.” ALL the latest Bears news...
    There were plenty of bouquets headed the way of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. His offense had racked up 467 yards and averaged 8.6 yards per play in a 33-22 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said Shanahan was “on fire” with his play-calling and called it a perfect storm. There was some of that to be sure, but even more than that, this was a game the 49ers’ players took upon themselves to prove a point. At 3-4, they’re not done yet. Three plays summed up the reality that for all the X’s and O’s and strategy, sometimes it’s players taking matters into their own hands that make the difference between winning and losing. There were three such plays in the second half that were symbolic and helped the 49ers get back on track after a dubious start: 1. The Deebo screen Chicago opened the second half with a 25-yard field goal by Cairo Santos for a 16-9 lead and then had the 49ers in a third-and-19 from their...
    Chicago Bears: Week 7 takeaways with Usayd Koshul Usayd Koshul October 27, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit After a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 7, it’s time for the Chicago Bears to look ahead to week 8. But first, some quick takeaways. 1) Let’s be honest, the Bears gameplan was bad in this one. On the offensive side of the ball, the pass protection was very average, with the coaching staff choosing to start Lachavious Simmons at right tackle instead of Alex Bars, who started eight games for Chicago last season. The Bears need to do a better job of identifying which talent to replace when players go down. 2) Kudos to rookie running back Khalil Herbert, who had his first career 100-yard rushing performance. The 2021 sixth-round pick racked up 18 carries for 100 rushing yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Not bad for a player who’s emerged as a centerpiece for the Bears offense. 3) Allen...
    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 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...
    Getty Head coach Matt Nagy is the latest member of the Chicago Bears to test positive for COVID-19. The Chicago Bears are in the midst of their worst COVID-19 outbreak in two seasons. In a meeting with the media via Zoom on October 25, Bears head coach Matt Nagy revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. It is the latest in what is turning out to be a weekly occurrence for the Bears. First, running back Damien Williams, who is unvaccinated, tested positive in mid-October and missed 10 days, and receivers coach Mike Furrey, who is vaccinated, also missed time, but returned after being out just over a week. In addition to their head coach, the Bears also currently have four players quarantining after testing positive for COVID: outside linebacker Robert Quinn, tight end Jimmy Graham swing tackle Elijah Wilkinson and rookie linebacker Caleb Johnson. All four missed Chicago’s Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy...
    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for coronavirus. According to Ian Rapoport, the embattled head coach of the Bears announced Monday that he’s tested positive for the virus. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Nagy will now join four Chicago players already on the COVID-19 list. #Bears coach Matt Nagy announces that he has tested positive for COVID-19. There are 4 players now on the COVID list, and Nagy will be quarantined as they are. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2021 Tom Pelissero reported that Matt Nagy is also fully vaccinated. Head coach Matt Nagy — who is fully vaccinated — announced today he has tested positive and the #Bears currently have four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, including OLB Robert Quinn and TE Jimmy Graham. Another player, RB Damien Williams, was activated Saturday. https://t.co/EJSq10Mjo5 — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 25, 2021 I know some people might want to worry because an NFL coach has tested positive, but it’s really not a big deal at all. As we know,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced Monday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19. Nagy will not be at Halas Hall on Monday, and will be conducting meetings with coaches and players via Zoom. He said he has been vaccinated, and does not have any symptoms. A handful of Bears players also recently were placed on the Bears’ reserve/COVID list, including linebackers Robert Quinn and Caleb Johnson, and right tackle Elijah Wilkinson.
    Getty Former Bears and Packers TE Martellus Bennett went off on the Packers this weekend. Former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett spent three seasons in the Windy City, playing for the Bears from 2013-15. He had his career-best season with the Bears in 2014, when he caught 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl. He finished his career with the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, playing in New England during the 2016 season. The Packers signed him to a three-year, $21 million contract the following year, but he wound up only playing seven games for the Green and Gold. The Packers waived Bennett in November 2017 with a failure to disclose a medical condition designation, and the Patriots immediately claimed him off waivers. He finished his career in New England and retired after his 2017 campaign. The former tight end, who also played for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, recently took the time to share some revealing things about his brief time in Green Bay via Twitter — and...
    Getty Bears WR Marquise Goodwin has taken on a new role with Stitch Fix. Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is putting his best foot forward, on the field, and off. Goodwin spoke to Heavy via email this week about his return to football after opting out last season, as well as his unique new role as a Stitch Fix Ambassador. The speedy wide receiver, along with fellow NFL stars Kyle Pitts and Fred Warner, is working with the personal style service with the hope of making personalized shopping experiences more comfortable and special for fans and players alike. The “Sports Jacket Reimagined Shop” has sports jackets worn by the players (that are sold exclusively on Stitch Fix) and it offers up ideas on what items to pair with the jackets, with the aim of showing men of all shapes and sizes how they can recreate certain players’ looks. Goodwin (5’9″ and 180 pounds), Pitts (6’6″ and 240 pounds) and Warner (6’3″ and 229 pounds) all differ vastly size-wise — and that’s the point. “I’m excited to team with...
    Getty DE Austin Larkin had a tryout with the Chicago Bears this week. The Chicago Bears are reshuffling their roster a bit. The Bears officially released wide receiver and punt returner Nsimba Webster, and they also waived inside linebacker Rashad Smith from the practice squad. Webster’s release was no surprise. The team added him before the start of the season with the hope he would be a suitable replacement for the injured Tarik Cohen in the return game, but that hasn’t been the case. When Chicago sent a sixth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wideout and returner Jakeem Grant, it was clear the writing was on the wall for Webster. Smith was released from the practice squad in order to make room for running back Artavis Pierce, who the Bears re-signed after David Montgomery went down with a knee injury. In addition to these recent roster moves, the Bears brought in defensive end Austin Larkin in for a workout. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! ...
    Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson (70) smiles on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports If the Chicago Bears want to pull off a massive upset against the Los Angeles Rams, these five players need to perform exceptionally well. The Chicago Bears have had quite the eventful offseason, highlighted by their trade up the first-round of the NFL Draft to secure Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. On paper, the Bears have the roster to potentially make a run towards a playoff berth like they did in 2020. But they have quite the tough first test in Week 1. The Bears fly to Inglewood, Calif. to take on the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday. The Rams made a significant change at the quarterback position, as they traded Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. Besides that, it is relatively the same offense and defense, the latter of which is a serious strong suit...
    NEVADA AT CAL 2020 records: Cal 1-3, 1-3 in Pac-12; Nevada 7-2, 6-2 in Mountain West Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley TV: FS1 Radio: KGO (810 AM) Series history: Cal leads 32-6-1. Nevada has won the past two meetings, most recently 31-24 at Berkeley in 2012. All but three of the previous matchups were played in 1945 or earlier. Cal storylines: The Bears are 10-1 under coach Justin Wilcox against non-conference opponents, a record spoiled only by a 10-7 loss to TCU in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl . . . Cal was picked third in the Pac-12 North by media who cover the conference. . . . The Bears are a veteran team, featuring nine “super seniors,” players who took advantage of the NCAA ruling that allowed them to return for an extra season because of COVID-19 concerns . . . Sophomore Damien Moore, who rushed for 121 yards in the Big Game against Stanford, was tabbed as the No. 1 running back, although senior Christopher Brooks is sure to get...
    New Orleans Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson is among those unhappy with the NFL’s latest policy change to crack down on taunting. Gardner-Johnson told reporters on Tuesday he thought the anti-taunting emphasis was "bulls---." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "To be real, the rule is bulls---. Excuse my language, but you can’t stop the emotional players from being who we are. Not me, who we are. A lot of players wear their emotions on their sleeves. … It is what it is," he said, via The Athletic. He called the sport a "rollercoaster of emotions" and wondered how referees were going to curb players’ excitement for making a good play. JETS' VINNY CURRY REVEALS HE WILL MISS 2021 SEASON OVER RARE BLOOD DISORDER Gardner-Johnson drew the attention of everyone in the NFL world when he got into it with Chicago Bears players in the regular season and the playoffs. Tensions boiled over when Bears wide receiver Javon Wims punched the defensive player in the helmet. It later led to a two-game suspension for Wims. Bears wide receiver Anthony...
    Getty Veteran DL Mike Pennel was placed on IR. The Chicago Bears have cut their roster down to the required 80 players, waiving three and placing two more on the injured reserve list. Offensive lineman Badara Traore was waived early on August 24, the team announced on Twitter, and insider Brad Biggs announced later in the day via Twitter that Chicago was also releasing o-lineman Dareuan Parker and running back CJ Marable. Biggs also noted that the Bears had placed two players on IR: safety Jordan Lucas and veteran defensive lineman Mike Pennel, and the team made it official minutes later: We have waived C.J. Marable & Dareuan Parker and placed Jordan Lucas & Mike Pennel on IR.https://t.co/n7FPSrYb4V — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 24, 2021 In one week, the Bears will need to release 27 more players in order to get their roster trimmed down to 53. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Pennel, Lucas Could Still Be Moved Up to Active...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — The Bears are down to one preseason game to trim the roster and get prepared for the regular season. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek headed to Halas Hall Monday to look at how the offensive line is getting back some key players in the nick of time. READ MORE: It Does Strengthen You: South Side Leaders Work To Get More People Vaccinated As Rev. Jesse Jackson Recovers From COVID “We really haven’t had that starting line together the whole training camp,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. With one week left of camp, several key members of the Bears offensive line are back – including right guard James Daniels and right tackle Germain Ifedi. “We just want to keep getting better every day,” Ifedi said. “I’m Mr. Cliché, but I know we just do our work every day and get a little bit better.” A question mark remains at left tackle – a competition now brewing between rookie Larry Borom and 18-year league veteran Jason Peters. READ MORE: You Hear The Engines Racing: Residents, City...
    Chicago Bears: Versatility on OL now a silver lining for the team Usayd Koshul August 20, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The Chicago Bears offensive line has been ravaged throughout training camp. On paper, the expectation was that the starting five left to right would be: Teven Jenkins, James Daniels, Sam Mustipher, Cody Whitehair, and Germain Ifedi. Four weeks into training camp, the projected starting five has yet to practice together even once. Jenkins underwent back surgery that will sideline him indefinitely. Daniels dealt with a quad issue while Ifedi has been on the PUP list. Injuries have forced the Bears to rely on a makeshift offensive line, providing second, third, and fourth-string players with the opportunity to receive additional reps throughout practice. Injuries to starters also provide the coaching staff with the chance to evaluate depth across the entire unit, a silver lining within itself. “I think what you’ll see with most of our guys, is we got guys that can move across the...
    Emilee Chinn/Getty Images Stephen Denmark of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the 2021 Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 5, 2021. On Tuesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers released five players, thereby reducing their roster to 85 players in time for the 4 p.m. deadline. As noted by Brooke Pryor of ESPN, the Steelers took things right down to the wire, with 90 players in attendance at Tuesday afternoon’s practice, which got underway at 1:30 p.m. ET. Steelers practice is wrapping up soon, and cuts have to be made by 4 p.m. ET. Everyone's been accounted for at today's practice, so no cuts were made official ahead of time. Crunch time in Pittsburgh. — Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021 The five players in question who were cut are: Offensive Lineman Brandon WaltonWalton—who was signed to a one-year Reserve/Future contract in January—has been running with the third-team at left guard, and he recently encountered newfound competition when the Steelers signed former Ohio State offensive guard Malcolm Pridgeon on August 9. He...
    The definitive ranking of every TGIF show Every State’s Least Educated ZIP Code © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Bears plan to sign veteran tackle Jason Peters. They haven’t signed him yet. Coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Tuesday that Peters remains in the COVID entry protocol, a five-day waiting period before the player can join the team. Given the rules for 2021, this means that Peters is not vaccinated — because vaccinated players currently have no waiting period. Chicago’s decision to sign Peters even though he’s not vaccinated contradicts claims we’ve seen from multiple agents that their unvaccinated players have no chance. Or maybe it just speaks to the level of desperation the Bears currently are experiencing, given among other things the lingering back issues experienced by rookie second-rounder Teven Jenkins. Either way, at a time when some are watching and waiting for teams to begin cutting unvaccinated players, the Bears are bringing one in. Bears signing of Jason Peters shows unvaccinated players still have a chance originally...
    Getty Dionte Ruffin of the Chicago Bears returns a fumble recovery against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears have begun the process of whittling their roster down to 53. The team announced the release of four players: offensive lineman Gage Cervenka, defensive back Dionte Ruffin and wide receivers Jester Weah and Justin Hardy. NFL teams must cut their respective rosters down to 85 players by Tuesday, August 17, and shave them down to 80 by August 24. Final 53-man rosters will be finalized after the third preseason game on August 31, so there will be several more cuts to come. With only three preseason games instead of four this year, the final two matchups will be more important than ever for players on the roster bubble. According to Bears head coach Matt Nagy, players on the cusp may have more limited opportunities than ever to impress the coaching staff. “This week what you can plan on seeing is probably a little bit more of the starters,” Nagy told the media on...
    Chicago Bears Mailbag: Justin Fields, Trenches talk, and more Usayd Koshul August 13, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit With the Chicago Bears‘ first preseason game set to take place on Saturday afternoon, Usayd Koshul answers various questions regarding the Bears in his latest mailbag. 1. Thoughts on the retooling process now that Justin Fields is QB1? How good do you feel about the retooling process over the next year or two knowing we have Justin Fields at QB and a solid core of players to build around? #Bears — Fields-QB1???? (@1_Daaa_Bears) August 12, 2021 Really good actually. With Fields now in the fold, the Bears focus should shift to building around him on offense. As generic as that sounds, Chicago does have some players on offense in line for contract extensions next offseason. We all know star wide receiver Allen Robinson is due for a payday but don’t forget about OL James Daniels who’s heading into a contract year, along with running back David...