Archive: Bears

Bears Name Orton Starter Ahead of Grossman

One of the NFL's quarterback competitions is settled. The Chicago Bears have named Kyle Orton their starter, ahead of Rex Grossman, for the Sept. 7 regular season opener at Indianapolis. Orton has made 18 starts in three previous NFL seasons, 15 of them as a rookie in 2005 and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Updates

Some quarterback updates for teams on which the starter is less than certain... Baltimore... The guess here is that the Ravens will keep rookie Joe Flacco on the bench for a little while and choose Troy Smith over Kyle Boller as the temporary starter until Flacco is ready to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Void at Left Tackle as Prized Rookie Undergoes Back Surgery

The Chicago Bears thought they were getting a longtime fixture at left tackle when they used a first-round draft pick in April on Chris Williams. But Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to have a herniated disk in his back repaired, and his status for his rookie season is unclear. It's...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Trade Has Many Ramifications For Many Quarterbacks

The trickle-down effect of the Brett Favre trade is significant. The deal means a lot of things to a lot of fellow NFL quarterbacks, beginning with Chad Pennington. The Jets, after trading for Favre late Wednesday night, plan to release Pennington today. He had been competing with Kellen Clemens...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

Packers Reportedly Offering Favre Money to Stay Retired, Reconsidering Trade Options

According to media reports in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers made a financial offer Wednesday to quarterback Brett Favre to try to induce Favre to remain retired and not report to the team's training camp. WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported that the Packers offered Favre approximately $20 million over 10...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (19)

C. Simms Trade Still Possible

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't traded quarterback Chris Simms yet, but it remains possible. The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are thought to be interested. Simms has said that he doesn't believe he can continue to coexist with Coach Jon Gruden....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Deal For Hester

Kick returner Devin Hester has a new contract from the Chicago Bears said to be worth $30 million over four years, including $15 million in guaranteed money. The deal includes escalator clauses based on Hester's performance as a wide receiver. Hester had skipped the first couple days of the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hester Reports to Bears' Camp

Kick returner extraordinaire Devin Hester reported to the Chicago Bears' training camp today. He is expected to participate in the club's afternoon practice. Hester had skipped the first two days of the Bears' camp, seeking an upgraded contract. It's not immediately clear if he got one....

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Deal With First-Rounder C. Williams

The Chicago Bears completed a contract agreement with rookie offensive tackle Chris Williams hours before their opening practice of training camp today. Williams agreed to a five-year deal that, according to a source, is worth about $16 million, including approximately $10 million in guaranteed money. He was the 14th...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 03:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Close With First-Rounder

The Bears are said by people within the league to be close to completing a contract agreement with rookie offensive tackle Chris Williams, a first-round pick in April. Williams, from Vanderbilt, was chosen 14th overall. He would be the seventh first-round pick league-wide to sign....

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Agrees to Upgraded Contract With Bears

Linebacker Brian Urlacher has gotten the new contract he wanted from the Chicago Bears. Urlacher has agreed to a new deal with the Bears that adds one season to his previous contract, meaning that he's signed through the 2012 season. He gets a $6 million signing bonus and, in...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chicago Makes Sense as Landing Spot for K. Jones

Free agent tailback Kevin Jones seemed to make the right choice by signing with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday. Jones, released by the Detroit Lions, also had been linked to the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. But he has a clear shot to earn playing time in Chicago. The...

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Almost Done Signing Draft Picks

Tailback Matt Forte agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Forte was a second-round draft pick in April out of Tulane. The Chicago Tribune reported that the deal is worth about $3.7 million, including approximately $2 million in bonus money. The Bears have signed 11 of their...

 

By Mark Maske | July 3, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Harris Gets Four-Year Extension From Bears

The Chicago Bears have locked up three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2012 season. The extension keeps Harris, one of the league's top defensive tackles, from being eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season. The deal is worth,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Benson Clears Waivers

No NFL team wants tailback Cedric Benson at the moment. No club put in a waiver claim on Benson, the former first-round draft choice who was waived by the Chicago Bears after he was arrested twice on alcohol-related charges in a little more than a month. Benson now becomes...

 

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher On Hand for Bears' Voluntary Practice

Linebacker Brian Urlacher was on hand for a voluntary practice by the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. Urlacher had attended a mandatory minicamp but previously had skipped voluntary workouts this offseason as he tries to pressure the Bears to rework his contract....

 

By Mark Maske | June 12, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Release C. Benson

The Chicago Bears have waived tailback Cedric Benson, who was arrested twice on alcohol-related charges in recent weeks. "Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," General Manager Jerry Angelo said in a written statement released by the team. "As I said this past weekend, you have...

 

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Benson Reportedly to Be At Bears' Training Facility Today

Tailback Cedric Benson reportedly is scheduled to participate in the Chicago Bears' organized team activities today. Benson's status with the team is being questioned by many observers after he was arrested in Texas over the weekend on a drunk driving charge. It was Benson's second alcohol-related arrest in a...

 

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Latest Arrest Could Put C. Benson's Status With Bears In Doubt

Executives around the league are wondering about tailback Cedric Benson's status with the Chicago Bears after his second alcohol-related arrest in recent weeks. Benson reportedly was arrested early Saturday in Texas and charged with driving while intoxicated. The incident comes just more than a month after Benson was charged...

 

By Mark Maske | June 7, 2008; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Reportedly Will Attend Bears' Minicamp Despite Contract Dispute

Linebacker Brian Urlacher plans to attend the Chicago Bears' three-day minicamp that begins today, according to reports by Chicago-area media outlets. Urlacher has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the team and had skipped the club's previous offseason activities. But this is a mandatory minicamp and Urlacher could...

 

By Mark Maske | May 30, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Release Archuleta

The Chicago Bears have released safety Adam Archuleta, becoming the second team in two years to give up on the former first-round draft choice. Archuleta made 10 starts for the Bears last season after being obtained in a trade with the Washington Redskins last year. Archuleta spent one unproductive...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (4)

Benson's Arrest Creates New Headache for Bears

Tailback Cedric Benson's status with the Chicago Bears already was being questioned by some within the league before he was arrested over the weekend in Texas and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. The questions undoubtedly will intensify now. Benson was supposed to be the Bears' featured...

 

By Mark Maske | May 5, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Trio of Road Games, Then Trio of Home Games For Bears

It's rare for an NFL team to have a three-game road trip or a three-game home stand. The Chicago Bears will have both next season. They play at Green Bay on Nov. 16, at St. Louis on Nov. 23 and at Minnesota on Nov. 30. They follow that by...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Reportedly Skipping Bears' First Voluntary Workout

Linebacker Brian Urlacher is skipping the Chicago Bears' first voluntary workout of the offseason scheduled for today, the Chicago Tribune reported. The newspaper reported that Urlacher is leaving open the possibility of missing all of the team's voluntary offseason workouts and practices. Urlacher is seeking a contract extension, according...

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2008; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears-Colts Is Opening Sunday Night Game

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The NFL announced its slate of featured games on the opening weekend of next season. The Chicago Bears will play at Indianapolis on Sept. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on NBC in the first Sunday night game of the season. It will be the first regular season game...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Probing Tampering Allegation Against Niners Over Bears' Briggs

NFL officials said the league conducted a hearing today regarding an allegation that the San Francisco 49ers improperly tampered with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. The 49ers apparently could be in jeopardy of being penalized by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell if they're found to have had improper contact with...

 

By Mark Maske | March 17, 2008; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Walker to Raiders, M. Booker Returning to Bears

There are some significant moves tonight involving recently released wide receivers. Javon Walker, cut by the Denver Broncos, has agreed to a huge deal with the Oakland Raiders. His six-year, $55 million contract includes $16 million in guaranteed money. Marty Booker, released by the Miami Dolphins, has agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Briggs Staying in Chicago

Last offseason, linebacker Lance Briggs tried desperately to get away from the Chicago Bears. The team used its franchise player tag to keep him off the free agent market but Briggs and agent Drew Rosenhaus went to the annual league meeting to attempt to generate trade interest, and got...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2008; 12:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Orton Gets One-Year Extension From Bears

The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract extension with quarterback Kyle Orton, whose deal now runs through the 2009 season. The extension seems to be an indication that the Bears plan to retain Orton to go with Rex Grossman, who just was re-signed to a one-year deal. It...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Grossman Stays in Chicago

INDIANAPOLIS--Quarterback Rex Grossman passed up a chance to be an unrestricted free agent and agreed to a one-year contract today to remain with the Chicago Bears. Grossman was benched by Coach Lovie Smith during the just-completed season but regained the starting job before suffering a season-ending knee injury against...

 

By Mark Maske | February 23, 2008; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Release M. Muhammad

The Chicago Bears released wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad and declined an option in the contract of defensive tackle Darwin Walker, making him a free agent. Muhammad had 40 catches for 570 yards and three touchdowns this past season. That was down from 60 catches for 863 yards and five...

 

By Mark Maske | February 18, 2008; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (229)

Bears Going With K. Orton at Quarterback

The Chicago Bears are turning to a third different starting quarterback this season. With Rex Grossman sidelined by a knee injury, Coach Lovie Smith has decided to go with Kyle Orton ahead of Brian Griese. Orton was the team's starter as a rookie in 2005 but had been third...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Curse of Super Bowl Loser Returns

The curse of the Super Bowl loser has returned after a one-year hiatus. The Chicago Bears, the defending NFC champion coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Indianapolis Colts, were all but eliminated from playoff contention with Thursday night's 24-16 defeat to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field....

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Redskins-Bears Game Not Expected to Be Rescheduled

Two NFL sources said today they don't expect the Washington Redskins' game next Thursday against the Chicago Bears to be rescheduled. The Chicago Sun Times reported today that the Bears would be willing to postpone the game until the following Saturday, Sunday or Monday and the Redskins have made...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose C. Benson for Rest of Season

Chicago Bears tailback Cedric Benson will undergo surgery on his left leg and miss the remainder of the season, Coach Lovie Smith announced today. Benson was hurt in Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos. Adrian Peterson takes over as the starter with Benson headed to the injured reserve list....

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 08:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Is Bears' Starter Again

The Chicago Bears are going back to Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback. The benched former starter relieved Brian Griese in last weekend's win at Oakland after Griese suffered a sprained left shoulder, and remains the starter this week....

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Don't Know Yet if Grossman or Griese Will Be This Week's Starter

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith indicated it's unclear whether Rex Grossman or Brian Griese will be the club's starting quarterback this week Grossman, benched earlier in the season, took over during Sunday's win at Oakland after Griese sprained his left shoulder, but Griese's availability this week is unclear....

 

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 07:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose R. Brown for Season

The Chicago Bears placed veteran guard Ruben Brown on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, is to undergo surgery for a shoulder injury. Terrence Metcalf takes over as the starter. Brown, 35, is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the spring and...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Call in Bears-Eagles Game Was Correct, Head of Officiating Says

Mike Pereira, the NFL's director of officiating, said today that the rules were properly enforced on the strange play that helped to determine the outcome of the Chicago Bears' win Sunday at Philadelphia. The Bears benefited from a little-known rule. In the fourth quarter of a tied game, Bears...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Defending NFC Champs Not Done Yet

PHILADELPHIA--Don't count out the Chicago Bears just yet. The defending NFC champions have looked oh-so-ordinary in the early going this season. Quarterback Rex Grossman remained so mistake-prone that Coach Lovie Smith finally, and reluctantly, benched him in favor of Brian Griese. The Bears' most dangerous scoring threat often has...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Rule Saves Bears' Season

PHILADELPHIA--A little-known and seldom-applied NFL rule helped the Chicago Bears keep their season from unraveling Sunday. The Bears and Philadelphia Eagles were tied at 9 early in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field when Chicago quarterback Brian Griese had a snap by center Olin Kreutz go through his...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Eagles Play It Safe With Bears' Hester

PHILADELPHIA--Finally, a team playing the Chicago Bears resolved that it wasn't going to be beaten by return man extraordinaire Devin Hester. The Philadelphia Eagles' special teams did all they could Sunday to keep the ball out of Hester's hands on kick returns. Kicker David Akers popped up short kickoffs,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Briggs Pleads Guilty to Leaving Scene of Accident, Failing to Report Accident

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. He was ordered to perform 15 days of community service, fined $485 and put under court supervision for a year. Briggs abandoned his vehicle following an Aug. 27 crash...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 07:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Griese to Get Another Start for Bears

Yes, Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith did say it during his news conference Monday: "Brian is our quarterback." The long-awaited quarterback switch from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese didn't work, as Griese threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions that dropped the Bears' record to 1-3....

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Back to Grossman, Anyone?

The quarterback switch from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese didn't exactly pay dividends for the Chicago Bears. Griese threw three interceptions as the Bears lost today to the Detroit Lions, 37-27. The Bears' record dropped to 1-3 and their status as an NFC contender is in serious jeopardy....

 

By Mark Maske | September 30, 2007; 06:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Beat Up on Defense

The Chicago Bears made a quarterback switch this week, from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese. But Coach Lovie Smith's biggest concern might be his lengthy list of injuries on defense. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris, linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman all sat out Thursday's practice...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Grossman Benching Is Official

The Chicago Bears made it official today and announced that Brian Griese has been elevated to the starting quarterback job, ahead of Rex Grossman. Griese is to start Sunday's game at Detroit. Grossman was benched after throwing six interceptions and only one touchdown pass in the Bears' first three...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Made: Bears to Bench Grossman

The Chicago Bears are poised to bench Rex Grossman, the wildly inconsistent quarterback who helped them reach the Super Bowl last season. Bears Coach Lovie Smith has decided to sit down Grossman and elevate backup Brian Griese to be the team's starter, two people familiar with the situation said....

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 07:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Switch for Bears Coming Wednesday?

The Chicago Bears are to announce Wednesday whether they're sticking with Rex Grossman as their starter at quarterback or switching to backup Brian Griese. Grossman threw three interceptions during Sunday night's lopsided loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys, and fans at Soldier Field chanted for Griese late in...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman's Play Raises Quarterback Issue Again in Chicago

Memo to Lovie Smith: It's time. The Chicago Bears rode their unwavering support of erratic quarterback Rex Grossman to a Super Bowl appearance last season. But Grossman has crossed the line from erratic to simply bad this season. He threw three interceptions in Sunday night's 34-10 loss at home...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is Grossman Playing for His Job?

PHILADELPHIA--It could be a big night for Rex Grossman. Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith and his players have turned their support of Grossman, their erratic quarterback, into a virtual badge of honor the past couple seasons. The more glaring the mistakes that Grossman made, the more fervent Smith and...

 

By Mark Maske | September 23, 2007; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Lose Two Defensive Starters for Season

The Chicago Bears lost two starting defensive players, safety Mike Brown and tackle Dusty Dvoracek, to season-ending knee injuries. Both were hurt during Sunday's loss in San Diego....

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Olsen's Knee Injury Not Serious

Rookie tight end Greg Olsen sat out the Chicago Bears' practice Monday. His status for the regular season opener against the San Diego Chargers is unclear. But he told reporters he won't be sidelined for an extended period after suffering a knee injury in the Bears' final preseason game....

 

By Mark Maske | September 4, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears' Rookie Tight End Hurt

Rookie tight end Greg Olsen is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today after suffering a knee injury late in the first half of the Chicago Bears' preseason finale Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. Olsen was the Bears' first-round draft pick in April and it's been hoped that...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Reportedly Won't Discipline Briggs For Traffic Incident

The Chicago Bears reportedly have no plans to discipline linebacker Lance Briggs for a traffic incident early Monday morning. Briggs crashed a new Lamborghini into a light pole and concrete bridge support alongside a Chicago expressway around 3 a.m. He told reporters Tuesday that he initially "panicked" and called...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (7)

Bears Fullback Suspended for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Ayanbadejo signed with the Bears in the offseason after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Get Safety Help in Trade With Bears

The Carolina Panthers bolstered their secondary today by trading a fifth-round draft pick next spring to the Chicago Bears for safety Chris Harris. Harris made 20 starts the past two seasons but was deemed expendable by the Bears because they traded for Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta in the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 08:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Walker Gets New Contract From Bears

The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Darwin Walker to a five-year, $25 million contract extension that includes about $8 million in bonus money. The two sides moved quickly to strike the deal after the Bears traded a 2008 draft pick to the Buffalo Bills over the weekend for Walker....

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Walker Trade Makes Sense for Both Bills, Bears

The Buffalo Bills solved a problem and the Chicago Bears filled a need with Sunday's trade of defensive tackle Darwin Walker from Buffalo to Chicago for a draft pick next spring. The Bills had obtained Walker in a March trade with the Philadelphia Eagles that sent linebacker Takeo Spikes...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Suspended for Eight Games

The NFL today suspended Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson for eight games for violating the league's conduct policy. Johnson was recently released from prison after serving half of a 120-day sentence for violating his probation in a gun case. His suspension is the third significant disciplinary action taken...

 

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

T. Johnson Ruling Could Come Soon

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears poised to rule on a possible suspension of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson for violating the league's conduct policy. Goodell met with Johnson last week in New York after Johnson was released from prison. Johnson served half of a 120-day sentence for...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Meets With Commissioner, No Decision Yet On Possible Suspension

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson had a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson is facing a possible suspension by Goodell for violating the league's conduct policy. Over the weekend, Johnson was released from prison after serving half of a 120-day sentence for...

 

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 09:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Set For Hearing Before Commissioner

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, facing a possible suspension for violating the league's conduct policy, is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York. Johnson just finished serving 60 days of a 120-day jail sentence for violating his probation in a...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 06:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Third-Round Pick Agrees to Contract With Bears

Rookie running back Garrett Wolfe became the first player selected in last month's NFL draft to agree to a contract with his team. Wolfe, a Northern Illinois product taken in the third round, agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth just less than $2.3 million, including...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Moving D. Hester to Offense

The Chicago Bears are moving cornerback Devin Hester to offense. There had been speculation that the move would be made after Hester scored six special-teams touchdowns on returns last season as a rookie, then returned the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl for a touchdown. The Bears are using...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Released From Jail

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from prison Sunday after serving half of a 120-day sentence for violating his probation in a gun case. He was released for good behavior. Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday in New York before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Owners...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson's Hearing Set for Next Wednesday

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is scheduled to have a hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell next Wednesday in New York. Johnson is completing a 120-day jail term for violating his probation in a gun case. Several NFL sources familiar with Johnson's case have said in recent weeks...

 

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 08:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Look Formidable Again

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Chicago Bears Players Released: None Free Agents Lost: Cameron Worrell, S Todd Johnson, S Justin Gage, WR Alfonso Boone, DT Ian Scott, DT Traded: Thomas Jones, RB Traded For: Adam Archuleta, S Free Agents Re-Signed: Ruben Brown, G Free Agents Added: Anthony Adams, DT Draft Rd....

 

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bears' T. Johnson Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Gun Charge

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor gun charge. Johnson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without an owner's identification as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid additional jail time. He is to serve 45 days in jail, a term that is...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Fined $100,000 For Sponsor Infraction During Super Bowl Media Day

The league today fined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher $100,000 for wearing a cap of an unauthorized sponsor during his media day interview session at the Super Bowl. The fine was so hefty because the infraction came at the Super Bowl, according to the league. A similar infraction during...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bears Busy in Free Agency

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The Chicago Bears were busy on the free agent market Sunday. They re-signed guard Ruben Brown and added defensive tackle Anthony Adams. Brown, who reached the Pro Bowl for the ninth time last season, signed a one-year, $2.2 million deal. The Bears lured Adams from the San Francisco...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was sentenced to four months in prison and fined $2,500 for violating his probation in a gun case. Johnson was arrested in December on gun charges and pleaded guilty to violating his probation from a previous weapons case. He also faces a likely...

 

By Mark Maske | March 15, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Trade T. Jones to Jets

The New York Jets obtained tailback Thomas Jones in a trade with the Chicago Bears. Jones ran for more than 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons but the Bears have Cedric Benson ready to take over as the starter. The Bears sent Jones and a second-round...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 07:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Contract Puts L. Smith Among Ten Highest-Paid Coaches

The contract extension that Lovie Smith signed with the Chicago Bears puts him among the league's 10 highest-paid coaches. Smith's four-year extension runs through the 2011 season and is worth $22 million. That, combined with the one season he had left on his existing deal, means he'll make $23.45...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Get Extension with L. Smith Done

The Chicago Bears said they would sign Coach Lovie Smith to a contract extension, and they did. The Bears announced Wednesday night they'd signed Smith to a four-year extension that, combined with the one season remaining on his existing deal, runs through the 2011 season. There had been recent...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Says He Expects to Complete Extension with Bears

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith told reporters today in Indianapolis he expects to complete a contract extension with the team before his current deal expires after next season. Smith just led the Bears to the Super Bowl in a season in which he was the lowest-paid head coach in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 23, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bears Promote Babich to Defensive Coordinator

The Chicago Bears elevated Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator. The move comes a day after the team announced it would not be renewing the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Rivera took a job in San Diego as the Chargers' linebackers coach....

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers, Bears Show How Crazy Things Are for NFL Coaches

So, let's get this straight: A team that went 14-2 during the regular season, the San Diego Chargers, has changed head coaches. A team that reached the Super Bowl on the strength of its defense, the Chicago Bears, is changing defensive coordinators. There are good livings to be made...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Happenings in Chicago

What, exactly, are the Chicago Bears doing? Do the people running the show inside Halas Hall realize the team just reached the Super Bowl and, if not for the erratic play of quarterback Rex Grossman, might have won it? This is a time for stability. Instead, the team's upper...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (9)

Rivera Headed to Chargers as Linebackers Coach

Ron Rivera is headed to the San Diego Chargers as their linebackers coach, an NFL source said tonight. Rivera was told by the Chicago Bears they weren't renewing his contract as defensive coordinator. Now he'll work for Chargers Coach Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who were hired...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Dump Rivera

The Chicago Bears announced today they won't retain Ron Rivera as their defensive coordinator. Rivera interviewed for six of the seven head coaching vacancies in the league this offseason but now, stunningly, is out of a job in Chicago. "I don't see it as a firing or anything like...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears' Briggs, Patriots' Samuel Get Franchise Player Tags

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel were given franchise player tags by their teams Friday. Briggs, if he remains the Bears' franchise player, would have a salary of $7.206 million next season. Samuel would have a $7.79 million salary if he remains the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 17, 2007; 12:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Pleads Guilty to Probation Violation

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to violating his probation on a gun charge. Johnson was left on home confinement until his mid-March sentencing but was told he's allowed to attend Bears' practices. He'd been placed on that confinement after being arrested in December on gun...

 

By Mark Maske | February 9, 2007; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Probably Will Interview Caldwell As Well As Rivera

MIAMI--Two assistant coaches about to participate in today's Super Bowl likely will interview for the Dallas Cowboys' head coaching job within the next day or two. The Cowboys appear intent upon interviewing Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, a source familiar...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2007; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivera Might Get His Chance, After All

MIAMI--It appeared a few days ago that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera had been shut out of the head coaching mix during this hiring cycle. The only team with a head coaching vacancy was the Dallas Cowboys and they seemed likely to hire their coach before owner Jerry...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Offense For Urlacher

MIAMI--There has been some speculation that linebacker Brian Urlacher perhaps could be worked into the Chicago Bears' game plan on offense Sunday. But Bears Coach Lovie Smith said today it won't happen. "Brian is a middle linebacker," Smith said. "You wouldn't put Dick Butkus at tight end."...

 

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Not Focused on Quarterback Comparisons

MIAMI--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith said he doesn't think his quarterback, Rex Grossman, will have a problem dealing with the unfavorable comparisons that will be made this week between him and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. "We've had a chance to prepare ourselves for this," Smith said. "He has...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Light Practice

MIAMI--The Chicago Bears got in their first practice of Super Bowl week before the Indianapolis Colts even arrived in town. The Bears, after getting here Sunday, had an approximately one-hour practice today. "The guys are excited," Coach Lovie Smith said. "If you practiced for the Super Bowl each day,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Head Coaching Job for R. Rivera

MIAMI--It appears that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will be passed over for an NFL head coaching job during this hiring cycle. Only one team, the Dallas Cowboys, still has a coaching vacancy and owner Jerry Jones appears close to making a choice from among just-hired offensive coordinator...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Not Exactly Going Wild

MIAMI--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith was asked during his news conference today if he would take time at any point this week to enjoy the city and enjoy the Super Bowl experience. "Each day since we won the NFC championship, I've enjoyed it," he said. "I don't drink. I...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy, Smith Take Different Approaches

MIAMI--The two Super Bowl coaches are close friends and former associates, but Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith have taken different approaches to dealing with the demands of the week. Smith brought his Chicago Bears to town Sunday, saying during his arrival news conference Sunday night that he wanted his...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Planning to Complete Contract Extension With L. Smith After Super Bowl

The Chicago Bears have put their contract talks with Coach Lovie Smith on hold until after the Super Bowl but club officials say they intend to sign him to an extension afterward. Smith is the NFL's lowest-paid coach this season with a salary of $1.35 million. He was the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Granted Court Permission to Travel to Super Bowl

A judge ruled today that Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson can travel to Miami next week to play in the Super Bowl. Johnson is awaiting trial on gun-related charges after being arrested last month. Police found six weapons and ammunition in Johnson's home, according to prosecutors, and he's...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Friends Dungy, L. Smith Making History Together

INDIANAPOLIS--One of the leading Super Bowl storylines will be the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith being the first two black head coaches to lead their teams to the game. Dungy touched on the issue late Sunday but said he wanted to wait until today...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (12)

Bears, L. Smith Negotiating New Contract

The Chicago Bears have intensified talks with Coach Lovie Smith about a new contract that would give him a sizable raise, an NFL source said. Smith was the league's lowest-paid head coach this season with a salary of about $1.3 million. He was the NFL's coach of the year...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals to Interview Rivera Today

The Arizona Cardinals are to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera today in Chicago. The Cardinals, who fired Dennis Green as their coach on Monday, also have scheduled interviews with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman on Thursday and Indianapolis Colts assistant...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Participates in Bears' Practice

Defensive tackle Tank Johnson participated in the Chicago Bears' practice Wednesday and should play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers in the final game of the NFL's regular season. Johnson was suspended for one game by the Bears after being arrested on gun charges. A judge ordered him...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Orders T. Johnson to Stay at Home

A judge today ordered Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson to remain at his home except to work until it's determined whether he violated his probation. Johnson is prohibited from out-of-state travel without court permission. He was arrested last week on misdemeanor gun charges and probation officials contend that...

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

T. Johnson's Arrest Could Be Probation Violation

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is scheduled to be in court Friday. Probation officers contend that his arrest last week on misdemeanor gun charges is a violation of his probation stemming from a previous gun charge. A judge possibly could send him to jail. Other possibilities include extending...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Suspend DT Johnson For One Game

The Chicago Bears suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson for one game. Johnson was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor gun charges after police searched his home and found six unregistered firearms. He was at a downtown nightclub when his friend, a man described as Johnson's bodyguard, was shot and killed early...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 08:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears DT Johnson Facing Gun Charge

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was charged with not having a gun owner's identification card. Police searched Johnson's home and reportedly found six firearms. He was charged with a misdemeanor that could bring up to a year of prison time....

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Will Be Without T. Harris Through Playoffs

Tommie Harris, the Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl defensive tackle, is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his injured hamstring and will miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. Alfonso Boone replaced Harris in the starting lineup for Monday night's triumph at St. Louis....

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Put on Notice

Struggling quarterback Rex Grossman finally has been put on notice that his starting job with the Chicago Bears could be in jeopardy. Coach Lovie Smith has remained publicly supportive of Grossman, saying the team has gone 10-2 with him as the starter and he remains the club's quarterback. But...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Lose T. Harris, Perhaps For Season

The Chicago Bears have suffered a significant loss on defense. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season and perhaps the playoffs because of a severe hamstring injury. He also is suffering from a knee injury that isn't as severe....

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Steadfast in Supporting Grossman

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith is sticking steadfastly by Rex Grossman as the team's starting quarterback. There's been plenty of clamoring for Smith to turn to backup Brian Griese but Smith has been adamant that Grossman is the club's starter. Grossman threw three interceptions and had a passer rating...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

L. Smith Says He's Sticking By Grossman

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith is sticking by his quarterback, Rex Grossman. Grossman was horrendous during Sunday's loss here to the New England Patriots, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble on a snap. The 17-13 defeat dropped the Bears' record to 9-2. The Bears have a veteran...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Leaves Urlacher Grasping at Air

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The talk in the New England Patriots' locker room after their 17-13 triumph over the Chicago Bears was about quarterback Tom Brady somehow maneuvering his way around Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on a fourth-quarter scramble to set up the game-winning touchdown. "I don't know how he made...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

League Suspends R. Manning for One Game

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. for one game. He will sit out Sunday's game at New England. Manning pleaded no contest in September to a felony assault charge related to a April altercation with a man in a Los Angeles restaurant. Manning was placed on...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bears Regain Swagger

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Chicago Bears are firmly in control of the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. They improved their record to 8-1 with Sunday night's 38-20 victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. That puts the Bears two games in front of the Seattle...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 01:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Inexplicable Field Goal Decision Dooms Giants Against Bears

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--What, exactly, was Tom Coughlin thinking? The New York Giants faced a fourth-and-15 play at the Chicago 34-yard line early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's showdown game at Giants Stadium between the NFC's two top teams. The Bears led, 24-20. Coughlin, essentially, had two viable...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (9)

Urlacher Sits Again But Might Practice Friday

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher sat out the Chicago Bears' practice for a second day in a row today, but neither he nor the Bears are ruling out the possibility of him playing Sunday night against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Urlacher suffered a sprained toe in last...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Misses Bears' Practice

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher sat out the Chicago Bears' practice today. He suffered a sprained toe in last weekend's loss to the Miami Dolphins and it's unclear if he'll be able to play Sunday night against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium....

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 08:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Urlacher Has Sprained Toe, Leaving Status Unclear This Week

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher suffered a sprained toe during Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. His playing status this week is unclear, but the Bears originally had feared the injury might be more severe. The Bears face the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on Sunday night....

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Center Kreutz Gets Three-Year Extension

The Chicago Bears signed center Olin Kreutz to a three-year, $17.5 million contract extension. The deal runs through the 2010 season....

 

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 12:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

J. Taylor Sticks Up For Beleaguered Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor told reporters Wednesday it's possible that his 1-6 team could beat the undefeated Bears on Sunday in Chicago. "It's not going to take a miracle to beat this team," Taylor said. "I'm sorry. I'll give the Bears their respect. They're a good football...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bears-Giants Game on Nov. 12 Moved to Nighttime Slot Under Flexible-Scheduling Plan

The Nov. 12 game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants at Giants Stadium has been moved to 8:15 p.m. It had been scheduled to be played that afternoon. It is the first game to be rescheduled under the league's new flexible-scheduling plan, designed to ensure that NBC...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bears Place Safety M. Brown on IR List

The Chicago Bears placed safety Mike Brown on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Brown underwent surgery Wednesday to have a torn ligament in his foot repaired. He suffered the injury during Monday night's comeback triumph at Arizona. The veteran is one of the Bears' top players...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Singletary Readies to Face Bears as 49ers Assistant

The Chicago Bears' glorious present will butt heads with their glorious past a week from Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers visit Soldier Field after both teams have a bye this weekend. Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame middle linebacker who anchored the Bears' defense in their Super Bowl-winning season...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Safety M. Brown Undergoes Foot Surgery

The Chicago Bears' Super Bowl hopes took a hit today when veteran safety Mike Brown underwent surgery for ligament damage in his foot. Brown suffered the injury during Monday night's comeback triumph in Arizona. It's unclear how long Brown will be sidelined or if he'll be placed in the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 09:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Now Lucky As Well As Good

It may be better to be lucky than good. But it's best of all to be lucky AND good, and that's the combination the Chicago Bears have working for them right now. The Bears, after winning their first five games by an average margin of 24 points, remained unbeaten...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Say They're Taking Leinart, Cardinals Seriously

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--The Chicago Bears have an unbeaten record and perhaps the league's best defense, and they'll face a rookie quarterback on Monday night in Arizona when they play Matt Leinart and the Cardinals. But Bears defenders said here Thursday that Leinart, after spending most of his college career...

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bears Enter Season with T. Jones Ahead of Benson in RB Derby

The Chicago Bears enter the regular season with Thomas Jones as their starting tailback. Cedric Benson had seem poised at the outset of training camp to win the job, but he was plagued by a shoulder injury and Jones returned from a strained hamstring in time to get the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jones Looks Like Front-Runner in Bears' RB Derby

Thomas Jones seems to have pulled ahead of Cedric Benson is the competition for the Chicago Bears' starting tailback job. Jones is back from a hamstring injury and is scheduled to start Friday's exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals, while Benson remains sidelined by an ailing shoulder. Benson also...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Benson Sanctioned for Leaving Bears' Sideline

Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he disciplined tailback Cedric Benson for leaving the team's sideline during Friday's exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers. Smith did not reveal the details of the punishment. Benson, who was not playing in the game because of a shoulder injury,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles, Bears, Niners, Titans Also Were Lelie Bidders

According to an NFL source, the other bidders for Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie--traded Tuesday to the Atlanta Falcons in a three-way deal involving the Washington Redskins, who got Atlanta tailback T.J. Duckett--were the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. It was thought in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

No QB Controversy in Chicago... At Least Not Yet

There are whispers about a quarterback controversy in Chicago, with Brian Griese having led three touchdown drives in the Bears' two preseason games while Rex Grossman has led none. But Bears Coach Lovie Smith is saying that Grossman remains his starter. The club signed Griese as a free agent...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2006; 09:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Get Back T. Jones But Not Benson

The Chicago Bears have back one of their top tailbacks but remain without the other. Thomas Jones practiced Wednesday after being sidelined since the beginning of training camp by a strained hamstring muscle. Cedric Benson remains on the shelf because of a shoulder injury suffered early in camp....

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Rookie Getting Look at Safety

An injury to veteran Mike Brown has moved rookie Danieal Manning into the Chicago Bears' starting lineup, at least temporarily, at safety. With Brown sidelined because of an ailing left Achilles' tendon, the Bears have moved Chris Harris from free safety to strong safety and Manning is taking over...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Suddenly Hurting at RB

When training camp began, it looked like the Chicago Bears had too many tailbacks. Now it suddenly appears they don't have enough, with Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson both hurt. Jones has been on the shelf throughout training camp because of a strained hamstring muscle. Benson hurt his shoulder...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2006; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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