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Bears signed C Roberto Garza to a one-year extension through 2015.

Garza turns 36 in March, but the Bears have been pleased by his play despite sub-par marks from Pro Football Focus. Garza remains an effective run blocker, but is PFF's No. 21 center among 40 qualifiers entering Week 17, often getting abused in pass protection. Even if Garza starts for one more year, GM Phil Emery needs to begin considering a center of the future.
Dec 26 - 2:08 PM

Marquess Wilson (knee) was limited on Wednesday.

Wilson missed just seven snaps last week due to his knee injury. It's not a concern for his Week 17 status. Wilson is averaging five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown over the last two games.
Dec 24 - 3:15 PM

Bears signed DE Austen Lane.

He'll take the roster spot of DE Willie Young (Achilles'), who has officially been placed on injured reserve. A 2010 fifth-round pick of the Jags, Lane has made 30 career appearances, but couldn't make it past final cuts with the Bears last summer.
Dec 23 - 5:59 PM

With Jimmy Clausen (concussion) sidelined, Jay Cutler will be back under center for the Bears in Week 17.

Smokin' Jay comes crawling back. He'll be backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. Cutler will be facing the Vikings, a team he shredded for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 11 victory. We obviously aren't expecting a repeat performance, but Cutler will be on the DFS radar.
Dec 22 - 2:44 PM

Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will be sidelined for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.

Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Lions RE Ziggy Ansah in Sunday's loss, and apparently suffered "delayed" symptoms. He didn't miss a snap, but ended up going to the hospital on Sunday evening. The league still has a long way to go with concussions. Clausen's injury means Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17, and backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. The timing couldn't be worse for Clausen, who didn't put anything persuasive on film Sunday. There's no guarantee he'll get a No. 2 job for 2015.
Dec 22 - 2:33 PM

Robbie Gould (quad) said he won't be available for the Week 17 finale against the Vikings.

Replacement Jay Feely didn't get a field goal chance against the Lions in Week 15.
Dec 22 - 10:54 AM

Bears DE Willie Young tore his left Achilles' tendon during Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Young will need surgery to repair the tendon. It's a frustrating end to a breakout season for the ex-Lion, who signed a three-year deal with the Bears in March. Young leads the team with 10 sacks and has been stout in run defense.
Dec 21 - 9:22 PM

Martellus Bennett caught one pass for zero yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Bennett was targeted just three times while Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson combined for 25. That may have been part of the gameplan as a Bears offensive line without Kyle Long tried to protect Jimmy Clausen. In the previous four games, Bennett averaged 9.7 targets per day. The Bears wrap the season against the Vikings next week.
Dec 21 - 4:36 PM

Marquess Wilson caught seven passes for 66 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Wilson again played every snap outside of a brief absence to work through a knee bruise. But he didn't get any deep shots, instead consistently working underneath on slants and comeback routes. He dropped two of his 10 targets. Still, we've seen enough from Wilson to think he can at least be a solid No. 3 receiver in this league. The Bears wrap the season against the Vikings next week.
Dec 21 - 4:32 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught six passes for 72 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Jeffery caught a severe case of the dropsies and ended up with an absurd five of them. On the last one, he was grasping his head in disbelief before the ball even hit the ground. Jeffery still had a nice fantasy day, getting targeted on lots of wide receiver screens and hauling in a 20-yard scoring pass from a cool and collected Jimmy Clausen in the third quarter. The Bears wrap the season against the Vikings next week.
Dec 21 - 4:26 PM

Matt Forte rushed 19 times for 55 yards and caught six passes for 40 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

With Jimmy Clausen settling this Bears offense down, Forte finally got the opportunities he deserved. And he was effective, especially considering he was facing the league's No. 2 defense. Forte's touchdown came at the end of the first half on a pretty, lofted throw that led him into the end zone. The Bears wrap up the season at Minnesota next week.
Dec 21 - 4:22 PM

Jimmy Clausen completed 23-of-39 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-14 Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Facing the league's No. 2 defense, Clausen played far better than his numbers looked. Bears receivers dropped an absurd seven passes, many of them easy catches on third downs that would have kept drives alive. Clausen's lone turnover was a fourth-down Hail Mary with under two minutes left in the game. He was very confident and calm both in pre-snap reads and in the pocket, executing Marc Trestman's offense far better than benched Jay Cutler has in the last month. It reaffirms our belief that Cutler was the issue for the Bears' offense, not Trestman. Cutler just won't listen to the whispers.
Dec 21 - 4:13 PM

Bears DE Willie Young left Sunday's Week 16 game against the Lions with an Achilles' injury.

Young went down on a non-contact play and had to be carted off. The ex-Lion is likely done for the season.
Dec 21 - 2:48 PM

Bears declared RG Kyle Long (hip) inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Lions.

Long's absence is a major concern for a team starting Jimmy Clausen at quarterback and facing Ndamukong Suh. Michael Ola will start at right guard and Ryan Groy at left guard. The rest of the Bears inactives: DT Will Sutton, K Robbie Gould, S Chris Conte, QB David Fales.
Dec 21 - 11:38 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along the Titans as a potential trade partner for Jay Cutler.

It seems like RapSheet is spitballing here -- he didn't cite any sources -- but the Titans are quarterback needy, and Cutler played college ball at nearby Vanderbilt. Attempting to develop Zach Mettenberger remains high on coach Ken Whisenhunt's priority list. That said, Cutler shouldn't cost more than a mid- to late-round draft pick based on the overwhelming salary he is due.
Dec 21 - 9:46 AM


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