Player News - Bears

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WGN Radio's Adam Hoge reports Kyle Long is a "legitimate option at right tackle" for the Bears.

"He’s had plenty of practice at both guard and tackle," coach John Fox said. There was speculation Long would kick outside all summer, but that speculation seemed to die after Long spent most of training camp at right guard. With Jordan Mills and Charles Leno struggling at tackle, perhaps moving Long to tackle and slotting Vladimir Ducasse in a right guard is the Bears' best move. Long has been a Pro Bowler at right guard each of his first two years in the league.
Sep 1 - 8:01 AM

Bears No. 2 QB Jimmy Clausen has a concussion.

Clausen should be ready for Week 1, but it means he'll miss valuable reps in Thursday's preseason finale. It's also a concern after Clausen was concussed on a vicious hit late last season. Clausen is one of the league's poorer backups, but he could end up making starts if Jay Cutler's career continues its downward trajectory.
Aug 31 - 2:31 PM

The Bears are expected to start Alan Ball opposite Kyle Fuller at cornerback this season.

Ball is a 30-year-old journeyman the Bears signed to a one-year, $3 million deal in the offseason. Tim Jennings' release locks in Ball opposite Fuller, with special teamer Sherrick McManis currently the favorite to man the slot. With problems at safety as well, the Bears' secondary will be one to target for fantasy matchup purposes this year. They face Aaron Rodgers in Week 1.
Aug 30 - 9:46 PM

Bears placed WR Kevin White on the reserve/PUP list.

He's officially ineligible to play in the Bears' opening six games. The Bears will turn to Eddie Royal as their No. 2 receiver opposite Alshon Jeffery, with Martellus Bennett continuing to play a prominent passing-game role. White is recovering from stress fracture surgery and may miss his entire rookie year.
Aug 30 - 8:18 PM

Bears placed S Ryan Mundy (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's another blow to one of the NFL's worst secondaries. Mundy was far from a difference maker, but started all 16 games last season, recording 103 tackles and four interceptions. The Bears will go with some combination of Adrian Amos, Brock Vereen, and Antrel Rolle at safety. For now, Rolle is locked in at free safety with rookie Amos manning the strong side.
Aug 30 - 7:46 PM

Second-round NT Eddie Goldman suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals.

The injury occurred on a five-yard run by Jeremy Hill to start the second quarter. Goldman was the favorite to start at nose tackle during Jeremiah Ratliff's three-game suspension but now it's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the season. Ratliff hurt his left ankle Saturday and left the stadium on crutches. Terry Williams is next up on the depth chart at nose tackle.
Aug 30 - 12:54 PM

Martellus Bennett caught seven passes for 45 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

With the Bears top three receivers sidelined, Jay Cutler locked on to Bennett for seven targets. He continues to have a strong preseason, posting 11 catches for 94 yards. Bennett should be drafted as a mid-to-high TE1.
Aug 29 - 10:07 PM

Jay Cutler completed 13-of-17 passes for 98 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

Cutler was playing without his top three wideouts, so it's hard to draw any conclusions. He's managed to cut down on his turnovers this preseason, throwing zero interceptions through three games. Cutler isn't more than a mid-range QB2.
Aug 29 - 9:57 PM

Matt Forte had six carries for 16 yards in Saturday's third preseason game.

He was targeted twice, but didn't have any catches. Forte is expected to see a bigger rushing workload and smaller pass-game role under OC Adam Gase, making him more of a low-end RB1. He's averaged just 2.86 YPC in two preseason games. Forte has decline concerns entering his age-30 season.
Aug 29 - 9:47 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times noted the Bears "DB Shuffle" as a factor to watch in Week 3 of the NFL preseason with cuts looming.

New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will attempt to revive the Chicago secondary that finished 2014 30th in the NFL against the pass after coughing up 264.4 passing yards per contest. The Chicago D/ST can safely be left off of fantasy cheat sheets this draft season and certainly won’t be an option in Week 1 as they host the Green Bay Packers.
Aug 29 - 11:01 AM

The Chicago Sun-Times believes CB Terrance Mitchell has played his way onto the Bears' roster.

A seventh-round pick of the Cowboys last season, Mitchell could not make it through final cuts and spent the first six weeks of the season on the Bears' practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in October but did not see a snap. A playmaker at Oregon, Mitchell has one interception this preseason and has earned positive coverage grades from Pro Football Focus.
Aug 29 - 10:08 AM

Alshon Jeffery (calf) remained sidelined Thursday.

It means he's likely to miss Saturday's Week 1 tune up. Jeffery should be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in 17 days.
Aug 27 - 1:22 PM

Bears WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

It's a major disappointment for a player the Bears need to step up in the absence of Kevin White, as Wilson is now all but certain to miss this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal. Wilson is shaping up as a dart throw WR5/6 in re-draft leagues.
Aug 27 - 1:21 PM

Eddie Royal (hip) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game.

Royal didn't practice Wednesday due to a hip issue. With Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, and Marquess Wilson sidelined, it's the latest setback to the Bears receiver depth. Coach John Fox didn't seem overly concerned with Royal's injury. Royal should be considered day to day.
Aug 26 - 5:05 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell confirms Bears OLB Willie Young is on the roster bubble.

Young is coming back from a Week 16 torn Achilles' and trying to adjust to a 3-4 defense after spending his entire career in a 4-3. The scheme change is what's hurting him. Young led the Bears with 10 sacks last season, but Chicago is getting OLB Lamarr Houston back from injury and signed OLB Pernell McPhee. As long as Young is healthy, he'd be a hot name should he be part of final cuts.
Aug 26 - 9:03 AM


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