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  • Jay Cutler not resting on 2013 success

    Jay Cutler not resting on 2013 success

    ESPN.com suntimes.com Updated 26 minutes ago
    He’s taken part in just four practices at training camp, but in that short sliver of time, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler shows evidence he’s poised to take a major step in Year 2 of Marc Trestman’s offense. “It’s obvious in practice that Jay is t…
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  • Rookie DT Will Sutton knows he has work to do

    Rookie DT Will Sutton knows he has work to do

    suntimes.com 15 hours ago
    BOURBONNAIS — A full practice working with the first team Monday wasn’t enough for rookie defensive tackle Will Sutton. He needed some extra work with skill-development coach Joe Kim after facing guard Matt Slauson. ‘‘You can’t just go down the middle o…
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  • Optimistic Lance Briggs wants to retire in Bears uniform

    Optimistic Lance Briggs wants to retire in Bears uniform

    suntimes.com 15 hours ago
    BOURBONNAIS — Never known as a workout warrior, Lance Briggs is stepping up his weight-room routine this season. ‘‘When I was younger, I would work out three days, take a day off; work out four, take a day off; work out one day, take a day off,’’ Briggs…
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  • Unproven backups competing behind Forte

    Unproven backups competing behind Forte

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Churning up a toboggan hill as part of his offseason conditioning program in a suburban Chicago park, Matt Forte apparently stopped long enough only to urge on and, yes, ride his workout partner. "He killed me," said Micha…
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  • Bears Camp Report: Day 4

    Bears Camp Report: Day 4

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Chicago Bears training camp: Expectations are sky high for a Bears offense that ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year in points scored (27.8 per game) and No. 5 in passing yards (267.6 per …
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  • Kyle Long (viral infection) visits doctors

    Kyle Long (viral infection) visits doctors

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long met with doctors on Monday to check the progress of his recovery from a viral infection that’s forced the former first-round pick to miss the opening four practices of camp. Despite Long’…
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  • Chicago Bears' projected roster

    Chicago Bears' projected roster

    ESPN.com Jul 28 (yesterday)
    Examining the Chicago Bears' roster: QUARTERBACKS (3) Jay Cutler Jimmy Clausen David Fales Jimmy Clausen continues to gain ground on Jordan Palmer, and appears poised to unseat the him for the No. 2 job behind Cutler. Fales' delivery looks a bit odd, bu…
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  • New top-secret Bears defense is no joke

    New top-secret Bears defense is no joke

    suntimes.com Jul 27 (yesterday)
    BOURBONNAIS — Getting any information about the details of ­defensive coordinator Mel Tucker’s scheme changes is like pulling teeth strapped with braces. Tucker’s playbook seemingly has ‘‘Top Secret’’ stamped on it. There are polite refusals. ‘‘I don’t …
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  • Bears rookie punter Pat O’Donnell earning fans and a nickname

    Bears rookie punter Pat O’Donnell earning fans and a nickname

    suntimes.com ESPN.com Jul 27 (yesterday)
    BOURBONNAIS — The ball soared halfway to Kankakee. More than five seconds later, it fell toward earth, and the crowd erupted with its loudest cheer. The ball wasn’t thrown by Jay Cutler for a touchdown or kicked by Robbie Gould through the uprights. It …
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  • Chris Williams could be Devin Hester’s flair apparent at return…

    Chris Williams could be Devin Hester’s flair apparent at returner

    suntimes.com Jul 27 (yesterday)
    BOURBONNAIS — It’s likely Devin Hester’s replacement will have to do more than return kicks to make the Bears’ roster. That could put Chris Williams in the early lead. The 5-8, 175-pound Williams, a former CFL all-star returner/receiver, continued to ca…
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  • Bears Camp Report: Day 3

    Bears Camp Report: Day 3

    ESPN.com Jul 27 (yesterday)
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Chicago Bears training camp: Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop. That’s what you hear every day after practice. The players resemble Kung-Fu fighters in football pads as they work hand-fi…
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  • Nate Collins stars in Bears' pass-rush drill

    Nate Collins stars in Bears' pass-rush drill

    ESPN.com Jul 27 (yesterday)
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Arguably the best drill conducted in full pads is the one-on-one pass-rush competition between offensive and defensive linemen. Granted, football is not an individual sport, but players are required to win individual battles in the …
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  • Kelvin Hayden happy to have chance after missing last season

    Kelvin Hayden happy to have chance after missing last season

    suntimes.com ESPN.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS — Cornerback Kelvin Hayden isn’t all the way back, but he’s getting there. Interceptions in training-camp practices without pads are fool’s gold more often than not. But for Hayden, his early impact at Bears camp — including an interception …
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  • Martellus Bennett working on yards after catch

    Martellus Bennett working on yards after catch

    suntimes.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS — Tight end Martellus Bennett wants to be a beast of burden. Bennett has declared this season the ‘‘Year of the YAK,’’ misspelling the acronym for ‘‘yards after catch’’ on purpose. ‘‘I just like the animal — yak — better than the word YAC,’’…
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  • Bears committed to a Forte-first approach

    Bears committed to a Forte-first approach

    suntimes.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS — Question Bears coach Marc Trestman about how Matt Forte can improve during training camp and he practically does a Kennedy impression. Ask not what Matt Forte can do for the Bears. Ask what the Bears can do to help their Pro Bowl running b…
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  • Jennings, Young day to day with quad soreness

    Jennings, Young day to day with quad soreness

    ESPN.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out cornerback Tim Jennings from Saturday’s workout as a precautionary measure as the veteran suffered a strained quadriceps on Friday, while defensive end Willie Young left practice after experiencing what co…
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  • Tempers flare on Day 2 for Bears

    Tempers flare on Day 2 for Bears

    ESPN.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Even with temperatures in the low 70s, the Bears momentarily lost their cool for the second consecutive day. Friday’s brief shoving match between wide receiver Eric Weems and cornerback Sherrick McManis lasted only a couple seconds, …
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  • Four downs with Ditka

    Four downs with Ditka

    suntimes.com Jul 26 (3 days ago)
    What’s the No. 1 thing coach Marc Trestman has to establish in Bears training camp this season? Marc realized that they needed help on defense, and they went out and fixed that in the offseason. You can’t win in this league today unless you play defense…
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  • DE Jared Allen already having positive impact for Bears

    DE Jared Allen already having positive impact for Bears

    suntimes.com ESPN.com Jul 26 (4 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS — Jared Allen isn’t trying to be a leader. The Bears already have linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman for that. So Allen prefers to sell himself as a new guy just trying to contribute, not as the Pro Bowl defensive end wit…
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  • Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller gets 2 picks

    Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller gets 2 picks

    suntimes.com Jul 25 (4 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS — Rookie Kyle Fuller had an eventful introduction to the NFL on his first day of training camp Friday. The Bears’ first-round draft pick from Virginia Tech had two interceptions, was burned for a long touchdown and was victimized by a push-o…
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  • Jared Allen wastes little time making impact felt on Chicago Be…

    Jared Allen wastes little time making impact felt on Chicago Bears' defense

    yahoo.com Jul 25 (4 days ago)
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery might have been the Chicago Bears players earning the loudest cheers during the first training-camp practice of the summer, but after the session was over the fans' biggest ovations were reserved f…
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  • Live blog: Bears training camp

    Live blog: Bears training camp

    suntimes.com Jul 25 (4 days ago)
    The latest news, updates from Bears training camp.
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  • Video - Bears Camp: State Of The Bears 03:23

    Bears Camp: State Of The Bears

    Jul 28
    Jeff Dickerson discusses the Bears' attempt to upgrade their defense, the health of Kyle Long, and the productivity the team should expect from QB Jay Cutler if he remains healthy.
  • Video - Changes In Bears' Defense 02:05

    Changes In Bears' Defense

    Jul 28
    Michele Steele has the latest on the Bears' new-look defense and hears from defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who explains what he's most pleased about.
  • Video - Mind reading with 'NFL Total Access' 02:22

    Mind reading with 'NFL Total Access'

    Jul 27
    In this segment, the "NFL Total Access" team puts on their fortune-teller caps and gives their best guess as to what these players and coaches are thinking at training camp.
  • Video - Wade's One-Handed Catch From Brandon Marshall 00:14

    Wade's One-Handed Catch From Brandon Marshall

    Jul 26
    Heat guard Dwyane Wade showed off his football skills while in the gym, catching passes from Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Sports Columnists

  • The Tuesday Mailbag

    Jul 29
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Strange scene at Panthers’ training camp Monday morning: A man who looked like Michael Phelps, maybe 6-4 and 235, watching Carolina’s fourth camp practice, wearing cargo shorts and a denim shirt, sunglasses and a goatee, not botherin…
  • Five Things I Think I Think: New Orleans Saints

    Jul 28
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  • Scenes from an Ongoing Tour of Training Camps

    Jul 28
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — This is what a real training-camp practice sounds like, via the verbal stylings of New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his defensive coach, Bill Johnson. The scene: First padded Saints practice of camp … Sunday …
  • Mailbag -- Johnny Manziel's uphill battle and other early training camp ob…

    Jul 27
    Mailbag: The early days of training camps were marked by injuries, a scarcity of holdouts, Johnny Manziel's uphill battle and more, John Clayton writes.