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Denver Broncos player joins Colin Kaepernick's protest on NFL opening night
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem on the NFL's opening night.
545 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | San Francisco 49ers National Football League American football Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks Chicago Bears American football positions San Diego Chargers
Rob Gronkowski expected to play against Cardinals
FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski cast some doubt yesterday on his availability for the season opener, but it’s not quite time to panic.Barring an unexpected setback in the next 72 hours, the Patriots tight end is expected to play Sunday night against the Cardinals, according to two sources.
2 points by Boston Herald | New England Patriots Bill Belichick Tight end Chicago Bears The Lockers Patriot American football positions
Detroit Lions defense, specialists scouting report
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the Lions’ defense and specialists        
3 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Linebacker Chicago Bears Cornerback Tight end 2009 NFL Draft Punt
What we learned: Cody Whitehair literally center of attention for Bears
The Bears are inching closer to their regular season opener Sunday in Houston with the Texans. Here's what we learned Thursday in Lake Forest. 1. Rookie Cody Whitehair continues grinding as he prepares for his first NFL start. After spending most of the preseason working at left guard, Whitehair...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football positions National Football League American football Offensive tackle Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Pro Bowl Denver Broncos
Cubs fans take home pieces of Wrigley
What would you do with a grassy patch of Wrigley Field? Rich Gracia has a plan: "I'm going to try to extract DNA from it, and maybe I can clone Kris Bryant." He was one of many fans who came to Wrigley on Wednesday and Thursday for the free giveaway of Wrigley sod, after the Cubs replaced much...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Chicago White Sox 2003 National League Championship Series Ernie Banks Major League Baseball 2008 Chicago Cubs season Chicago Bears
Time for Bears defense to finally develop reputation again, be the difference
A press release arrived recently announcing Bears linebacker legends Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will host a party on the eve of Sunday's season opener against the Texans. Later on television appeared the face of former Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije, who gets paid to provide insight....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football positions American football Tampa 2 Linebacker Blitz National Football League Bill Belichick
Illinois OKs six-year, $21 million contract for Smith
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Illinois Lovie Smith Chicago Bears Ohio Chicago Urbana Illinois Michigan Champaign Illinois
Bears season preview: Defensive growth chart
The Chicago Bears are proud to introduce … Leonard Floyd Arrived: April 28, 2016. 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. Welcomed to Halas Hall by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt. Until he makes his first Pro Bowl, Floyd will be hounded by the type of critical questioning...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football Linebacker American football positions National Football League Indianapolis Colts Tampa 2 Green Bay Packers
Bears season preview: Offensive growth chart
The Chicago Bears are proud to introduce … Kevin White Arrived: April 30, 2015. 6-foot-3, 216 pounds. Welcomed to Halas Hall by general manager Ryan Pace and quarterback Jay Cutler Pace's first draft pick as GM will debut a year later than planned, but that has only heightened Chicago's anticipation....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears National Football League American football positions American football Denver Broncos Jay Cutler Quarterback Pro Bowl
U of Illinois OKs six-year, $21 million contract for Smith
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years. They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Illinois Lovie Smith Money Chicago Bears English-language films Ohio The Final The Washington Times
Week 1 Preview: Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Sports Xchange GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the Green Bay Packers, it's the start of another attempt to reach the top of the NFL mountain.
3 points by UPI | National Football League Green Bay Packers American football positions Super Bowl American football Washington Redskins Jacksonville Jaguars Chicago Bears
Naturally, Jay Cutler's play one of five factors key to Bears success
As the Bears begin their second season under coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace, they're optimistic that continuity and familiarity will lift them past their 6-10 record of a year ago. Those elements didn't translate to reassuring preseason success, as the first-string offense scored...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football positions Chicago Bears American football National Football League Jay Cutler Denver Broncos 2009 Chicago Bears season Kyle Orton
Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman could restore Bears' linebacking tradition
Tradition at one position for an NFL franchise doesn't get much richer than the Bears at linebacker. The team wasn't living in the past the last few seasons. It was longing for the past as things went downhill precipitously after the end of Brian Urlacher's career and an unproductive final season...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Linebacker Tight end Chicago Bears American football positions American football Undrafted sportsperson Free agent 2006 Chicago Bears season
Baby Bears: Development of under-25 club key to this season
Upon arrival at training camp in late July, Kyle Long had his priorities in order, amped as usual for his return to the gridiron grind. Still, for as much as Long craved the return to competition and daily mauling, he still had his leisurely curiosities. So out came his smartphone, up popped his...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Pro Bowl Jay Cutler
Tribune writers pick 'em: Bears, NFL season predictions
The Tribune's Bears/NFL writers make their picks for the season. Brad Biggs NFC North: Vikings NFC South: Panthers NFC East: Giants NFC West: Cardinals NFC wild card: Seahawks NFC wild card: Packers AFC North: Steelers AFC South: Jaguars AFC East: Patriots AFC West: Chiefs AFC wild card: Bengals...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National Football League National Football Conference American Football Conference Denver Broncos 2002 NFL season Chicago Bears Super Bowl XL NFC West
Stevie Sunshine’s Bears prediction: Sorry, not 16-0, but a playoff berth (seriously)
John Fox came to Halas Hall last year and said he likes to under-promise and over-deliver, and he has always delivered a big record in his second season. A big record or a playoff team, or both. It’s the Fox bounce. In Carolina, the Fox bounce vaulted the Panthers from 7-9 in his first season to...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Playoffs Postseason
Robbie Gould on release from Bears: 'I'm not bitter'
More than a decade before Robbie Gould became the leading scorer in Bears history, he was cut by the Patriots. Less than a month after that, he was cut by the Ravens. So the emotions he has processed since the Bears released him Sunday night aren't entirely foreign. The difference this time around...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Virginia Halas McCaskey Illinois Chicago Bears Replacements Super Bowl XLI George Halas Chicago Bear
What we learned: Injuries hampered rookie Leonard Floyd's progress
The Bears on Wednesday intensified preparations for Sunday's season opener against the Texans by beginning to install their game plan. A severe thunderstorm blew through Lake Forest during practice and forced the Bears to move indoors. Here are three things we learned at Halas Hall: 1. Injuries...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football positions Linebacker American football Tampa 2 National Football League Lake Forest Illinois Blitz
Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl rematch in NFL opener features several familiar faces, plus a few new ones
In the six months between confetti fall and curtain rise, the Denver Broncos became a vastly different team. Any casual observer could see that, with Peyton Manning retiring and Trevor Siemian ascending to the starting quarterback job. But these Broncos will look strikingly similar Thursday night...
15 points by Los Angeles Times | National Football League Super Bowl American football Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos American football positions Jacksonville Jaguars Chicago Bears
No appetite for #FeedDaBears?
Bears fans have spoken and many of them can't stomach #FeedDaBears. The NFL and Twitter announced hashtag emojis for all 32 teams on the eve of Thursday's season opener, but the Bears have been been incorporating their designated slogan in tweets since Aug. 26. Many people on social media took...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears National Football League
Chicago Bears sign QB Mark Sanchez to one-year deal
The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract on Friday.
-1 points by UPI | National Football League National Football Conference Chicago Bears Pittsburgh Steelers San Francisco 49ers Green Bay Packers Denver Broncos Washington Redskins
Ex-Packer leads lampooning of Mark Sanchez signing by Bears
Usually retired Packers tight end Tom Crabtree saves his trolling for buddy Aaron Rodgers, but some fodder from the Bears proved too tempting. "congrats on mark sanchez," Crabtree tweeted along with the scene from "Dumb and Dumber" where Harry tells Lloyd, "Just when I think you couldn't be any...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Bill Swerski's Superfans 2009 NFL Draft Chris Farley American football Jay Cutler Draft National Football League
Mark Sanchez joins Bears’ sad quarterback group
Mark Sanchez has fumbled his way to his next team. The journeyman quarterback, formerly dubbed the “Sanchise” during his time with the Jets, reached an agreement with the Bears Thursday, according to NFL Network. Chicago, which inked Mike Glennon to a three-year, $43.5 million contract two weeks ago, now has the veteran Sanchez to back...
3 points by New York Post | 2009 NFL Draft Chicago Bears 2008 NFL season National Football League Denver Broncos Jay Cutler American football According to Jim
Chicago Bears signing QB Mark Sanchez
The NFL's leader in free agent signings made another interesting addition Thursday.
-1 points by UPI | National Football League San Francisco 49ers Jay Cutler 2009 NFL Draft Chicago Bears Pittsburgh Steelers Washington Redskins American Football League
Miami Dolphins give $19 million extension to Cameron Wake
Alex ButlerFeb. 18 (UPI) -- Defensive end Cameron Wake showed he had plenty of fuel left during the Miami Dolphins' run to the playoffs last season.
-2 points by UPI | Miami Dolphins National Football League United Press International American football Pro Bowl Super Bowl Chicago Bears Ranking
Why Adrian Peterson’s cryptic Giants tweet is so intriguing
It seems Adrian Peterson can’t get the Giants out of his mind. The former NFL MVP — who told ESPN a few weeks ago that if the Vikings were to release him before next season and he became a free agent he would be interested in joining the Giants — tweeted more love toward Big...
40 points by New York Post | National Hockey League Pro Bowl English-language films National Football League American football running backs American films Minnesota Vikings Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers sign sons of two Hall of Famers
Alex ButlerFeb. 15 (UPI) -- Bruce Matthews and Mel Blount could be visiting Heinz Field more often in 2017.
-2 points by UPI | National Football League Super Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears
Woman fatally struck while crossing Lake Shore Drive
A 19-year-old woman died early Sunday morning after she was struck by a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive.Police said the woman was crossing westbound into oncoming traffic near the 4200 block of North Lake Shore Drive about 11:50 p.m. and was hit by a Lexus SUV traveling in the northbound lanes.The...
64 points by Chicago Tribune | Lake Shore Drive 2000s American television series English-language films American films Chicago Chicago Bears The Driver Death
NFL players' union fires away at Bears over workers' comp, but argument is weak, misguided
Illinois is the only state with a workers' compensation law that offers wage differential to professional athletes until the age of 67. Since 2005, the five major professional sports teams in Illinois have paid more money in workers' compensation claims than teams in any other state — 41 percent...
28 points by Chicago Tribune | Illinois National Football League Workers' compensation Professional sports Chicago Bears Chicago National Football League Players Association Super Bowl
Bears confident legislation support won't affect free-agency efforts
In biting comments last week the executive director of the NFL Players Association, promised the union would attempt to dissuade potential free agents from signing with the Bears based on the team's support of a pending bill in the Illinois state legislature involving worker's compensation reform....
18 points by Chicago Tribune | Illinois Professional sports National Football League National Football League Players Association Chicago Cubs Chicago Bears Amateur sports United States Senate
Not enough space for all the Bears blame
All better, Bears fans. All better because Senior Disorganization Figure Ted Phillips said so. First, Phillips sent a letter to Bears season-ticket holders to inform them of a price-hike following a 3-13 season. Yes, following a 3-13 season, it’ll cost more to see this once-proud franchise play...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Montreal Canadiens Pittsburgh Penguins Chicago Bears Detroit Red Wings Boston Bruins Pro Football Hall of Fame Hockey Hall of Fame National Hockey League
Jay Cutler a "possibility" for New York Jets
Alex ButlerFeb. 8 (UPI) -- Former Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler could soon be joining the New York Jets, according to reports.
86 points by UPI | National Football League Denver Broncos Pro Bowl Chicago Bears Jay Cutler United Press International San Francisco 49ers American football
Ex-Bear Brian Urlacher sues Florida hair transplant surgeon
Retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has sued a Florida hair restoration company he alleges has used his name and image without his permission. He seeks at least $200,000 in damages. The story was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. Urlacher surprised fans in January 2016 when the formerly...
151 points by Chicago Tribune | Follicular unit transplantation Chicago Bears Advertising Brian Urlacher Follicular Unit Extraction Blog Chicago Sun-Times Marketing
Messing with Brian Urlacher’s hair will get you sued
Brian Urlacher is calling for a false start. The former All-Pro Bears linebacker, famously known for sporting a shaved head during his 13-year NFL career, is suing a Florida hair clinic for using his image in advertisements without his permission, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In January 2016, the formerly bald Bears star showcased a...
2 points by New York Post | Chicago Bears American football Chicago Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Tribune Brian Urlacher Newspaper 2005 NFL season
Former Raven Zach Orr joins campaign against opioid abuse
BALTIMORE (AP) — Recently retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is teaming up with Maryland's public health agency in the fight against opioid addiction. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Monday that Orr appears in a series of public service announcements that will be shown...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens National Football League Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys AFC North Oakland Raiders AFC Championship Game
Kapos: United Airlines CEO on board with diversity
Oscar Munoz said his letter was meant to show support for employees struggling with emotions over President Donald Trump's executive order.
75 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago United Airlines Donald Trump Lawyer Chicago Bears Ivana Trump Fred Trump McCormick Place
Suit: Clinic cashed in on Urlacher’s new hair without permission
Brian Urlacher is suing a hair clinic he claims used his likeness without permission to sell restoration treatments like the one he unveiled in 2016.
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Bears Advertising Brian Urlacher Blog Source code Linebacker Super Bowl XLI Brian Piccolo
Super Bowl ad winners: Tide, T-Mobile
NEW YORK (AP) — The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons during a nailbiter Super Bowl 51 — and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Adolphus Busch Chicago Bears Mike Ditka Seattle Seahawks Snoop Dogg Eberhard Anheuser National Football League Super Bowl
Robert Alford’s INT return second-longest in Super Bowl history
HOUSTON —  The last time the Patriots threw a pick-six in the postseason, the Bears’ Reggie Phillips returned Steve Grogan’s pass 28 yards for a touchdown to go up 37-3 in Super Bowl XX. Robert Alford changed that Sunday. With 2:21 left in the first half and his Falcons already leading the Patriots by two […]
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | American football Super Bowl XX American football positions Super Bowl New England Patriots Chicago Bears Tom Brady Pittsburgh Steelers
5 more years of Tom Brady? No end to NFL’s nightmare duo
HOUSTON – Sunday night’s Super Bowl LI has the familiar faces of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in starring roles yet again. It is the seventh Super Bowl appearance by the Patriots coach and quarterback, 15 years after their first one. Which leads to the question: How much longer can these two guys go? Jets,...
65 points by New York Post | New England Patriots Bill Belichick New York Jets National Football League Tom Brady Buffalo Bills Chicago Bears Super Bowl XXXI
Khalil Mack beats out Von Miller for Defensive Player of the Year by one vote
Von Miller will have to wait at least another year to secure The Associated Press defensive player of the year award. Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack beat the Broncos outside linebacker by one vote.
584 points by The Denver Post | American football positions American football Washington Redskins Super Bowl San Francisco 49ers Blitz Chicago Bears National Football League
Grandson of '63 Bears starter savors family tradition with Patriots
On the Friday before Super Bowl XLI between the Bears and Colts, an Indianapolis eighth-grader wore his No. 54 Brian Urlacher jersey to school, putting loyalty ahead of popularity. "Everybody else was wearing Peyton Manning jerseys,'' Patriots rookie guard Ted Karras recalled. "But I loved the...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears National Football League George Halas Super Bowl Washington Redskins Super Bowl XLI Indianapolis Colts American football positions
Hey, Mike Ditka ... you're the Jerk of the Week and here's why
Mike Ditka is free to feel and say whatever he wants.
132 points by Daily News | Super Bowl Chicago Bears New Orleans Saints President of the United States Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XX Super Bowl advertising National Football League
10 biggest missteps in the Bears' decade of decline
The NFL season concludes Sunday after Super Bowl LI, giving every team the chance to reset its record at 0-0 and begin anew. The Bears welcome the opportunity to be even with their competition again with more than a month of heavy lifting already put into improving the fortunes of the organization....
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Super Bowl Lovie Smith Denver Broncos Kyle Orton National Football League Super Bowl XLI Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler leaves Bears as hood ornament for shattered hope
Jay Cutler will leave the Bears, likely this year, as the best quarterback in team history. He also will leave the Bears as the best example of a decade of disappointment that just completed a full-gainer into disaster. Cutler will leave the Bears with all the important and gaudy passing records....
58 points by Chicago Tribune | Jay Cutler Peyton Manning Chicago Bears 2009 Chicago Bears season Offensive coordinator Denver Broncos Quarterback American football
Bears' decade of decline: Draft choices, decision-makers, trends and key games
Ten years ago, the Bears were NFC champions facing the Colts in Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Devin Hester's 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown provided an electrifying start to the game, but the Colts prevailed 29-17. Afterward, Lovie Smith's team talked boldly about returning the next season to...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | National Football League Super Bowl XLI Chicago Bears Indianapolis Colts American football Super Bowl Devin Hester NFC Championship Game
10 years later, Mike Brown still processing his Super Bowl heartbreak
The sharpness of the emotion still sits with Mike Brown. It surprised him, really. How deep it was, how raw and how hollow. In what was, in so many ways, a celebratory week for the NFL franchise Brown had grown up with and lifted to great heights, the Bears' trip to Super Bowl XLI in early 2007...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Super Bowl Super Bowl XLI Indianapolis Colts National Football League Chicago Bears Kansas City Chiefs Devin Hester Monday Night Football
How did Bears go from Devin Hester's Super moment to 3-13 in 10 years?
Without question, the peak of the past decade for the Bears came after Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI 92 yards for one of the most electrifying touchdowns in franchise history. Hearts raced inside the living rooms of Bears fans across America, especially Chicago, and...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears National Football League Super Bowl XLI Kyle Orton Denver Broncos 2008 Chicago Bears season Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts
Why I’m rooting against the Patriots this Sunday: Their loathsome politics
Before the political ascension of Nelson Mandela, black South Africans associated rugby with apartheid. The Springbok’s team and stadium were segregated zones; the squad’s fans embraced defiant nationalism. But when Mandela put on the Springbok’s team jersey at the stadium during the 1995 rugby...
5385 points by Los Angeles Times | New England Patriots Tom Brady National Football League 2007 New England Patriots season United States Bill Belichick Chicago Bears Super Bowl XXXI
Lions’ Glover Quin wants loud crowd at Ford Field
Detroit safety anticipates raucous crowd in first home game in about a month        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | National Football League Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars Super Bowl Chicago Bears Florida Gators football American football