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Restricted FA Manning signs tender

Posted by GameSetMatch on 19th May 2010

The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that safety Danieal Manning signed his restricted free-agent tender of $1.176 million.

“He’s just glad it’s done,” Manning’s agent Russel Hicks told ESPNChicago.com. “This was never a big distraction because Danieal chose to go in awhile ago and be part of the team. All he wants to do now is move forward and be part of a Super Bowl contender. That’s all he’s worried about.”

A former second-round pick, Manning has started 40 of 61 games for the Bears at free safety, cornerback, nickel, and strong safety. Manning skipped the start of offseason voluntary workouts, but rejoined the team just prior to the draft.

A four-year veteran, Manning has posted 286 tackles, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, in addition to 14 pass breakups and two sacks.

Click here to read the full article – By Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com



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Hester open to cutting back receiver role

Posted by GameSetMatch on 4th February 2010

For two seasons, the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester was the most electrifying return man in the NFL. Now Hester, the receiver, wouldn’t mind getting back to his roots.

“I know what I’m best at,” Hester said Thursday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “The return game is my bread and butter, so if I had to cut back on my receiving and go back to returning, that’s something I would love to do.”

Hester scored 11 regular-season touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns from 2006 to 2007, and brought a kick back for a score in the Super Bowl in 2007. In an effort to get his play-making ability on the field more, Bears coaches turned Hester into a receiver before the 2008 season, and the experiment has had mixed results.

Hester has averaged 54 catches for 711 yards in his two full seasons as a receiver, but his return game has suffered. He hasn’t scored a touchdown on a return since Dec. 30, 2007 against the New Orleans Saints. After returning 31 kicks without a score in 2008, Hester returned just seven in 2009 as Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox got the bulk of the work.

Hester said the coaching staff makes the decisions, and he is willing to do whatever they ask.

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Autopsy: Adams died of cardiac arrest

Posted by GameSetMatch on 18th January 2010

Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died Sunday morning of cardiac arrest, the Greenwood, S.C., county coroner said. He was 26.

Greenwood County coroner James T. Coursey told ESPN that Adams, a Greenwood native, was taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m.


Adams, who had just completed his third season in the NFL, went into cardiac arrest at his family’s home early Sunday morning, said Marcia Kelley-Clark, chief deputy coroner for Greenwood County.

The autopsy showed Adams had an enlarged heart, a condition Kelley-Clark said can often lead to a heart attack. But Adams’ relatives didn’t know about it.

“Nobody was aware of any kind of medical condition,” Kelley-Clark said.

Toxicology tests are being run by the State Law Enforcement Division, though drug use was not suspected as a factor in Adams’ death. However, those results probably will not be available for at least two months, Kelley-Clark said.

“I remember him at the 2007 Draft as a fine young man,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said of Adams on Sunday. “Our condolences to Gaines’ family, his teammates on the Bears and Buccaneers, and their organizations on their loss.”


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Bears’ Wolfe out with kidney injury

Posted by GameSetMatch on 20th November 2009

A lacerated kidney will force Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe to miss the remainder of the season, the team confirmed Friday.


The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the story.

Wolfe suffered the injury on Nov. 8 versus Arizona, and he was hospitalized for the next few days. Still, the Bears were optimistic Wolfe would be able to return in 2009.

The Bears said Wolfe will be placed on injured reserve.

Practice squad running back Kahlil Bell is a strong candidate to be promoted to the 53-man roster.

Click here to read the full article – By Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com



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Wolfe hospitalized with kidney injury

Posted by GameSetMatch on 9th November 2009

Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe remained hospitalized Monday after suffering a kidney injury in the 41-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, a league source confirmed.

According to the source, Wolfe is expected to return at some point this season, and may end up missing only a handful of games.

The Bears initially announced Wolfe’s ailment as a back injury. Lovie Smith will meet the media at 3 p.m. ET, and may shed some more light on the injuries to Wolfe, Charles Tillman and Al Afalava.

Click here to read the full article – By Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com



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Riddle me this: Who is Cutler?

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th November 2009

Who is Jay Cutler? Do you know? Do you have any real sense of the most-spotlighted athlete in our city at this time?

And if you’re honest, I think you’ll admit you don’t, either.

Derrick Rose, without question the other leading athlete celeb in town, is an open book, a veritable billboard of information and self-revelation compared to Cutler. Patrick Kane, who is moving up the chart with a bullet, is moderately chatty and lightly provocative, even when dealing with taxi-driver misfortunes.

But Cutler, the long-term and very wealthy face of our franchise sports team — the Bears rule and always will rule in a city of broad shoulders — has been here more than a half-year, yet it’s as though he hasn’t been here at all except for the football games, the eight-second sound bites and the often-blank-faced or seemingly irritated looks during officially sanctioned media moments.



Click here to read the full article – By RICK TELANDER of Chicago Sun-Times



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Top 10 ways for Chicago Bears’ offense to improve

Posted by GameSetMatch on 3rd November 2009

Rob Ryan called.

The Browns defensive coordinator revealed that his sideline exchange Sunday with Jay Cutler consisted of: “You were $#$#%$# better in Denver. … And your offensive line is $#$%$## too!”

Just kidding.


But when offering 10 suggestions for a Ron Turner offense that has stalled the last three games, as special as Cutler can be, it seriously starts with the quarterback.

1 Get even more out of Cutler.

He has been good. Unfortunately, this Bears team needs Cutler to be great. Admittedly it sounds unfair. Without Cutler, the Bears are battling the Lions for the NFC North basement. Some of Cutler’s worst errors in judgment have come from him trying to make too much happen. But Cutler is the best player on the roster, a top-10 quarterback, and the offense will remain stagnant until he resumes making the did-you-see-that kind of plays he did during a three-game winning streak.


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The Bears finish the first quarter 3-1

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th October 2009

Lovie Smith likes to talk about how he views football seasons in quarters and the Bears just finished their first. It wasn’t always pretty but it was certainly a success: a 3-1 start is probably all we could have hoped for, even if the games weren’t as aesthetically pleasing as we might have liked.

This was far from an easy 3-1. For all the talk of the Bears heading into the 2009 season with the league’s easiest schedule, Sunday’s home bout against the Lions was the only cupcake the Bears had in their first four games. The other three games were close, hard fought contests. There is little shame in losing by six at Lambeau to a Packers team that could win 10 games this year. Playing in Seattle – Seneca Wallace or no Seneca Wallace – is never an easy task, either. And I don’t think I need to defend the merits of a close victory at home against the defending champs.

If I were in the business of giving out grades, the Bears would earn an A- from me in quarter number one. It was good, sure, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. These Bears have a long way to climb before they reach their ceiling.


Click here to read the full article – By Ricky O’Donnell of Chicago Sun-Times



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Bears look for answers for dormant running game

Posted by GameSetMatch on 1st October 2009

A confident Matt Forte believes the Bears (2-1) should have success running the ball against the Lions (1-2) on Sunday even if statistics say the Bears are the fifth-worst rushing team in the league.

“When we put our mind to it, we can run against any team,” Forte said. “It’s difficult running in the NFL. We know that. But if we get bodies on people and stay strong, we can run the ball.”

Forte was by no means assessing blame. In fact, he put the onus on himself to run harder and break more tackles.

The bottom line is the Bears essentially are running in place. They enter Sunday’s game averaging a dismal 2.8 yards per carry, second to last in the league behind the Chargers.

Forte is 29th in the league in rushing with 150 yards on 59 carries through three games. He is the only back among the top 30 averaging less than 3.0 yards per carry with a 2.6 average. And this is the same player who compiled 304 yards over his first three games as a rookie last season.


Click here to read the full article – By VAUGHN McCLURE of Chicago Tribune



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Bears’ start has been OK but the best is yet to come

Posted by GameSetMatch on 29th September 2009

We’re three weeks into the 2009 NFL season, and the Chicago Bears merit a passing grade, at the very least, with their 2-1 showing so far.


The two wins aren’t enough to distinguish the Bears in the NFC North. They’re in third place, behind unbeaten Minnesota and Green Bay, which is also 2-1 and defeated the Bears on opening night. Even Detroit can’t be counted out yet, as the Lions ended their 19-game losing streak by beating Washington on Sunday.

But Chicago has kept its head above water while playing the toughest schedule of any division team. It has had a pair of tough road games, at Green Bay and Seattle, sandwiched around a Week 2 home date with defending world champion Pittsburgh. Minnesota rallied to beat a surprisingly tough San Francisco team this week but played a pair of pasties in Weeks 1 and 2. The Packers feasted on a terrible St. Louis team for their second win on Sunday.


Click here to read the full article – By MARK JOHNSON of morrisdailyherald.com



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