The Bears Beat: Chicago Bears news and views (09.29.11)

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A look at Chicago Bears news and views for September 29, 2011, including a health progress report for safety Chris Harris, Joe Theismann’s comments to Roy Williams, and what the Bears are doing to get better on both sides of the ball.

Bears hoping Harris will play Sunday
Even though Chris Harris sat out practice Thursday with a sore hamstring, the Bears are still hoping that he’ll be able to play …

Cutler thinks Bears offense is close
Larry Mayer blogs about the state of the Bears offense, the latest injury news and the Bears defending the late Walter Payton …

Rivera sees his exit as business decision
After serving as defensive coordinator during Lovie Smith’s first three seasons as Bears coach from 2004-06, Ron Rivera did …

Lovie: Less panic, but more practice
Thu Sep 29 17:31:42 2011
Coach Lovie Smith acknowledged the Bears’ obvious shortcomings in a 27-17 loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers that dropped …

Bears Sanzenbacher Seems Like Only Dependable Receiver At The Moment
Thu Sep 29 17:29:47 2011
Dane Sanzebacher has emerged as a dependable receiver for Jay Cutler over the last two weeks. The undrafted receiver from Ohio …

Packers RB Grant nicked up again, eager to play (PA SportsTicker)
Thu Sep 29 16:54:35 2011
Ryan Grant spent all of last season trying to get back on the field. Now that he’s there, he doesn’t want to leave — even with …

Thursday’s National Football League Capsules (PA SportsTicker)
Thu Sep 29 16:37:45 2011
OPENING LINE – Cowboys by 1

What’s wrong with the Chicago Bears and how can they improve? A fan’s perspective (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Thu Sep 29 16:27:00 2011
If any team is a mystery this year it is the Chicago Bears. It isn’t that they lost to Green Bay it is how they lost to Green …

Harris held out of practice; game status murky
Thu Sep 29 16:06:00 2011
Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris was held out of Thursday’s practice as he continues to recover from a hamstring …

Earl Bennett may miss at least two more games
Thu Sep 29 15:57:08 2011
Bears receiver Earl Bennett, who took a helmet to his chest in New Orleans Sept. 18, may miss several more games. Bennett …

Cutler ranks second in roughing penalties
Thu Sep 29 15:47:00 2011 reports: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler ranks second in the NFL in the number of roughing-the-passer …

Walter Payton book paints disturbing picture of Bears legend
Thu Sep 29 15:16:01 2011
Walter Payton’s family on Wednesday said an upcoming …

Theismann challenges Bears’ Williams to take career seriously
Thu Sep 29 15:02:00 2011
Joe Theismann has an opinion on Bears wideout Roy Williams. It’s a very definitive opinion, and not one that Williams likely …

Reader Q & A: Bears mailbag
Thu Sep 29 14:53:00 2011
The Tribune’s Bears columnist answers readers’ questions on Jay Cutler’s bond with Greg Olsen, the penalty on the Bears’ …

Joe Theismann calls out Roy Williams
Thu Sep 29 14:24:26 2011
Former Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Joe Theismann didn’t mince words, when speaking about Bears …

Bears LB Urlacher thinks defenders deserve more safety rules
Thu Sep 29 14:16:00 2011
Brian Urlacher has been around the game long enough to know that defenders face just as much danger on the field as offensive …

’85 Chicago Bears Invited to White House, Dan Hampton Declines
Thu Sep 29 14:10:40 2011
I’ve always said that the ’85 Chicago Bears need to go away. We’ve been hit over the head with them enough. President Barack …

The DeCon’s Fantasy Football Picks – Week 4
Thu Sep 29 13:39:25 2011
Terribly busy week for me, but thank goodness, I have fantasy football. For those of you wondering, Boomer narrowly beat me in …

For Ron Rivera, Bears Game is Personal
Thu Sep 29 13:13:46 2011
Lovie Smith and Ron Rivera will need their winter coats to warm up their chilly relationship. One of Lovie Smith’s …

Walter Payton bio paints bittersweet portrait of a deep, good man
Thu Sep 29 12:35:21 2011
RICK TELANDER: Although author Jeff Pearlman uncovered some …

Refs playing favorites? Check the facts
Thu Sep 29 12:31:45 2011
And stats from the NFL show Vick gets more help from refs than he thinks.

What’s to gain exposing Payton’s flaws?
Thu Sep 29 12:07:03 2011
Do we really gain anything by exposing a dead icon’s flaws?

Bears Notes and Quotes
Thu Sep 29 11:33:12 2011

Dan Hampton snubs Obama’s White House invitation to ‘85 Bears
Thu Sep 29 11:14:11 2011
Bears’ Hall of Famer Dan Hampton is not a big fan …

Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2011; Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers
Thu Sep 29 11:00:42 2011
The silver lining in a Bears defeat at the hands of their rivals from up north is the offensive line played better. Not …

Jeff Pearlman responds to critics of his upcoming Walter Payton biography
Thu Sep 29 08:46:35 2011
I won’t try to persuade anyone in any particular direction, but did want to point out that Jeff Pearlman has posted …

Tommie Harris finds work again; signs with Chargers
Thu Sep 29 08:33:50 2011
Tommie Harris finds work again; signs with Chargers Tommie Harris signs with the San Diego Chargers, marking his third team in …

New book brings shocking Walter Payton news
Thu Sep 29 08:17:53 2011
New book brings shocking Walter Payton news

Strategy And Personnel
Thu Sep 29 08:09:10 2011
Bears started Craig Steltz at strong safety and Brandon Meriweather at free safety last week and coach Lovie Smith …

Bears explain the trick play on the punt
Thu Sep 29 08:09:10 2011
Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub knew the Packers would punt the ball down the west sideline with 1:09 left in …

Hampton no fan of Obama, will skip White House event
Thu Sep 29 00:17:00 2011
Dan Hampton, a member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, will not attend the team’s White House ceremony next month …

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