The Bears Beat: Chicago Bears news and views (10.13.11)

October 13th, 2011 - 5:40 pm

A look at Chicago Bears news and views for October 13, 2011, including the benching of Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather in favor of Major Wright and Chris Conte, an update on the team’s injuries, and Jay Cutler’s desire for plays that allow him to get rid of the ball quicker.

Bears to ‘look at options’ for safeties
Thu Oct 13 17:19:15 2011
Chicago strong safety Chris Harris says he does not expect to start against Minnesota on Sunday and free safety Brandon …

49ers offensive line faces a huge test with Lions (PA SportsTicker)
Thu Oct 13 17:06:55 2011
By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer

Bears’ Harris, Meriweather not expected to start
Thu Oct 13 17:00:54 2011
Chicago strong safety Chris Harris says he does not expect to start against Minnesota on Sunday and free safety Brandon …

Bears’ Harris, Meriweather not expected to start (AP)
Thu Oct 13 16:56:23 2011
Chicago strong safety Chris Harris says he does not expect to start against Minnesota on Sunday and free safety Brandon …

Tom Waddle Says “There is No Place in the Game for Brandon Meriweather”
Thu Oct 13 16:54:40 2011
Football is a violent sport. People are going to get hurt. The NFL has done its share to protect players from concussions …

Bears gear up to face McNabb
Thu Oct 13 16:35:00 2011
Donovan McNabb may no longer be the same player who starred for the Eagles. But don’t try to convince the Bears defense that …

Bennett returns to practice for Bears
Thu Oct 13 15:55:00 2011
Earl Bennett likely remains more than a week away from returning, but the Chicago Bears got good news Thursday when the wide …

Harvin misses practice with rib injury (PA SportsTicker)
Thu Oct 13 15:48:06 2011
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin did not practice Thursday because of sore ribs. Coach Leslie Frazier says he expects …

Urlacher on Bears’ defensive woes: ‘We aren’t used to this’
Thu Oct 13 15:41:00 2011
For as much heat as the Bears’ offense has taken during their 2-3 start, it’s Chicago’s defense that’s played out of character …

Payton’s son: ‘No grudges’ against ‘Sweetness’ author
Thu Oct 13 15:28:00 2011
Jarrett Payton doesn’t hold any grudges.

Video: Bears-Vikings preview
Thu Oct 13 15:23:22 2011
<!–video–> Go inside the numbers to preview Sunday night’s Bears-Vikings game.

Bennett returns to practice field
Thu Oct 13 15:17:54 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Injured Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (torso) returned to the field Thursday for the first time …

Lovie Smith Faithful to a Fault
Thu Oct 13 15:12:49 2011
Lovie Smith Faithful to a Fault I can understand having faith in your guys, and wanting to send a message to your team that you …

Payton subject of new documentary
Thu Oct 13 15:08:00 2011
Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton will be featured in NFL Network’s ‘Walter Payton: A Football Life at 9 p.m. (CT) …

Bears’ revolving door spinning at safety
Thu Oct 13 15:00:00 2011
The Chicago Bears are back to spinning the wheel at safety.

Report: Bears shake up safety position for Vikings showdown
Thu Oct 13 14:34:00 2011
The Chicago Bears rank a very un-Chicagoan 29th in the NFL in defense, prompting coach Lovie Smith to make a radical change to …

Source: Harris, Meriweather benched
Thu Oct 13 14:24:02 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears plan to trot out their fifth combination of starting safeties Sunday night against the …

Behind the scenes of NFL Network’s special on Walter Payton
Thu Oct 13 14:20:23 2011
Angela Torma isn’t from Chicago, and she didn’t quite know what to expect when she and NFL Films co-producer Steve Lucatuorto …

Frustrated Urlacher confident Bears can fix defense
Thu Oct 13 13:47:32 2011
Even Brian Urlacher is a little bewildered by the Bears’ struggling defense this season. The Bears have dropped from ninth to …

Bears to bench safeties Harris, Meriweather
Thu Oct 13 13:32:02 2011
Bears to bench safeties Harris, Meriweather Wright and Conte are expected to get the first-team reps at strong and free safety, …

Jim Schwartz gives Monday game ball to Lions fans
Thu Oct 13 12:56:38 2011
Jim Schwartz gives Monday game ball to Lions fans

Adrian Peterson was excited to see Bears defense “get gashed”
Thu Oct 13 12:31:04 2011
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFC with 498 rushing yards, watched ESPN’s Monday Night Football game …

Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2011; Week 5 vs. Detroit Lions
Thu Oct 13 10:38:18 2011
Disgust. That word sums up my feeling as the Monday Night Game wore on. I usually try and keep an even keel when I …

Bears’ defense is more problematic than the offense
Thu Oct 13 09:45:52 2011
A text from a friend read: “I want to crawl into a …

Rushed, roiled Cutler tired of weekly beatings behind Bears’ line
Thu Oct 13 09:39:00 2011
Jay Cutler’s still ticking behind an offensive line that’s allowed 100-plus sacks during his tenure with Chicago, but the …

Changes coming for the Bears
Thu Oct 13 07:44:10 2011
It’s desperation time in Chicago. The Bears were just embarrassed on national television. A loss this week at home to the …

Jay Cutler says hits hurt more mentally
Thu Oct 13 07:10:01 2011

Fixes needed everywhere
Thu Oct 13 07:10:00 2011

Jay Cutler says hits hurt more mentally
Thu Oct 13 02:15:38 2011
Jay Cutler looked fresh and relaxed when he met the …

Angelo: ‘Nothing new’ in Forte contract talks
Thu Oct 13 02:15:34 2011
One reason the Bears and running back Matt Forte …

Vikings report: Last weekend ‘old news’ for WR Bernard Berrian
Thu Oct 13 01:30:08 2011
Calling the events of last weekend “old news” five times, Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian is running a go route to …

BEARS IN BRIEF;Angelo: ‘Nothing new’ in Forte contract talks
Thu Oct 13 01:29:30 2011
One reason the Bears and running back Matt Forte were unable to find the ”middle ground” in contract negotiations is that …

Fixes needed everywhere;Bears’ declining defense unable to bail out offensive’s abysmal production
Thu Oct 13 01:28:45 2011
A text from a friend read: “I want to crawl into a hole.” If this was how a lifelong Bears fan felt after his team’s first …

Cutler begs for quicker passes
Thu Oct 13 00:16:00 2011
LAKE FOREST – Jay Cutler stood at a lectern Wednesday at Halas Hall, but he might as well have been on his knees begging for …

Knee slows Peppers
Thu Oct 13 00:07:00 2011
LAKE FOREST – Bears defensive end Julius Peppers is more talented while injured than many NFL players are at 100 percent health.