Bears’ defense eager to make amends

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) eludes Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan in the Bears’ 27-23 victory Sunday. Stafford had five carries for 23 yards as the Lions rushed for 138 yards and passed for 288 against the Bears’ defense. | Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images The Bears allowed 426 yards against the Lions — the second-most […]

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Bears notebook: Robert Quinn takes first step back

Outside linebacker Robert Quinn (58, chasing Mitch Trubisky last season) missed the Bears’ season opener against the Lions with an ankle injury. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The free agent outside linebacker, who did not play in the season opener against the Lions because of an ankle injury, returned to practice — on a […]

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Bears need Khalil Mack — and his new ‘mindset’ — to shine again

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack plays against the Saints last year at Soldier Field. | AP Photos “All I see in his eyes,” brother Ledarius Mack said, “is he wants to win.” Outside linebacker Khalil Mack was supposed to talk after practice Friday. The news conference was postponed, then eventually canceled, leaving his interview total […]

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Picking the Bears’ final 2020 record

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack rushes against the Chiefs in December. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The Sun-Times’ experts predict the Bears’ final record: The Sun-Times’ experts predict the Bears’ final record: RICK MORRISSEY Record: 8-8 See if this sounds familiar. The Bears have a very good defense and a not very good offense. […]

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Kenneth Murray Jr., ‘glossy’ legs and all, is the Chargers’ new man in the middle

The Chargers enter the 2020 season deep at linebacker. Deep, and descriptive. Though official NFL records are sketchy regarding such matters, this is believed to be the only team in training camp that featured one linebacker referring to another linebacker as “glossy.” That’s the word Drue Tranquill said he used with teammate Derwin James in […]

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Rams complete roster by claiming linebacker Justin Hollins

The Rams completed their roster Sunday, claiming linebacker Justin Hollins off waivers from the Denver Broncos, the team announced. Hollins, 6-feet-5 and 248 pounds, played under Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley last season as a rookie with the Broncos. Staley was the Broncos outside linebackers coach. The Rams had an open spot on their roster […]

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Rams have linebacker issues again with Travin Howard sidelined for season

It is becoming an annually deflating occurrence for the Rams during training camp: A young linebacker on track for a starting role suffers an injury that requires season-ending surgery. Last year, that scenario befell Micah Kiser. On Tuesday, coach Sean McVay announced that Travin Howard would miss the season because of a knee injury. Advertisement […]

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Bears Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher made a poor read in social-media post

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had some disparaging words for NBA players who boycotted games last week. | Getty Images Comparing Brett Favre’s feat on “Monday Night Football” to NBA players’ boycott was tone-deaf, irrelevant and cruel. What do we think about Brian Urlacher? I know what I think. The guy was a supreme middle […]

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Brian Urlacher on Instagram: Brett Favre braver than NBA players

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago. | Getty Images Writing on Instagram on Thursday, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher attempted to demean the NBA’s Wednesday night playoff boycott by unfavorably comparing it to a Packers legend’s performance. Writing on Instagram on Thursday, former Bears […]

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Bears notebook: Germain Ifedi at home at right guard

Germain Ifedi (65, battling Bears’ outside linebacker Khalil Mack in 2018 at Soldier Field) is expected to start at right guard for the Bears this season after starting at right tackle for the Seahawks last season. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images “It’s fun,” he said. “When I’m able to just come off the ball […]

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Some of Chicago’s top athletes spent $500K to raze a liquor store

Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho poses with members of By the Hand Club for Kids at the opening of their fresh food mart Wednesday in South Austin. (Photo courtesy Chicago Bears)  It cost $500,000 to buy the building, knock it down and replace it with a temporary structure for a grocery store. Donations from $1,000 to […]

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Rams activate rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis from the COVID/IR list

Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, a third-round draft pick from Alabama, was activated to the roster from the COVID/IR list, the Rams announced Friday. The COVID/IR list is for players who test positive or have been quarantined because they have been in close contact with an infected person. The Rams placed Lewis on the list July […]

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Big Ten football coaches and players needed to be saved from themselves

Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle (left) and linebacker Will Honas wrap up Northwestern quarterback Aidan Smith during a game last season in Lincoln, Neb. | Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images COVID-19 shuts down a season, taking the ball out of the hands of people who can’t always be trusted to make healthy decisions. College football players’ […]

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The Cardinals are ‘contending for last place,’ not the playoffs! – Stephen A. | First Take

After it is revealed that linebacker Chandler Jones ranks No. 15 on First Take’s NFL Primetime Players list, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate whether the Arizona Cardinals are playoff contenders this season. #FirstTake #NFL ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to […]

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Former USC linebacker Cameron Smith needs open heart surgery, will miss NFL season

Former USC linebacker Cameron Smith announced Saturday that he has an enlarged heart that will require open heart surgery and force him to miss the 2020 season with the Minnesota Vikings. “Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with,” Smith wrote […]

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Roquan Smith in great shape for ‘phenemonal’ 2020 season

Linebacker Roquan Smith (58) led the Bears in tackles with 100 last season (65 solo) despite playing in only 12 games (and playing only a quarter against the Cowboys on Dec. 5 because of an injury). | Nam Y. Huh/AP Photos The third-year linebacker took advantage of rehab workouts following surgery to repair a torn […]

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NFL Network names Bears’ Khalil Mack 19th-best player

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack rushes against the Chiefs. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images One year after being named the third-best player in the league by the NFL Network, Bears star Khalil Mack was downgraded to No. 19 for 2020. One year after being named the third-best player in the league by the NFL […]

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Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower will opt out of 2020 season 

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will opt out of the 2020 season. | Elise Amendola/AP Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. BOSTON — A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to […]

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Darius Leonard shares his experience of being racially profiled in South Carolina | First Take

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard joins First Take and opens up about his recent experience of being racially profiled at a Chipotle in South Carolina. #FirstTake #NFL ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN […]

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Bears coaches: Khalil Mack has ‘something to prove’

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack is blocked by the Chiefs in December. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Bears coaches know that Khalil Mack has been working out. They’ve seen him. Their star outside linebacker attended offseason video meetings from the weight room in his basement. Bears coaches know that Khalil Mack has been working […]

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Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy again accused of using racial slur in 1989 game | Get Up

The Get Up crew reacts to former Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Alfred Williams renewing an allegation that Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy called him a racial slur during a game 1989 when Gundy was a player at Oklahoma State. #GetUp ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on […]

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After difficult 2019 season, Roquan Smith ‘in a great place’

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith said he “feels 100 percent” healthy after missing the final three games of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times With a chip on his shoulder, the Bears’ 2018 first-round draft pick is determined to “get back to who I really am” and have the breakout season […]

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Halas Intrigue Episode 102: The Bears, Sam Acho and social justice

Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho hasn’t been shy about speaking out on social justice. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP How will pro athletes’ calls for social justice affect the NFL in 2020? Patrick Finley and Jason Lieser discuss the Bears’ calls for social justice and how that will affect the team, and the NFL, in 2020. […]

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