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Bears: Where does Kyle Fuller fit with Prince Amukamara back?

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Bears: Where does Kyle Fuller fit with Prince Amukamara back?

Prince Amukamara (ankle) is expected to make his 2017 regular season debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers after being a full participant in practices Thursday and Friday (he wasn't listed on Friday's injury report). But that leads to the question: What does defensive coordinator Vic Fangio do with Kyle Fuller?

Fuller acquitted himself well in starts against the Atlanta Falcons — in which he helped limit Julio Jones to four catches on five targets — and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears signed Amukamara to start opposite Marcus Cooper, but Fuller has at least earned the opportunity to keep his job — or a job — on Sunday. 

And it's worth noting that both Fuller and Amukamara are in contract years, so both should be motivated to not lose playing time going forward. 

“I was pleased with the waay Kyle played overall,” Fangio said. “There's obviously some plays he'd like to do over and play them a little better, but overall I thought he did a good job. I like where he's at right now.”

Fangio didn’t play Fuller as a nickel corner in 2015. But if the Bears want to get their best defensive players on the field could Fuller force his way into a nickel role with Amukamara and Cooper as the outside guys? 

That’s an especially pertinent question given Pittsburgh’s explosive trio of receivers: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. 

“No matter where a receiver lines up, it’s not going to be a down to take off,” Amukamara said. “We’re always going to have to have our ‘A’ game.”

Devin Hester ends his 'ridiculous' career by announcing retirement

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Devin Hester ends his 'ridiculous' career by announcing retirement

 

Devin Hester will no longer be doing ridiculous things in the NFL.

The legendary return man who spent eight of his 11 years in the NFL with the Bears, officially retired with a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Hester, 35, led off with a joke, saying Commissioner Roger Goodell could move kickoffs back to the 30, but fans would have to find a new favorite returner.

“Over the last year, I’ve spent time reflecting on my career surrounded by friends and family, and I realized it’s time for me to officially retire from the NFL,” Hester wrote.

Hester went on to thank coaches and the people at the University of Miami. Then he thanked Bears fans.

“You brought me in and made a Florida boy feel at home in the Midwest from Day 1,” Hester wrote. “I grew into a man, built a family, and became who I am today in the city of Chicago. I’ll always remember the noise y’all made whenever I hit open turf at Soldier - never heard anything quite like it.”

Try to read that last line and not get chills. Hester’s returns with the Bears were some of the most famous moments in the past few decades of the team and his opening kickoff return in Super Bowl XLI has a strong case as the best Bears moment since the team won Super Bowl XX.

“I’d also like to especially thank Coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting this whole thing started,” Hester continued.

Hester had 13 punt return touchdowns and five kick return touchdowns in eight years with the Bears. The kickoff return against the Colts in the Super Bowl was Hester’s only postseason touchdown return. After leaving the Bears, Hester played with Atlanta in 2014 and 2015, adding one more punt return touchdown, and spent 2016 with Seattle and Baltimore.

Hester holds the NFL record for most all-time return touchdowns (punt and kickoff combined) and most all-time punt return touchdowns.

He closed his statement by saying, “Hopefully next time I see y’all it’ll be in Canton.”

Hester’s “ridiculous” career and his return records give him a strong case to make the Hall of Fame and Bears fans will eagerly be waiting for that day.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Good things happen when the Bears open up the playbook

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Good things happen when the Bears open up the playbook

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) join Kap on the panel. The Bears actually win a football game. So was Sunday’s huge victory over the Bengals a sign of things to come with Mitch Trubisky? Legendary Chicago sportswriter Fred Mitchell joins the panel to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss if Brandon Morrow will struggle next year because of his heavy usage.

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