BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Everything in moderation, especially where All-Pro players are concerned.
Even as they again finished practice with full-go live-tackling session of practice with their reserve players, the Bears continued on Thursday to exercise caution with franchise players. Linebacker Brian Urlacher was in uniform but did not practice as he was given a second straight day off because of soreness in his left knee, which was injured in game 16 last season at Minnesota.
Defensive end Julius Peppers played in spots, in the two-on-two pass-rush drills and in some of the full team sessions. When he did work, it was high-impact: He and tackle Stephen Paea combined for two consecutive dominant wins against left tackle JMarcus Webb and left guard Chris Spencer in the rush drill, with Peppers winding up at the quarterback for would-be sacks.
All of our tackles that come on the field to go against Peppers and guys like that each day, you have to be ready to play, said coach Lovie Smith. It has to get you better."
Receiverreturner Devin Hester was excused from practice with soreness in his ankle, as was Eric Weems, a Pro Bowl return man but who has had a standpoint minicamp and training camp this offseason.
In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.
Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.
The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.
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On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)
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