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Bears-Cowboys Inactives: Prince Amukamara is OUT against the Cowboys

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Bears-Cowboys Inactives: Prince Amukamara is OUT against the Cowboys

The Bears' inactives are out, and while there are no surprises, there's not much good news either: 

It's Amukamara's first missed game of the season. The veteran corner hurt his hamstring late in the Bears' win over Detroit. For what it's worth, the Bears have been preparing most of the week with the assumption that he won't play. 

Yeah we have a couple guys there that could have an opportunity to go if Prince can’t," Nagy said on Tuesday afternoon. "Kevin Toliver and some other guys. That’s one of those deals where if Prince is not able to go or whoever it is on the team can’t, we feel like we have pretty good depth." 

If Tolliver starts, it'll be his first since last year's win over Tampa Bay. There were no real surprises on the Cowboys inactive list either: 

Bears-Cowboys kicks off at 7:20. 

Would Eric Berry be an upgrade at safety for Bears? Allen Robinson thinks so

Would Eric Berry be an upgrade at safety for Bears? Allen Robinson thinks so

Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was once considered an elite NFL defender, especially after he returned to the gridiron following a battle with cancer in 2014. He resumed his status as one of the best safeties in the league, but a torn Achilles in 2017 limited him to just two games between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

He was out of football in 2019, and according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, it was an intentional decision by Berry who had suitors on the open market.

With Berry ready to make his return to the league, and the Bears potentially in the market for a safety this offseason, wide receiver Allen Robinson offered a pretty surprising comment on Twitter suggesting Berry would be an upgrade over what Chicago fielded in 2019 with Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

And while Robinson is entitled to his opinion, his decision to share it publicly may not have been the best choice. Clinton-Dix took notice.


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It's also worth noting that Clinton-Dix had a pretty strong first season as a Bear. One could argue he'll be more hotly pursued on the open market than Berry, whose best football is in the rear-view mirror at 31 years old.

It's common for players to softly recruit respected veteran free agents through social media and other means this time of year. The Bears may have no choice but to sign a player like Berry who should come at a discounted rate compared to Clinton-Dix this offseason. But if Clinton-Dix does return, it'll be interesting to monitor the locker-room dynamic in training camp.

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Back in Miami for the Super Bowl, Devin Hester still remembers THAT touchdown

Back in Miami for the Super Bowl, Devin Hester still remembers THAT touchdown

It's been 13 years since Devin Hester took the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI back for a touchdown in one of the most electrifying moments in Chicago sports history. 

As the football world converges in South Beach for only the second time since that night, Hester –– who will be in Miami all week on behalf of the NFL-affiliated company On Location Experiences -- talked with NBC Sports Chicago about what it was like in that moment. 

"Oh man, it was nerve-wracking for me," he said. "Being a rookie coming into the NFL and then playing in the one of the biggest games of the year, the Super Bowl, and not only that, but to be the first one to touch the ball, it was intense."

"I was very nervous. At the same time, I was one of the players that always wanted the ball in my hands on big stages, so knowing that opportunity was a 50/50 chance of me getting it first, I just wanted to make that opportunity if I did get that chance to get my hands on the ball the first play of the game."

And if that wasn't impressive enough, the touchdown isn't even the clear-cut favorite for Hester's favorite play, and for good reason: 

"I would say it had to be in the top 2. My other one was pretty much the same thing, my first year in college, first game of the season. Pretty much the same thing, taking the opening kickoff back. Those two have to be the favorite moments of my career."