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DL Bilal Nichols will miss at least one game with a broken hand

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DL Bilal Nichols will miss at least one game with a broken hand

Matt Nagy announced on Thursday afternoon the defensive lineman Bilal Nichols broke his hand in the Bears' 16-14 win over Denver last Sunday. 

The team expects him to miss Monday night's game in Washington, but he likely won't be put on IR. 

Nichols, whose hand was already in a cast by the time media were allowed in Denver's locker room, could concievably play with a cast/club on the broken hand, according to Nagy. Edge rusher Leonard Floyd did the same thing for the first half of last season after he broke his hand in preseason.

"When you are in the trenches like that, you have to figure out where you are with the club, no club, your fingers and using them," Nagy added. 

Nichols had a productive first year in 2018, appearing in 14 games (and starting six) while recording three sacks, seven QB hits, and five tackles for loss. Analytics site Pro Football Focus gave Nichols a 77.0 rating last season, which was the third-best score for a Bears' defensive lineman.

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David Montgomery on list of players poised for 2nd-year breakout

David Montgomery on list of players poised for 2nd-year breakout

Bears running back David Montgomery began his rookie season with a lot of hype. Probably too much hype, to be honest.

It began with his strong training camp performance and continued through the preseason, especially after his dazzling opener against the Carolina Panthers when he totaled 46 yards and a touchdown on just six touches.

And while his regular season wasn't a complete disappointment, it did fall short of those summer expectations. He finished the year with 242 carries for 889 yards and six touchdowns (3.7 yards per carry). At times, he looked like a player who could put the Bears' offense on his back. At other times, he looked like a typical rookie running back who danced too much behind the line of scrimmage.

There was more good than bad, however, and it's because of those good moments that Montgomery is considered one of next season's second-year players poised to breakout.

Montgomery averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry in the final five weeks of the regular season, which is a sign the 22-year-old finally became acclimated to the NFL game. 

Another promising sign? Only a handful of running backs broke more tackles than Montgomery, who lacks the home run speed to consistently pull away after contact but should become more of a volume rusher after head coach Matt Nagy spends an offseason creating more opportunities for one of his best offensive weapons. 

It's hard to imagine a player with Montgomery's talent won't explode, especially if he's better supported by an offense that was a mess and fourth-worst overall in 2019. 

Montgomery was at least partially victimized by a sub-par offensive line and a passing game that never quite found its rhythm. Opposing defenses dared the Bears to throw the ball; Montgomery was fighting an uphill battle each and every week.

The Bears will make every effort to upgrade the offensive line as well as add a legitimate pass-catching tight end who can loosen up the second-level of the defense. If that happens, Montgomery will have more room to run and is a safe bet to eclipse 1,200 rushing yards, assuming he gets the touches he deserves. 

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    Allen Robinson is making his feelings on the proposed CBA abundantly clear

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    Allen Robinson is making his feelings on the proposed CBA abundantly clear

    Allen Robinson does not have time for this nonsense. 

    Robinson, who's actually quite the vociferous tweeter, Logged On a few weeks back and gang, he hasn't Logged Off since. Since the very beginning, he's remained perfectly clear about where he lies re: the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement that may, or may not, be close to ratification. It started back on Feb. 20: 

    Weird, it's almost like players aren't responding to the idea that owners could cap game checks at an arbitrary (and low) number without any sort of publicly-made reasoning behind it! Love to be paid less than usual for more work. LOVE IT. 

    He then RT'd Richard Sherman, who was RT'ing JJ Watt: 

    Our large, athletic, labor-focused sons are all grown up! Allen wasn't done though. A few days later, he hit 'em with some 1st Team All-Pro sarcasm:

    Trying to split players on issues while alienating the NFL's working class against the stars definitely doesn't sound like something a group of team owners would try and do, right? Surely these billionaires understand how much money they already have and wouldn't jeopardize their work force's safety just for one more Sunday afternoon of beer sales? Oh they would? Unabashedly? Ah. Well while we're here, anything else on your mind, Allen? 

    Hell yes. Hell yes Allen. The most damning tweet of all may have come a few days ago, though: 

    Hot cakes Allen! Hot cakes! 

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