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GM Ryan Pace named Sporting News' Executive of the Year, first Bears GM to win since 1985

GM Ryan Pace named Sporting News' Executive of the Year, first Bears GM to win since 1985

The offseason awards continue rolling in for the Bears. 

On Sunday, GM Ryan Pace was named Sporting News' Executive of the Year award. The award's fitting, given what Pace was able to do during the 2018 offseason to turn a 5-11 team into the NFC North Champions: 

Pace is the third Bears executive to win the award - George Halas and Michael McCaskey both won the award in 1956 and 1985, respectively. The award was voted on by a group of Pace's peers and other executives around the NFL. He talked with Sporting News about what the win meant for him and the Bears organization

"It's extremely humbling," Pace told Sporting News upon reception of his award. "It’s also motivating. (Halas and McCaskey) have really set the high standards we strive to live up to. Every day we walk into Halas Hall. To me it’s just a constant reminder of how fortunate we are to be a part of this."

Perhaps no team was more active than the Bears in the 2018 offseason. Though the hiring of Matt Nagy and signing of Robinson, Gabriel, and Burton made headlines, it may be Pace's 2017 draft that ends up being the feather in his Bears' cap. Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen, both taken in that draft's 4th round, were named All-Pros after their stellar 2018 seasons. As Pace heads to Arizona this week for the NFL's annual Owner Meetings, questions about his offseason plans continue to linger.  

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.

While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.

The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.

Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.

Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.

On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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Bears injury report: Mitchell Trubisky still listed as questionable after three straight days of full practice

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Bears injury report: Mitchell Trubisky still listed as questionable after three straight days of full practice

Everything leading into Week 7’s Bears-Saints game makes it sound like Mitchell Trubisky will make his return under center, but officially he’s still questionable.

Trubisky still has that designation despite being a full participant in practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky has missed the past two games with a left shoulder injury.

Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and offensive lineman Ted Larsen are also questionable. Nichols was limited in practice on Friday with hand and knee injuries. Larsen was a full go in practice on Friday with a knee injury after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.


Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe are listed on the injury report, but expected to play.