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At least he can laugh about it: Taylor Gabriel apologizes to fantasy owners after getting one reception vs. Saints

At least he can laugh about it: Taylor Gabriel apologizes to fantasy owners after getting one reception vs. Saints

The Bears offense is struggling, which means any unfortunate fantasy owners putting stock into Bears offensive players were hurting on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel had some fun with it at least. Gabriel and Tarik Cohen went to O’Hare for a promotional event where they scanned tickets and called in boarding groups at the airport.

Gabriel had just one catch for six yards in Sunday’s loss to the Saints. He went on the loudspeaker and apologized to his fantasy owners.

“Hopefully you guys got me on the bench last night,” Gabriel said. “I apologize.”

One young fan told him he had him in his lineup. Gabriel responded with “I owe you a hug,” and went over and hugged the kid.

Watch the interaction in the video above.

Gabriel was targeted just twice. His six receiving yards were a season low.

The 28-year-old had a huge game Week 3 against the Redskins (6 receptions for 75 yards and three touchdowns), but suffered a concussion in that game. Sunday’s game against the Saints was Gabriel’s first game action since.

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Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."

Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan. 

"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay. 

"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued. 

The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.

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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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