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Report: NFL will let teams, states determine own fan attendance limits

Report: NFL will let teams, states determine own fan attendance limits

Whether or not you’re able to attend a Bears game at Soldier Field this season is reportedly up to the Bears and the state of Illinois.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday that as of now, the NFL will not dictate how many fans are allowed in the stands. They will leave that decision up to the teams and local governments.

If that sounds a bit unfair to you, you’re not alone.

“I’m shocked by that,” Patrick Ryan, the co-founder of ticket buyer and advisor Eventellect told The Athletic. “Because I think you’ll see some markets like let’s just say Jacksonville where they’re like, ‘Fine, you can have 100 percent attendance.’ And then like, LA is like 15 percent attendance.

“I would just think that the owner in LA, he would say, ‘This is unfair, this is a huge disadvantage.’ But it seems like that’s kind of the tone the league office is currently taking.”

There are also obvious health concerns with bringing that many people together in the middle of a global pandemic.

To address those issues, The Athletic reports the NFL will release a set of recommendations for safely reopening stadiums by next week or early July.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Phase 4 guidelines for the entire state on Monday. Included in that plan was a limit to 20% attendance capacity for outdoor spectator sports, which would include Soldier Field.

Under those guidelines around 12,000 fans would be allowed to watch a Bears game in person, however the team could decide to allow fewer fans inside.

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Bears make move at running back en route to 80-man roster

Bears make move at running back en route to 80-man roster

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters this week that he expected to get to the club's 80-main training camp roster limit this weekend, and while he's not quite there yet, he did give one of the team's running backs his pink slip on Sunday.

The Bears released undrafted rookie Napoleon Maxwell (Florida International). Meanwhile, Artavis Pierce (Oregon State) was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Maxwell's odds to make the team weren't great even in a traditional training camp setting. With the NFL and NFLPA's COVID-19 agreement mandating that teams be at an 80-man training camp roster by Aug. 16, those odds got much worse.

Pierce's activation qualifies as good news for the former Oregon State Beaver who's been pegged as a strong contender to make the roster despite his status as an undrafted free agent. The Bears lack depth at running back after David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Only Ryan Nall stands in Pierce's way for the RB3 role in 2020.

First look at rookies, Jimmy Graham in Bears' home uniforms

First look at rookies, Jimmy Graham in Bears' home uniforms

This is always a fun time of year for Bears fans, especially when it comes to the team's rookie class. It's the first chance we get to see them in action, as Bears, both on and off the field.

About that off-the-field stuff? Chicago's social media team shared a few first-looks at the team's rookie class donning their gameday threads as well as veteran tight end Jimmy Graham in his navy No. 80.

Check it out: