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Applications now being accepted: Bears' Top 4 WRs miss practice

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Applications now being accepted: Bears' Top 4 WRs miss practice

Eddie Royal, the last of the top four receivers on the Bears’ preseason depth chart, made it a foursome on Wednesday as the veteran wideout was out of practice with a hip injury.

Statuses for Saturday in Cincinnati against the Bengals won’t be clear until much closer to game time, but as of now, none of Royal, Alshon Jeffery (calf), Kevin White (shin) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring) were practicing.

“I've never been a part of anything like that, all four going down like that,” said quarterback Jay Cutler.

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What that meant, and could mean on Saturday, is that Josh Bellamy, Rashad Lawrence, Marc Mariani and Cameron Meredith are top current top wideouts for your Chicago Bears.

“I got in the huddle there with these guys and they're all excited to be out there, they want to the ball, they want to do things the right way,” Cutler said, “so we'll see how it goes.”

None have ever started an NFL game and only Mariani has recorded a reception (five total).

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“Yeah, we got a few guys out,” coach John Fox said with a slight albeit pained smile. “But it doesn’t appear real long-term with anybody and it gives some other guys some opportunities.”

Only White, who underwent surgery last week to fix a stress fracture, is being described as other than day-to-day, meaning that at least a theoretical chance does remain that Jeffery, Royal and Wilson could play at Cincinnati. The likelihood of other than Royal playing, however, is very slight.

The good injury news of the day was the return to practice of linebacker Pernell McPhee (chest) and left tackle Jermon Bushrod (back), the latter only for on a limited basis, though.

Mitch Trubisky will reportedly start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

Mitch Trubisky will reportedly start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:

Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.

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Puppy Pick 'Em Puppy Walter makes his Week 7 picks for Bears-Saints

Puppy Pick 'Em Puppy Walter makes his Week 7 picks for Bears-Saints

When the Bears announced their 2019 schedule, we decided to have some puppies reveal the opponents. Now, we have taken it a step further. We have a puppy that will make weekly picks for the Bears games.

It is Week 7!

Walter's choices in Week 7 are a chance to go to Mardi Gras or a celebration of St. Patrick's day in Chicago. Bears fans should be excited about his decision in Week 7... and now we're all looking forward to St. Patrick's Day again!

The 12-week old dachshund was hand-selected by the scouts at NBC Sports Chicago and hails from One Tail at a Time rescue. He came from a shelter in Alabama and was transported to Chicago.  At just 7 weeks old and without his mom, he beat a deadly virus and spent some time in the doggie ER, where he healed and became strong again. 

Now, Walter is ready to rumble between the well-manicured lines of Sweetness Field. He is NOW adoptable via onetail.org and has two adorable sisters named Martha and Millie, who are already adopted. 

Walter will pick the games throughout the NFL season, including the playoffs and we hope that his nose follows the scent to the Bears every week, all the way to that magical game in Miami in February. Narrated by Jason Benetti, play-by-play announcer for the White Sox.  

It is time for Puppy Pick ‘Em presented by Nissan.

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