Bears' late rally comes up short in loss to Titans

Bears' late rally comes up short in loss to Titans

Looking at things glass half-full, at least the Bears didn't walk away from Soldier Field with another heart-wrenching second-half collapse Sunday.

Instead, they actually put together a valiant comeback after trailing 27-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Bears' comeback bid fell short, but they certainly made things interesting in a 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans to fall to 2-9 on the season.

Matt Barkley threw for more than 200 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter alone, which also included at least five drops by his receivers in the period.

It was the fifth drop that really did the Bears in as Barkley found Josh Bellamy open in the end zone with under a minute left, but the ball clanked off Bellamy's chest and the Bears couldn't punch it in from seven yards out.

The Bears actually got out to a hot start behind Barkley, racking up 97 yards on the first two possessions of the game plus a 33-yard pass interference penalty on the Titans defense.

Barkley finished the second drive with a seven-yard strike to little-known tight end Daniel Brown, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead on Barkley's first career TD pass.

The Titans immediately responded with a touchdown drive of their own and went on to score 27 unanswered points before Barkley found Marquess Wilson for an eight-yard touchdown with a little more than eight minutes left in the game.

Barkley - making his first NFL start in place of an injured Jay Cutler - didn't do his team any favors early on with a pair of redzone interceptions.

The first one came in the middle of the second quarter when Barkley tried to force a ball inside and watched as linebacker Wesley Woodyard wrestled the ball away from tight end Ben Braunecker.

Barkley's second interception came on third-and-goal from the five when he threw a ball up for grabs in the endzone...right into the hands of Da'Norris Searcy.

The Titans racked up 375 total yards of offense, including 149 rushing as DeMarco Murray (43 yards), Derrick Henry (60 yards) and Marcus Mariota (46 yards) all topped 40 rushing yards.

Jordan Howard was a consistent bright spot for the Bears on offense with 127 total yards on 21 touches.

Marquess Wilson - who returned from injury to make his 2016 debut last week - hauled in eight catches for 125 yards and the TD, but let another score fall through his hands in the endzone late in the fourth quarter.

Barkley finished with 316 yards, three touchdowns and the two interceptions.for a rating of 72.8.

Bears Injury Report: David Montgomery limited in practice, Danny Trevathan still DNP

Bears Injury Report: David Montgomery limited in practice, Danny Trevathan still DNP

The Bears released their latest injury report this Wednesday, with some more notable names added to the list, including running back David Montgomery and tight end Trey Burton.

In a new development, David Montgomery had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury. The cause or severity of the injury is unknown at this time.

Trey Burton DNP in Wednesday’s practice due to a calf injury he suffered during Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. He was previously on the injured list in October due to a groin injury, becoming a full participant in practice during Week 10.

Danny Trevathan is still unable to participate in practice after leaving Week 10’s game during the first quarter due to a gruesome elbow injury. There has yet to be an official update from the Bears on the severity of Trevathan’s injury, but Nagy didn’t seem particularly optimistic on during Monday’s press conference following the game, admitting Trevathan could potentially join Akiem Hicks on IR depending on the results of his MRI.

Isaiah Irving also DNP due to a quad injury. He has been on the injured list since Week 9. 

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Matt Nagy was non-committal on whether the Bears would have someone at Colin Kaepernick's showcase

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Matt Nagy was non-committal on whether the Bears would have someone at Colin Kaepernick's showcase

When it was announced that the NFL would be hosting a showcase for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with invites sent to all 30 teams, speculation on the legitimacy of the event – and which teams would send scouts – ran rampant. 

When asked about whether the Bears would be sending someone to Atlanta to watch Kaepernick, Matt Nagy remained non-committal. 

"I honestly have no idea right now," he said. "I’m just kind of focused in on where we’re at. I’ll leave that up to Ryan [Pace] and those guys. I know they’ll have a handle on that.”

It's been three years since Kaepernick has played in the NFL, as the quarterback last appeared for the 49ers back in 2016. Kaepernick and Eric Reid filed a collusion suit against the NFL that accused the league of blackballing both of them over taking a knee during the national anthem. The suit was settled before going to trial, but Kaepernick's still had trouble getting the attention of teams looking for quarterback help. Pundits have frequently linked Kaepernick to the Bears – who are certainly not set at the quarterback position – but any real interest in signing the free agent remains to be seen. 

"It’ll be interesting. He’s been out of the game a little bit but when he was doing well and playing he definitely was a weapon," Nagy added. "I’ll be curious to see how he does. I have no idea. Again, for me, I wish him the best and all that and you always root good for people but from where I’m at right now personally we’re so focused in on the Rams.”