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Bears: No surgery needed for Matt Forte, Eddie Royal

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Bears: No surgery needed for Matt Forte, Eddie Royal

The prognosis for their returns from knee injuries suffered in the Bears’ 23-20 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings is unclear but the Bears, running back Matt Forte and receiver Eddie Royal all got some semblance of good news when it was determined that neither member of the offense will need any surgery for damage done.

“I think the feeling right now is, not exact because we’re not done with [evaluations], I don’t see it being season-ending on either one or even whether there, ACL, needs to be surgically repaired stuff moving forward,” coach John Fox said on Monday.

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The news on Bryce Callahan was not quite as good, with the promising young cornerback being placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol after his wobbly exit from the game on Sunday.

Kyle Long placed on Injured reserve

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Kyle Long placed on Injured reserve

The Bears have guard Kyle Long on injured reserve due to hip injury. The Bears announced they moved DL Abdullah Anderson from the practice squad to the active roster. They have also signed TE Dax Robinson to the practice squad.

Long is a seven-year vet of the Bears and had played the first three games of the 2019 season. He sat on Week 4’s matchup against the Vikings due to his hip but came back to play against the Raiders in London in Week 5.

This news is tough to take considering the Bears offensive struggles this season and Long’s history with the team.

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Bears open as favorites in Week 7 vs. Saints

Bears open as favorites in Week 7 vs. Saints

The best thing that can happen to a team coming off of a disappointing loss like the Bears suffered in Week 5 to the Oakland Raiders is time away. Time to get back to basics, work on improving some deficiencies and, sometimes, just getting out of the national spotlight.

The Bears (3-2) will welcome the Saints (5-1) to Soldier Field in Week 7 in a game that would seem to favor New Orleans. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has excelled in relief of Drew Brees, who continues to rehab a thumb injury that will keep him out of Sunday's contest in Chicago. The Saints' defense has been fantastic as well and currently ranks 10th overall in yards allowed per game.

Chicago, meanwhile, is hoping for quarterback Mitch Trubisky's return from a left shoulder injury and is likely to be without Kyle Long (hip; injured reserve) and Akiem Hicks (elbow).

Logic would dictate that New Orleans will be a road favorite in this one, but that isn't the case. At least, not yet.

The Bears open the week as a 3.5-point favorite, which even when factoring the three-point edge home teams usually get still means the oddsmakers like Chicago to win the game outright.

Bears fans may still have the sour taste of defeat after the London letdown, but there are a lot of smart people in Las Vegas who obviously think the Bears have a chance (a really, really good chance) to win Sunday's NFC showdown.

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