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Bears to practice vs. Indianapolis Colts for two days in August

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Bears to practice vs. Indianapolis Colts for two days in August

John Fox was hired to restore some of the lost luster to Bears tradition and now the new coach is restoring another bit of tradition, practicing against another NFL team during training camp.

The Bears will go to Indianapolis a couple of days ahead of their Saturday, Aug. 22 game against the Colts and hold joint practices with the Colts on Aug. 19-20. The practices will not be open to the public, however.

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“We felt this was a good opportunity to work against an excellent team that has been to the playoffs the past three years,” Fox said in a statement through the Bears website ChicagoBears.com. “The timing worked well in terms of where it fit into our schedule. The guys like it as a change-up to what they have been doing the prior three weeks and the competition increases at practice as a result. It will help us with our preparation and evaluation of the team.”

Joint practices with other teams were once a fairly regular part of Bears training camp. Bill Belichick brought the Cleveland Browns for several years to Platteville, Wisc. The Bears also traveled across the state to work with the New Orleans Saints while Mike Ditka was coaching the Saints.

The last time the Bears practiced against another team was in 2004, Lovie Smith’s first season as coach, when they went to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., to work with the St. Louis Rams.

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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