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Bears rookie offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje suspended four games

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Bears rookie offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje suspended four games

Bears rookie offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Fabuluje's suspension will begin immediately. He will be eligible to return on Monday, Dec. 7, following the Bears' Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.

“I was recently informed that I tested positive for an amphetamine after taking a supplement that did not list any banned substances on the label," Fabuluje said in a statement released by the Bears. "As a result, I will be serving a four game suspension.

"Although it was not intentional, and I would never knowingly take a banned substance, I recognize that I am ultimately responsible as an NFL player for everything that goes in my body. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, the Chicago Bears organization and our fans and can’t wait to come back and contribute to my team.”

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

Fabuluje, the Bears' sixth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of TCU, was inactive in Chicago's 22-19 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. Prior to Week 9, Fabuluje had been active in every game for the Bears this season, playing on the field-goal unit and in goal-line situations.

In a corresponding roster move, the Bears elevated wide receiver Deonte Thompson from the practice squad to the active roster. The Bears also signed offensive lineman Martin Wallace to the practice squad. Martin, who has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers, originally entered the NFL as undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2013. 

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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