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Bears' sick-bay list encouraging as practice begins for Tampa Bay

Bears' sick-bay list encouraging as practice begins for Tampa Bay

The drumbeat of Bears injuries has taken reached near-monotonous levels through the 2016 season, with rare good news for a team desperately in need of some.

On Wednesday, after virtually every player was able to practice to some extent after Tuesday off, only backup running back Ka’Deem Carey and cornerback Deiondre Hall did not practice as the Bears began on-field preparations for Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Guards Kyle Long and Josh Sitton; nose tackle Eddie Goldman; linebacker Pernell McPhee; cornerbacks Bryce Callahan and Tracy Porter — all starters, all practicing at least on a limited basis at a time of year where veterans can occasionally be held back to ensure availability on game day.

Arguably the biggest question hanging over the defense is the status of Goldman, who has not played since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Philadelphia game. Because he has missed six weeks, Goldman’s need is to display the ability to go in full during practice.

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“If he can’t do it at a good practice tempo then he probably can’t do it at game speed,” said defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “So if he’s doing well in practice and he feels good about it, then we can take a shot with him. If he’s so-so in practice and still hobbling a little bit, then maybe not.

“I think the rust that he’ll have will be more so playing on a non-full-speed ankle. He’s still not 100 percent obviously and we’ll see how he progresses tomorrow and Friday to see if he’s capable of playing.”

McPhee, whose return put an emotional charge as well as some impact playmaking into the defense in the win over Minnesota, met Fangio’s standard enough before the Green Bay game and played, though just 19 snaps. For him the key now is whether he can go beyond 30 percent of opposing snaps in a game.

“I got more playing time [vs. Minnesota], got going a little more and coach put me a little more in the game plan,” McPhee said. “Biggest thing was going out there and just competing, and I did that.”

One report speculates that the NFL could be playing games as late as March

One report speculates that the NFL could be playing games as late as March

Football writer Gary Myers – who wrote the NYT bestseller "Brady vs. Manning" – made some waves this morning with quite the tweet: 

It's obviously just one report (and not quite even that), so take it for what it's worth. That being said, Myers' report coming on the heels of Chase Daniel – who works closely with the NFLPA – strongly speculating that there weren't going to be any offseason programs paints the beginning of a grim picture when it comes to the NFL 2020 season. Having been relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic up until this point, the league has recently had to cancel it's Annual Meeting, close team facilities and dramatically alter the format of its draft. 

And if the writing wasn't already on the wall, here's a second part of Myers' report:

Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

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Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

Tommie Harris is showing a more vulnerable side of himself to the world. Known for intimidating opposing quarterbacks as a defensive tackle for the Bears from 2004-2010, Harris opened up about a personal tragedy in a music video he uploaded on Monday.

Harris's song "Deflated" goes into the inner turmoil he suffered after his wife, Ashley, died in 2012. It's a poignant look into Harris's life after football and how he's used music to cope with his new reality.


Harris has even used his music to help others. According to NBC Nashville, Harris joined the Redemption Songs Project in 2018 to help jail inmates express themselves by writing songs of their own.

If you'd like to hear more of Harris's country music, he uploaded "Grand Canyon" last November.