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Report: Kelly interviews with Eagles; Bears have interest?

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Report: Kelly interviews with Eagles; Bears have interest?

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly met following the BCS Championship game, and that there is mutual interest between the two to fill the organization's vacant head coaching position. The news was first reported by Philadelphia Enquirer'sJeff McLane.
The Eagles, who fired head coach Andy Reid after 14 seasons, are set to interview Lovie Smith sometime this week.
Kelly has been the head coach at Notre Dame for three seasons, most recently helping the Irish to a No. 1 overall ranking and trip to the BCS Championship game, where they lost to Nick Saban and Alabama, 42-14. The Irish finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country with a 12-1 record.
CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora also said the Bears have interest in Kelly.

In addition to the Eagles, league sources say the Bears also have interest in Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ... Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2013
After Black Monday, when seven NFL head coaches were fired the day after the completion of the regular season, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly took his name out of the running after meeting with the Eagles and Browns. Saban also said he would not be leaving the Crimson Tide for the NFL.

For what it's worth, Kelly insisted he was happy at Notre Dame.

When I took the job at Notre Dame, I think I said it was a dream job," Kelly explained Saturday at media day before the National Championship. "But I never went around day to day anything about being the Notre Dame head coach, because the job that I had in hand was what I was thinking about. And I think that's the same thing with the NFL.

"I think from my perspective I've got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever. I just look at the place that I'm at and thankful for the opportunity that I have."

The Eagles aren't holding their breath, either.

Reuben Frank just told CSN Philly that the Eagles believe Brian Kelly will RETURN to Notre Dame following their interview Tuesday Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) January 10, 2013

Mitch Trubisky begins throwing again as Bears continue to monitor his status for Sunday's game

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Mitch Trubisky begins throwing again as Bears continue to monitor his status for Sunday's game

The Bears returned to practice on Monday, the first time the team was at Halas Hall since they left for London almost two weeks ago. Among those who did practice was starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who has been out for most of the last two games with an injured non-throwing shoulder. Head coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t definitively say whether Trubisky would start on Sunday against the Saints, but was encouraged by what he saw from the quarterback in practice. 

“His situation for us is seeing exactly where he’s at with pain,” Nagy said on Monday. “Just all of us collaborating exactly to see where he is, so that we can make a decision as to which way we want to go for this week –– whether he’s ready or if he’s not ready.” 

It was reported that Trubisky suffered a dislocated left shoulder, along with a slight labrum tear, when Minnesota defensive lineman Danielle Hunter tripped up the QB on the Bears’ first offensive drive of their Week 3 win over the Vikings. 

Monday was the first time he had thrown footballs since suffering the injury, a progression that –– along with the Bears moving 3rd string QB Tyler Bray back to the practice squad –– indicates Trubisky may not be far from returning. He wasn’t put on a pitch-count during Mos practice, and the next step is assessing his pain tolerance. Nagy was adamant, however, in his assurance that if Trubisky is back on the field against New Orleans, it’ll be because the team is fully confident in his ability to absorb hits. 

“If he ends up playing, then he plays,” he said. “... You can’t tell someone to play a game and not get hit. You can’t do it. If you’re okay to play a game, than you’re okay to get hit. It’s not hard – it’s pretty simple.” 

Coming out of the bye, the Bears now head into a doozy of a schedule that includes games against (among others) Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and Kansas City. The Bears had one of, if not the, least productive offenses in football with Trubisky at the helm through the first three weeks, and Nagy talked on Monday about how the team is quickly approaching the point in the season where title contenders move away from the pack. There’s a good bit of pressure on the offense to figure out a quick fix, but it’s not changing what type of progression they’re expecting to see out of their third-year QB. 

“If he’s able to play, then I want to just be able to see the stuff I’ve always been looking for,” Nagy said. “Which is just in-and-out of the huddle, making throws at the right time, and then making proper decisions –– whether it’s in the run game or the pass game.”

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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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