Running back Matt Forte and defensive tackle Henry Melton, the former coming out of the Arizona game with an ankle injury, the latter never getting on the field because of a chest injury, both were able to practice Thursday on a limited basis.
Fortes work took on added significance with backup Armando Allen again missing practice with the knee injury suffered in the Arizona game.
Forte is making a lot of progress; was able to get some reps in today, said coach Lovie Smith. He looked pretty good. Were hopeful for him, which we thought all along. I know hes been pretty optimistic about the plan. So hopefully that will be the case.
Safety Chris Conte (hamstring) and linebackers Blake Costanzo (calf) and Brian Urlacher (hamstring) also were out of practice altogether as hope dims for Urlacher making a return in Detroit.
Another positive: tackle Jonathan Scott was able to go through of all of practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the Green Bay game.
The Lions got wide receiver Calvin Johnson (kneeankle) back on a limited basis but were still without safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle).
You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same!
That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."
The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels.
Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek.
The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.
While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926.
The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.
Alas, there were better days ahead.
Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field: