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Sick Bay: Wright ruled out for Sunday

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Sick Bay: Wright ruled out for Sunday

The near-total good health of the off week following the Tampa Bay game is officially a thing of the past at this critical juncture, with starting safety Major Wright joining Jay Cutler and Matt Forte as officially out of Sundays game in Denver.

The Bears have no other players on their injury report. But this takes a third starter out of the lineup and means that the Bears will open with their eighth different starting safety pairing in 12 games (Chris Conte-Craig Steltz). And that is not including right tackle Gabe Carimi, out for the year from a knee injury in the New Orleans game.

Wright suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to Kansas City and will miss his third game due to injury this season after missing the first five games last season with a hamstring injury. He went out of the New Orleans game and missed Green Bay with a head injury and was inactive against the Buccaneers due to a hip injury.

The Broncos are expected to have Willis McGahee back from a foot injury after the No. 1 running back was able to practice for the first time Friday and is listed as questionable. Receiver Eddie Royal (concussion) also is listed as questionable.

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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