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Suh: Nobody's seen a specimen like myself

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Suh: Nobody's seen a specimen like myself

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The Detroit Lions are not only on the cover of the upcoming Sports Illustrated, but defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is declaring, Nobodys seen a specimen like myself.

He does qualify it by stating that he hates to say it that way but it kind of is that way.

Suh predicted the Lions would go 16-0 last season (which he presumably didnt hate to say) so he is hardly a stranger to overstatement.

He was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 draft and managed to draw a fine for a hit of Jay Cutler when the teams faced each other, which he considers a wrong call but one of those things that just happen because of how amazing he is.

When you combine speed and power, Suh says, things are going to look bad when I hit somebody.

Something for guards Chris Williams and Chris Spencer to look forward to Monday night.

Numbers-gaming

The Lions are the only team ranked in the top eight in points scored (No. 2, 135) and fewest allowed (No. 8, 76). Theyre also tied fior second in the NFL in takeaways with 11.

Award-winner

While voting plays out for Matt Fortes prospects to be named FedEx Ground player of the week, Devin Hester, in true Devin Hester style, isnt waiting around. Hester has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his 69-yard punt return for an NFL-record 11th touchdown and a 73-yard kickoff return.

By now this is standard stuff for the greatest returner in league history. It is the 10th time Hester has won the award, most ever by a return specialist.

Positive thinking

GM Jerry Angelo has decided, after the review of the Carolina game, that it wasnt so much a case of the Bears defense being bad as the Panthers quarterback being so good.

Cam Newton eluded the rush about as well as Ive ever seen, Angelo told ChicagoBears.com, recalling difficulties the Bears have had with Tony Romo and Michael Vick. But Cam Newton might be the best of them all in that regard, so Ive got to give him credit.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

The NFL could be one step closer to returning, soon. According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL and NFLPA are close to signing their updated collective bargaining agreement for playing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two sides agreed to a new CBA back in March but came back to the table to revise after the global pandemic hit the United States hard.

This news comes after the NFLPA player representatives voted 29-3 in favor of the changes on Friday.

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The new deal allows for 16-man practice squads, no preseason games for 2020, and high-risk and voluntary opt-outs for players. According to Tom Pelissero, high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance. Contracts will toll in each case, meaning it will be treated as a regular year of service time.

According to Ian Rapoport, training camp will now include a 20-day ramp-up period with no more than 14 padded practices.

In addition, Rapoport reports that rosters will need to be trimmed down to 80 players by Aug. 16, and no more than 80 people will be allowed in team buildings at a time.

"The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Training camps will begin as scheduled.

"We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials.

“The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl."


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COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

The Bears announced a handful of moves on Monday morning, with the most notable being that safety Jordan Lucas has decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season. 

Lucas is the second player on the roster to opt-out, along with defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. The safety signed as a free agent back in March, having previously spent time mostly as a special teams guy for the Dolphins and Chiefs. 

Additionally, the team announced that defensive tackle John Jenkins and tight end Eric Saubert have both been taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jenkins will be tasked with filling much of the role that Goldman's absence creates. 

Lastly, the team waived offensive lineman Dino Boyd. An undrafted free agent who originally signed with Kansas City in 2019, Boyd spent the final seven weeks of 2019 as a member of the Bears' practice squad.