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Upon further review: No interception for Bears as Lions get TD

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Upon further review: No interception for Bears as Lions get TD

DETROIT — In an overtime game in which virtually every play can be its own turning point, the Bears lost an interception and the Detroit Lions gained a touchdown in the second quarter when game officials ruled that the Bears had dislodged and intercepted the football from the hands of Lions receiver Golden Tate.

The pass, covering two yards from quarterback Matthew Stafford to Tate, was caught by Tate but nearly immediately popped loose by cornerback Kyle Fuller and taken out of the air by rookie linebacker Jonathan Anderson, making his first NFL start as the Bears adjusted for the loss of middle linebacker Shea McClellin.

The play was reviewed and reversed.

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“The receiver gained possession of the ball with two feet down, and he was standing upright,” said referee Walt Coleman via a pool reporter. “He wasn’t going to the ground; he was standing upright. Two feet down. Possession of the ball. Takes it one more step, and then the ball was stripped out.

“In the end zone, once you have the completed catch, it’s a touchdown. The play is over. He was standing upright. It wasn’t like he was going to the ground where he would have had to have held onto the ball. But he was standing upright. Completed the catch with the ball in the end zone — that makes it a touchdown.”

The result reversal put the Lions up, 21-13, at halftime and left the Bears befuddled.

“I don’t know what they were looking for,” said linebacker Pernell McPhee. “We’ve just got to not leave plays in the hands of the officials.”

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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