Very sick bay has Lovie 'concerned'


Very sick bay has Lovie 'concerned'

The Bears arent quite ready to start open tryouts, particularly for wide receivers, but theyre getting close.

Receiverreturner Devin Hester (ankle) finished the week without being able to practice at all, and running back Marion Barber (calf) also did not practice for the third straight day.

Concerned, said Lovie Smith in an uncharacteristically candid negative injury summary. We have a little bit of time still before the game but its not looking real good.

Barber is officially doubtful and Hester questionable, as are Lance Briggs (ankle) and Henry Melton (shin).

Sources told that Caleb Hanie will remain as the No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown, with Nathan Enderle as the No. 3, if the Bears do keep three quarterbacks active.

So here is the offensive positional math as it stands:

The Bears will play the best team in the NFL with their third-string quarterback (McCown), their third- and fourth-string running backs (Kahlil Bell, Armando Allen), and missing potentially three of the six receivers that were their depth going into this season (Hester, Johnny Knox, Sam Hurd).

That leaves Earl Bennett, Roy Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher as their top three wide receivers, and Bennett will be pressed into service as the punt returner, if the depth chart is to be believed. Bell has returned kickoffs but now he is the starting tailback. Allen returned kicks while at Notre Dame.

Its a mess, anyway you move the pieces around.

But it also is a career opportunity to varying degrees for several of the principals.

McCown is hopeful of showing hes worth getting a contract and look through the offseason and training camp. Bell is a restricted free agent after this season, meaning he is playing for an upper-level tender offer. Allen has been on the practice squad all year but for two weeks.

Just being on the practice squad, you know that your opportunity can come anytime so you need to be ready, Allen said.

The Packers have declared tackles Bryan Bulaga (knee) andChad Clifton (hamstring), receiver Greg Jennings (knee) and defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion) out, with defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder) questionable.

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.

Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.

As a result, Chicago signed former Buccaneers linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.

Bond, 26, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by the Buccaneers on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy. 

Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths. 

Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson. 

The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs. 

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