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Core players on 'D' cautious about returns

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Core players on 'D' cautious about returns

The Chicago defense allowed yardage but only three passing touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, whose 33 scores through the air are second only to Drew Brees and New Orleans 36 TD passes.
And the Bears managed that without two linchpin players in their pass defense: linebacker Brian Urlacher, cornerback Tim Jennings and defensive tackle Henry Melton, the latter two among the leaders in fan voting for the Pro Bowl because of their work against the pass.
Jennings (shoulder separation) and Melton (clavicle) are closest to returning for the game against Arizona. Both practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and expressed guarded optimism about facing the Cardinals.
We just want to make sure that we prevent anything from happening, Jennings, who was injured making a tackle late in the Seattle game, said. Of course if it happens again it could be further damage. I feel good, body feels well enough to continue playing at a high level.
I just want to definitely make sure my shoulder is where it needs to be strength- and flexibility-wise to go out there and help contribute and help the team win. I know if I feel like I cant help them at all, then Im no good out there. I want to continue to make sure its where it needs to be.
Melton is third among defensive tackles with six sacks and the primary interior force against pass protection. He was forced out of the game in Minnesota after falling on the turf and, like Jennings, the goal is to get him on the field but with the smallest possible risk of re-injury.
Reduced work is more kind of precautionary, Melton said. I could definitely play through it, but they dont want anything worse to happen to it that would keep me out of the playoffs or something like that. Were going to see how it feels and maybe give it a go.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Will Bears retain NFC North lead come Bears-Vikings matchup?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Will Bears retain NFC North lead come Bears-Vikings matchup?

David Haugh, Chris Bleck and Tony Andracki join Kap on the panel

0:00- The guys dissect the Bears’ big win over the Lions, Mitch Trubisky’s best game as a pro and discuss expectations for Matt Nagy’s team as they get ready to face the Vikings.

19:00- Jimmy Butler is a 76er. Will he bring down that locker room as well?

23:00- Lauri Markkanen suffers a setback while Zach LaVine says he’s tired. After another loss, is it time for the Bulls to set their sights on the top of the NBA Draft lottery?

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Steve Kerr: 'By the way, I kicked MJ's ass'

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Steve Kerr: 'By the way, I kicked MJ's ass'

The story of Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan getting into a fight in training camp has become infamous in NBA history.

It was the undersized guard who was a 3-point specialist standing up to the greatest player ever who was notorious for his competitive nature. Kerr still brings it up every so often, and made a reference to it (to comedic effect) on Tuesday.

"By the way, I kicked MJ's ass," Kerr said.

At the beginning of the clip, the Warriors coach is talking about an on-court confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, which carried over to the locker room after the game.

Kerr's altercation with Jordan took place in 1995, the summer before the Bulls went 72-10 and won the fourth of the team's six titles. The two got matched up in a scrimmage and Jordan, ever the trash talker, starting jawwing at Kerr. Kerr didn't back down, which led to the two needing to be separated.

Apparently Kerr can still laugh about the whole thing, too.