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With Cutler sidelined, Bears fall short again

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With Cutler sidelined, Bears fall short again

CHICAGO (AP) Jay Cutler was back home, nursing his concussion and watching as the Chicago Bears got pounded by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Whether he'll be back behind center this weekend remains to be seen.

``That's the goal, and that's what we're hoping for,'' Cutler said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's ``Waddle & Silvy'' show.

He said he's feeling ``as normal as can be'' and will play again this season. He said he ``can't say that for sure'' when asked if he'll be ready to play against Minnesota.

Having their starting quarterback certainly would help the Bears, who are suddenly reeling after back-to-back losses to two of the league's top teams in Houston and San Francisco. What happened against the 49ers was particularly ugly and gave more fuel to skeptics who believe the Bears' record was fattened by lackluster opponents over the first half of the season.

Chicago, after all, is 0-3 against the top teams on their schedule when you add the loss at Green Bay in Week 2.

The Bears (7-3) are still in first place, tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead, and that's something they pointed out afterward.

``That is the upside coming off of this loss,'' receiver Devin Hester said.

Coach Lovie Smith said, ``We have to take 7-3 into it. And I'm not disappointed in us being at the top of our division with the best record, tied for the best record in our division. That's the football team that we are.''

They won't be for long if this keeps up.

A defense that had been dominant got picked apart, with backup Colin Kaepernick throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start while Alex Smith sat out to heal from a concussion of his own. The 49ers scored on each of their first four possessions, and the Bears never recovered.

Their offense struggled again, and things were particularly bad in the trenches, with Aldon Smith terrorizing Jason Campbell for 5 1/2 sacks.

They got little from their run game, with Matt Forte managing just 63 yards, and Campbell, the experienced backup the Bears brought in during the offseason after crumbling with Caleb Hanie last year, couldn't do much. He threw for just 107 yards and got picked off twice.

Then again, the way the line was blocking, it might not have mattered if Cutler was playing.

Either way, it's not hard to see why Campbell used phrases such as ``worst nightmare'' and ``wakeup call'' afterward.

The Bears had a chance to show they could beat an elite team, and got flattened instead.

``I have never been on a team that works harder, coaches and players,'' said Brandon Marshall, who was swarmed all night and finished with two catches for 21 yards. ``We really are excited about this opportunity we have, as far as the entirety of the season. There is no complacency. It seems like every time we win a game we work a little bit harder. I love that about this team. We just have to get better, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and that starts with the leaders. Me being one of the guys, I have to be better.''

Beating the Vikings (6-4) is no sure thing.

League rushing leader Adrian Peterson has averaged just under 103 yards in eight games against them and went off for 224 in a game in 2007, the most ever by a Bears opponent. On the other side, Jared Allen tends to give them fits with 13 sacks in eight games against Chicago, and that doesn't bode well, whether it's Campbell or Cutler at quarterback.

And, of course, Cutler hopes it's him.

Asked if it's safe to say he did not pass all the tests he needed to and therefore was held out, Cutler said, ``It's not safe to say. Before I even took a test, I met with Lovie and our trainers. Me and (defensive end) Shea (McClellin) - pass or not pass the test, everyone was leaning toward us not playing.''

Cutler said he hopes to take all the reps with the starters in practice this week. He has doctors' appointments on Wednesday and Friday.

``We have to take everything into account and see how I feel,'' Cutler said.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

The city of Washington, where he grew up near and was a star in college at Georgetown University, isn't the only factor that makes joining the Wizards familiar for Jeff Green. He is also reuniting with his former coach, Scott Brooks, who now leads the Wizards.

Long ago, Brooks was cutting his teeth on the sidelines while Green was finding his way on the court. When Green was a rookie on the Seattle Supersonics in 2007, Brooks was a 42-year-old assistant coach. The team moved to Oklahoma City the following year and by late November of 2008, Brooks was the head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped oversee Green's first four seasons as an NBA player and Green remembers those days well.

"He looked way better than he does now," Green joked.

Brooks, now 53, has a knack for taking playful shots at those he works with, whether that be players, fellow coaches or the media. Green is clearly on that level and feels comfortable ribbing his head coach, knowing he can both dish it out and take it.

All jokes aside, Green is still appreciative of the tutelage he received from Brooks back in the day.

"Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me. He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league," Green said.

The NBA has taken Brooks and Green to very different places in the seven years since they split ways. Green left for the Celtics and has since played for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic and most recently the Cavaliers. Brooks stuck around with OKC through the 2014-15 season before he was let go. After taking a year off, he joined the Wizards.

Much has changed in Brooks and Green's lives. They have lost and gained jobs. Their families have grown. Now, they are back on the same team and Green is excited about it.

"We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact. So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed. We just have to do our part on the floor," Green said.

Green spoke with Brooks on the phone before deciding to sign with the Wizards as a free agent in July. His presence was one of the many reasons he felt Washington was a good fit.

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