Bears WR Alshon Jeffery Misses the End of Practice with Muscle Tightness

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Alshon Jeffery was not able to finish practice on Wednesday according to coach John Fox due to muscle tightness. The coach stated that “It just got tight and we’re going to be cautious with that type stuff, especially in the hot weather.”

The good news is that Jeffery has been getting after it and according to quarterback Jay Cutler has looked very good thus far in camp after he missed OTA’s this last spring.

“I think the conditioning kind of caught up with [Jeffery] a little bit today,” Cuter stated. “The off day usually throws guys off a little bit, but he stated off fast today.”

The Bears need Jeffery to be healthy this season if the club wants any shot at competing in the NFC South. He’s a big part of the offense, and they can’t have him sitting and watching.

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Concussions: The Plaque of the NFL

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By Bryan Dietzler

This writer decided to take a little bit of time off from writing about the Chicago Bears and do something on one of the most pressing and critical topics surrounding the NFL today.  Concussions have been a problem in the NFL since its inception and only recently have doctors, players and officials in the league discovered just how much of a problem that this can cause.

The hardship and tragedy of concussions in the league has only really just been realized and it has come out that there are long term effects that result from suffering to many concussions or sub-concussive events.  These long term effects were recently publicized in the movie Concussion.  While it’s “Hollywood” and everything might not be entirely accurate in the movie, but through research, the movie does bring some up some solid truths about concussions and the long term effects of them including CTE.  It’s likely that CTE has been around for a long time, not just in football players but in other sports related professions that see a constant risk of head injury.  Thanks to medical advances as well as people taking the time to care about what is happening, it is just now coming to light.

Some of the cases that have been rather famous.  Mike Webster, the former center of the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably the most famous and the first real groundbreaking case of CTE discovered.  None of the medical personnel that treated Webster could figure out what was wrong with him and they kept pumping him full of drugs thinking that would take care of his problems.  Unfortunately it would take Webster’s death for people to stand up and take note and realize that there was much more to his death than what it looked like on the outside.

Many more have fallen since Webster passed.  We have seen Dave Duerson take his life along with Junior Seau and others.  All once strong men taken down by the effects of the job that they loved most.  Sad.

But what can be done to prevent these kinds of deaths from happening in the future?  There is really only one way to stop it and that is to cease receiving the head trauma that causes concussions and thus, the end result, CTE.  That, of course, could mean that football may eventually have to come to an end and no one, especially this writer, wants to see that happen.  Football has grown to become a very popular sport across the world and shutting it down would be a detriment to many people.  In addition to that, it’s highly doubtful that the NFL would ever fold.  It makes too much money, provides too many jobs and gives us too much entertainment to ever close its doors and go away.  Don’t worry football fans, football isn’t going anywhere.

Still, we need to think of what has happened to boxing over the last few years.  Boxing was a very popular sport back in the mid 1900’s and it was watched and enjoyed by a lot of people.  When it was discovered that boxers suffered long term damage from the sport, including ill effects from concussions and constant hits to the head, the sport started to become less popular.  Since then, boxing has taken a dip in its consumption by the consumer and it’s not been as widespread or as noticeable as it has been in the past.  Could the same thing happen to football?

Football is extremely popular and isn’t going to go away or fall by the wayside like boxing, has sort of done.  But football could quite possibly be made a little safer.  The problem with doing that is that making it a little less violent has a negative effect because people love the violence of football.  The NFL has already put together some rules that are taking some of the violence out of the sport all in an effort to help keep players safer.  Some of the things that they have done include eliminating certain kinds of hits (like spearing) and tackles (like horse collars).  These rule changes have had a positive effect on the game and have, perhaps, curtailed some of the injuries that were previously suffered by players.

Could there more that the league can do to protect players?  Can they implement more rules?  Can new technology help out?  Could there be better medical procedures waiting in the wings that can help take care of these players for the short and long term?  Hopefully technological advances come far enough (and soon enough) to the point where players can be healed easier and suffer less as a result of the constant blows to the head that they receive.  It can almost be assured that the NFL is looking for ways to help curb the problem and lessen the impact.

We cannot forget about those who have sacrificed so much to make the negative effects of concussions and CTE get thrust to forefront.  Webster was probably the first and sadly it took a lot of convincing and pleading to get the world to believe that he had suffered from CTE as well as convince people that it was related to his playing football for all of those years.  Most people, including those that run the NFL, are just now starting to realize the long term effects of head injuries in the NFL and are doing something about it.

Football will march on as the nation’s number one sport despite the fact it has most likely caused the deaths of several of its most valued former members.  Hockey and soccer are also sports that have a risk of concussion and there have been some measures taken to control head injuries in those sports (mainly at the junior level).  People are taking action and doing something about it and the awareness, as well as the treatment has gotten much better.

So let’s not forget those that took their lives or passed away by other means as a result of CTE.  Let’s not forget the doctor, Bennet Omalu, who discovered CTE and tried his best to bring it to the attention of the medical and sporting community.  Had it not been for his discovery some of the advances and changes that we see today may have not been put in place.  People may have continued playing with concussions instead of taking advantage of the new rules that have been set forth by league and other governing bodies.  Perhaps this is helping to save a few lives and make things easier.

Football is here to stay, it’s now starting to become safer and that’s important.

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Bears Agree on One-Year Deal with Veteran CB Brandon Boykin

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The Bears have added a vet to their secondary, as today the team inked former Eagles and Steelers CB Brandon Boykin to a one-year deal according to Brad Biggs on Twitter.

It’s a no-lose for the Bears, a player that can add to the teams defensive backfield with very little to have to give him in return.

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Bears First-Round Pick LB Leonard Floyd Carted off Practice Field

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Bears first-round draft pick linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off the practice field Thursday according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.

There were no immediate updates about the nature or severity of the injury. Head coach John Fox is scheduled to address the media after practice but has the reputation of being notoriously tight-lipped about injuries and other personnel matters.

The No.9-overall pick this May out of the University of Georgia, Floyd is being counted on to bolster a Bears pass rush that recorded only 35 sacks in 2015. Losing him for any amount of time would be a tremendous blow to the defense-and to the Bears’ hopes of competing for a playoff spot in 2016.

Bears Release Safety Omar Bolden

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The Bears have released safety Omar Bolden according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

The timing of the move is curious as the Bears just signed Bolden to a one-year, $840,000 deal in March which included an $80,000 signing bonus. Originally a fourth round pick out Arizona State by the Denver Broncos in 2012, Bolden spent his first four years in the NFL in Denver so Bears head coach John Fox is obviously familiar with him. While in Denver the 27-year-old was a deep reserve with no career interceptions but developed into a core special teamer.

It is possible that Bolden is dealing with an undisclosed injury or an off-the-field situation. Otherwise, he will likely latch on with another team looking for quality special teams help.

Bears Great Charles Tillman Ends His Career

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Some players retire from professional football with a farewell tour. Others go out on top after claiming another Super Bowl title (see: Peyton Manning.) And others still hang on well past their expiration date and ruin the legacy that was built in the prime of their career (see: too many to name.) Then there is defensive back Charles Tillman, who announced his retirement on July 18 in the most 21st century way possible–a video posted to Twitter.

Drafted by the Bears in 2003, Tillman became a starter in his rookie and quickly established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in all of football. Twice a Pro Bowler and the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Tillman was a standout on the 2006 Bears team that played in Super Bowl XLI.

Tillman ends his career as the Bears all-time leader in defensive returns for touchdowns (9) and his 36 interceptions ranks him third all-time in franchise history. No doubt preparations are underway at this very moment for a Charles Tillman day at Soldier Field later this season.

As for the defense head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will field for the Bears in 2016, it will begin and end with the front-seven. New addition Jerrell Freeman was recently named the sixth best inside linebacker in the NFL by Sports Illustrated. And coming over from the Broncos is Danny Trevathan, the third ranked player on that same list from SI. There is no question that the Bears will be able to get a push up front in the pass rush and they should be able to improve on their #10 ranking against the run.

So then it comes down to the offense.

The team failed in its bid to secure wide receiver Ashon Jeffrey to a long-term contract, meaning that he’ll be playing this season under the franchise tag of $14 million. But if Jeffrey can stay healthy–something he struggled with last season–quarterback Jay Cutler can capitalize on 2015 and what was his best season in a Bears uniform, and the three new additions along the offensive line can help protect Cutler’s pocket, many NFL expert sites, and BettingSports.com is one of them, think the Bears can challenge the Packers and Vikings in the NFC Central and perhaps sneak into the postseason.

Even if the team falls short of the playoffs there is almost no one out there who thinks that they’ll fall short of improving on last season’s 6-10 record.

Chicago Bears Insider: The Alshon Jeffery Rumor Mill Spins

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears tries to make a catch as he's defended by Keenan Lewis #28 of the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter on December 15, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 31-15. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

By Bryan Dietzler

The summer has been fairly quiet for the Bears so far as not a lot has been going on.  There was the draft which took place in May and then a mini-purge of sorts with the release of safety Antrel Rolle and guard Matt Slauson.  After that, the only real talk coming out of Bear’s camp is the attempted singing of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a long term deal.  Jeffery signed his franchise tag so the Bears knew that they would have him for another year but getting him signed to a long term deal has been a little bit of a problem.

The news has been full of speculation as to what might happen with Jeffery.  Some are saying that the Bears are going to get a long term deal done for him while others feel that he is going to be traded this summer and wind up with another team.  There is also some talk about Jeffery’s mindset and that he isn’t happy as a Chicago Bear and that he wants out an on another team.  Someone has to be right but who is?

One thing is for sure and that is that the Bears need Jeffery in the lineup.  When wasn’t injured and able to play (in 2016) he was a monster and really helped the Bear’s offense move the ball down the field effectively.  He has a good relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler and Cutler relies on Jeffery a lot when he’s in the lineup.  Defenses have a tough time covering Jeffery because he’s so big (we saw the struggles defenses had several times last year against him) and this gives the Bears an advantage.

This year wide receiver Kevin White should be healed up from the injury that kept him out of the lineup last year meaning that the Bears will have two very capable wide receivers available to catch passes from Cutler.  Imagine how much that will help the Bear’s offense?  Having both of them on the field (something that the Bears wanted to have last year but couldn’t because of White’s injury) will go a long ways towards helping make the offense better.

But what about these rumors that the Bears may want to trade Jeffery?  There are some outlets (such as NFL.com) that are stating that the Bears and Jeffery are pretty far apart from a deal and that could mean that he may be on his way out of Chicago.  Keep in mind that the franchise tag contract that has been signed keeps Jeffery in place for one year so why all the talk of sending him away?

Will the Bears get scared and send Jeffery packing getting something back for him in return?  Think of what position that would put the Bears in.  It must be realized that they will want to have both Jeffery and White in position and ready for next season.  Think of what that combination is going to do to opponents in the future.  You can’t think that the Bears are going to let go of Jeffery now and risk losing that kind of firepower.

People like to twist things around and present their own opinions.  Football teams are so tight lipped about what they plan to do it’s really only speculation that you are listening to when you hear things like Jeffery is going to be traded or let go by the Bears.  You never really know what the team is going to do because the team never really lets anyone know what they are up to.

So we have to speculate as to what the Bears are really up to and we ask, what are they up to with Jeffery?  We must realize that the Bears are limited as to the timing in which they can sign Jeffery to a long term deal.  They have until 3pm on Friday July 15th to get a long term deal done or else they will have to wait until next year.  Unless something happens quickly (and at the time of this posting it hasn’t) it doesn’t appear that a deal is going to get done.  There are some that say that both the Bears and Jeffery are far apart on a deal at this point and it’s possible they are.

So now what happens with Jeffery?  Well he is signed to the franchise tag for a pretty significant amount of money (the franchise tag pays the player an average of the top few salaries at that players position) so that means he is probably going to play for the Bears next year and hopefully he able to stay healthy and perform because the team is going to need him.

Quite honestly, it appears as if Jeffery is going to be with the Bears at least this season unless some kind of good trade opportunity comes up.  Hopefully, with his remaining in Chicago, he stays healthy over the course of the 2016 season, continues to have good chemistry with Cutler and teams up with White to make the passing game dangerous.  If he can do that then bigger things will be coming his way next year like a long term deal.

The Bears may be doing something else by not signing Jeffery to a long term deal.  They may be waiting to see how he does this year before paying him a lot of money to then possibly watch him fail. Last year was a scary year for the Bears and Jeffery.  The wide receiver was often injured and spent a lot of time out of the lineup.

The Bears may not be wanting to take a gamble on him until he can prove that he will remain healthy for a season.  That’s a good bet that’s what the Bears are planning to do.  Wouldn’t you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth before you spend a lot on something?

So for both the Bear’s sake and Jeffery’s all parties hope that it’s going to be a healthy and productive 2016.  If it is, not only do the Bears stand a pretty good chance of winning more games but Jeffery could see a big payday next year either with the Bears or with another team.  This will be a key season for the still young wide receiver.

Keep an eye on Jeffery this season as he should have a pretty solid season if he can stay healthy.  The Bears will prosper if he can stay in the lineup and be productive. It would be great if he and White could team up and be a dangerous combination giving the Bear two solid wide receivers to throw the ball to on a game in and game out basis.  Health will be a big factor for both of those players this season and if they can stay healthy, the Bears will have some good success on offense.

What does a Bear’s fan need to believe about all this?  You can pretty much bet that Jeffery will be with the Bears in 2016 so you have nothing to worry about. If he has a solid season he will almost assuredly have a big payday next year but if he’s injured or doesn’t play as well as he can (and should) he will most likely be an ex-Bear. Odds are pretty good that he will be back again and playing for the Bears.

Bears and WR Alshon Jeffery Fail to Reach a Deal

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The Bears failed to come to terms on a long-term deal with No.1 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery before Friday’s deadline according to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.

To be frank, no deal was expected.

Jeffery wanted Dez Bryant-type money and the Bears organization was simply unwilling to commit that kind of jack with Jeffery coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season.

Jeffery also has the reputation of not always keeping himself in the best of shape. In his defense, Jeffery still led all Bears receivers in catches an receiving yards last season despite missing seven games.

The 26-year-old, a second-round draft pick for the Bears out of South Carolina in 2012, should remain quite content playing on the $14,599 million one-year franchise tag for wideouts in 2016 and will be in line for a massive payday if he can stay healthy and produce WR1 numbers.

The Bears will have plenty of time to negotiate with Jeffery after the season.

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