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Chicago Sun-Times

Week of practice encourages Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is ready to be Brandon Marshall again. The Bears’ Pro Bowl wide receiver, who participated in practice this week for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, said he feels “more explosive” and expects to be “back to the old days” when the Bears play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte. “I feel like I could do pretty much everything,” Marshall said Friday. “Before I...

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Marshall expects to be full-speed in Carolina

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall expects to be full-speed Sunday in Carolina after a bothersome ankle injury limited Marshall’s effectiveness the prior two games versus the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. Marshall had full participation in practice on Friday for the third consecutive day, raising expectations the Pro Bowl wideout will bust out of his mini-slump (three catches in two games) in Week 5 against the Panthers.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Jermon Bushrod's availability for Panthers in jeopardy

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears shuffled in multiple players along the offensive line at practice Thursday in an attempt to find the best combination up front as the club braces for the possibility left tackle Jermon Bushrod could miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Limited with a knee injury during Wednesday's workout at Halas Hall, Bushrod was unable to participate Thursday in the team's practice. According to Bears coach Marc Trestman, Bushrod suffered the injury, "accidentally at practice" on Wednesday.

Jason Wilde Blog | ESPN Milwaukee

McCarthy makes fewer trips to the training room

 Photo/  Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t checking on his injured players the way he used to. GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy says he’s no longer visiting the training room, which seems like an odd thing for an NFL head coach to stop doing considering how important a football team’s health is to its success.Nevertheless, the Packers coach said Monday that despite being on a short week and coming off Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, he had not set foot in the training room to find out about the health of the five players listed on the team’s injury...

Jason Wilde Blog | ESPN Milwaukee

Packers-Vikings Monday injury report: Matthews unscathed

 Photo/  Clay Matthews’ groin wasn’t an issue during Sunday’s victory over the Bears, but he was limited to 52 snaps. GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy wasn’t limiting Clay Matthews’ snaps Sunday because he’d be playing in another game four days later.Rather, the Green Bay Packers coach said Monday that the plan with his four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker was to keep Matthews on a snap count but allow the player to have a say in how much he played.As a result of that management, Matthews should be good to go Thursday against Minnesota – even if that wasn’t the reason for...

Jason Wilde Blog | ESPN Milwaukee

Packers-Bears Friday injury report: Matthews a go

 Photo/ Clay Matthews’ groin injury didn’t prevent him from taking part in Wednesday’s practice. GREEN BAY – Clay Matthews is good to go – which is bad for the Chicago Bears.The Green Bay Packers four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker, who left last week’s game at Detroit with a mild groin injury, pronounced himself ready to play in Sunday’s game at Soldier Field after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday and going through non-practice walkthrough work Friday. The Packers will practice on Saturday for about an hour before departing for Chicago.“Provided...

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Brandon Marshall, Jared Allen questionable

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears released their final injury report Friday heading into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with receiver Brandon Marshall (ankle) and defensive end Jared Allen (illness) listed as questionable. The club held out Marshall and Allen from Friday’s practice, and officially ruled out center Roberto Garza (ankle), left guard Matt Slauson (ankle), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadriceps) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion).

Chicago Sun-Times

Brandon Marshall out of practice because of ankle injury

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t practice again Thursday, presenting the Bears with a ‘‘significant challenge’’ while he recovers from an injury to his right ankle, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. ‘‘We’re going above and beyond to make sure he knows what he needs to do,’’ Kromer said. ‘‘There are plenty of extra meetings that he’s able to watch and see. That’s all we can hope for. ‘‘If a guy’s hurt, he’s hurt....

Chicago Sun-Times

4 downs with Mike Ditka

1. You have seen a lot of Bears teams come and go. Have you ever seen a more potent offense, especially in the Red Zone? Well, its an awfully good offense. Marc [Trestman] has done a great job. Jay is playing about as good as he’s ever played, and he’s making good decisions. They have all the tools. They have the running back. They have the wide receivers. They have a tight end. It’s a good football team. The only thing that could screw them up is injuries. 2....

Jets Blog | ESPN New York

Milliner likely out

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Jets cornerback Dee Milliner didn’t practice all week and coach Rex Ryan said Milliner was doubtful due to a lingering quad injury. Ryan said he was doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Lions at MetLife Stadium. Then Ryan added, “don’t feel really good about that one.” Milliner missed the Bears game with a quad injury after missing the first game of the season with a high ankle sprain. Milliner had four tackles in the Green Bay game, when he was in on 56 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

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Injury report: Eric Decker says he'll play

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker says he will play Sunday after practicing for the first time all week Friday. Decker’s hamstring injury kept him from completing last week’s game against the Bears, but he said this week things have improved. "Hamstring’s feeling good," Decker said. "Got out there, finally got to practice, definitely night and day from last week. Happy with the way I’ve progressed and looking forward to getting out there Sunday.

Jets Blog | ESPN New York

Practice report: Eric Decker in, Dee Milliner out

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker lined up for non-contact team drills during Friday’s practice as the Jets prepare to face the Lions at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Decker didn’t practice earlier in the week after an ongoing hamstring injury limited his play on Monday night in a loss to the Bears. David Nelson, who missed two days of practice with an unspecified illness, was also back in rotation at receiver. OL Willie Colon, RB Chris Ivory and TE Jeff Cumberland started practice working with trainers but participated in team drills.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears’ ‘D’ rising? Packers’ ‘O’ declining? We’ll see

There’s no such thing as a defining game in the NFL anymore. Injuries, parity and mediocrity — not necessarily in that order — have made the league as unpredictable and topsy-turvy as ever. Last year at this time, there were seven 3-0 teams. This year, there are three. The Bears have gone from 10th to 18th to 11th to eighth in ESPN’s power rankings. The Falcons have zigzagged from 17th to ninth to 17th to ninth. “Every week is a new week in the NFL,”...

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears’ rookies have stepped in and stepped up

Someone asked linebacker Lance Briggs on Wednesday whether he recognized rookie safety Ahmad Dixon when he joined the defensive huddle for one play Monday night. “I do know who he is,” Briggs said. “I didn’t expect to see him in the huddle with the game on the line.” At the beginning of the season, the Bears also wouldn’t have thought that rookie Brock Vereen would defend the last play against the Jets because of injuries to safeties Chris Conte and Ryan...

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Bears sign Sharpton, release Fiammetta

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Darryl Sharpton to a one-year contract on Thursday, and they terminated the contract of vested veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta with an injury settlement. Terms of Sharpton’s deal weren’t immediately disclosed. A fifth-year veteran, Sharpton played in 42 games for the Houston Texans (2010-13), posting 144 tackles, including six for lost yardage, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Jason Wilde Blog | ESPN Milwaukee

Packers-Bears Thursday injury report: Matthews says he 'will be out there'

 Photo/Associated Press via ESPN.com Clay Matthews expects to play against Chicago Sunday after taking part in practice in pads Thursday. GREEN BAY – Clay Matthews’ timing might have been a little off – another 30 seconds, and he wouldn’t have had a threesome of reporters talking ot him as they were being ushered out of the Green Bay Packers locker room Thursday afternoon – but the Packers outside linebacker’s mind was made up: He plans on playing Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.“I’ll be out there,” Matthews said with a smile after mulling his brief...

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Brandon Marshall held out of practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- With a short turnaround to prep for the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears participated in their first full practice of the week without receiver Brandon Marshall, leading to questions about his availability for Sunday’s contest. The club held out Marshall along with strongside linebacker Shea McClellin, who has already been declared out for Sunday, as well as cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), center Roberto Garza (ankle), guard Matt Slauson (ankle) and defensive end Jared Allen (illness).

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Charles Tillman undergoes triceps surgery

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman underwent surgery to repair the torn right triceps muscle that landed the two-time Pro Bowl selection on injured reserve Sept. 15. Tillman suffered the injury during the Bears’ Week 2 28-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Tillman, a 12-year NFL veteran, tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed prior to the surgery on Tuesday.   Tillman later tweeted that he expected to spend three weeks in a cast while he recovered from the procedure.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Injuries to Bears' safeties a concern

  ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright discusses the team’s injury situation.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Packers' Next Opponent: Chicago Bears

For the third straight game the Packers will be playing a team that’s either inadequate or depleted by injury in the secondary. That would be the red-hot Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bob McGinn: Chicago Bears scouting report

For the third straight game the Green Bay Packers will be playing a team that’s either inadequate or depleted by injury in the secondary. That would be the red-hot Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Jason Wilde Blog | ESPN Milwaukee

Packers-Bears Wednesday injury report: All 52, including No. 52, work

 Photo/Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com Clay Matthews’ groin injury didn’t prevent him from taking part in Wednesday’s practice. GREEN BAY – While the Green Bay Packers are still skating a man down following Andy Mulumba’s move to the injured reserve list, they had their full complement of players practicing on Wednesday.That’s right, all 52 players on the roster – including the guy who wears No. 52, outside linebacker Clay Matthews – took part in practice at least on a limited basis. Whether that means Matthews will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears is unclear,...

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Shea McClellin out for Packers

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Wednesday that strongside linebacker Shea McClellin will miss his second consecutive game Sunday when the club hosts the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Trestman called McClellin “week-to-week,” but also said the third-year linebacker won’t be working out with the team this week. McClellin broke his right hand last week during practice. In other injury news, Trestman said he’s “not optimistic, quite frankly” about the potential availability of starting center Roberto Garza (ankle) and left guard Matt Slauson...

Jets Blog | ESPN New York

Injuries: Wilkerson fine; Milliner, Decker iffy

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a bruised knee Monday night and he may miss practice Wednesday, but he's expected to be ready for the Detroit Lions. "I think Mo’s good," Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "It's not a serious knee injury. ... I think he's going to be fine." It didn't look fine with 3:14 left in the game, when Wilkerson stayed down for a couple of minutes with a leg injury. He ended up returning at the end of the game for the Chicago Bears' kneel-down plays.

Newark Star-Ledger

Eric Decker injury update: WR removed himself from Jets-Bears because hamstring 'tightened up'

He decided to play despite feeling soreness before the game. He didn't play at all in the second half.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Stock Watch: Mundy a stabilizing force

RISING 1. Ryan Mundy, S: A somewhat under-the-radar free-agent signee, Mundy is a powerful tackler, who quietly brought stability to strong safety. Mundy flashed in the opening moments of Monday night's 27-19 win in New York, intercepting Jets quarterback Geno Smith and returning the ball 45 yards for a touchdown. The safety did suffer what he called a "serious stinger" injury at MetLife Stadium, but the hope is Mundy can recover before the Bears host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Sacramento Bee

Vernon Davis no longer limping; predicts 'good week' with Eagles looming

SANTA CLARA -- A week ago, Vernon Davis needed crutches to get around. Today the 49ers tight end was moving without a limp, a sign that his injured ankle is healing rapidly and that he has a good chance of being on the field Sunday against the Eagles. Vernon Davis, who was limping at the end of last week due to an ankle injury suffered vs. the Bears in Week 2, was moving fine on Tuesday