LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears exercised their fifth-year option on linebacker Leonard Floyd on Wednesday, locking him up through the 2020 season.
With division games, Bears figure to see where they stand
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are about to find out just where they stand.
The NFC North leaders are staring at three straight division games after playing four in a row against the AFC East. And they don't need to be reminded how important this upcoming stretch is.
Chicago Bears rout turnover-prone Buffalo Bills 41-9
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week.
"Ha, I might be looking for another job here soon," Mack told The Associated Press.
Sidelined by a right ankle injury, Mack had plenty of reason to joke.
Late addition of Mack adds new wrinkle to Bears-Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A blockbuster deal brought a new wrinkle to the NFL's oldest rivalry.
The Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field on Sunday night, just in time for star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to potentially make his debut in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd undergoes surgery on hand
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Despite impressive preseason numbers, the Chicago Bears will enter the regular season no more certain about their pass rush than when they opened training camp due to an injury to linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Floyd, the Bears' first-round draft pick in 2016, broken his right hand in Saturday's 24-23 preseason win at Denver.
Coach Matt Nagy on Monday said the injury would not be healed by the season opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay.
Bears lose Leonard Floyd, Adam Shaheen to injuries
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are uncertain whether outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and tight end Adam Shaheen will be available to start the regular season after suffering injuries Saturday in a 24-23 preseason win at Denver.
Floyd underwent surgery Sunday to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Floyd's hand won't be healed by the Sept. 9 season opener at Green Bay but that Floyd may play through the injury.
Bears Training Camp Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 19, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
GM Pace saves excitement for draft with Bears picking 8th
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — There were no major revelations or bold proclamations from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into the draft.
"This time of year I think it's OK to be a little boring in these moments," Pace said Tuesday.
He's saving the excitement for when the draft starts on Thursday.
Pace has shown he's not afraid to make a bold move to get the player he wants. And with the No. 8 pick, the Bears have a chance to land a difference-maker whether they stand pat or make a trade.
Chicago Bears reward another defender with 2-year deal for Acho
The Bears’ re-signing of outside linebacker Sam Acho is another case of the team rewarding one of its own defensive players, and the seven-year veteran provides help at a position that is now the team’s greatest area of need.
Chicago Bears free agency capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Kyle Fuller (transition tag), Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan and Sherrick McManis; WRs Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Kendall Wright; QB Mark Sanchez; RB Benny Cunningham; TE Zach Miller; G Josh Sitton; DE Mitch Unrein; LBs Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston and Christian Jones.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A week ago, the Bears had a serious need to add juice to the pass rush because backups Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho are soon-to-be free agents and their top remaining edge rusher, Leonard Floyd, has missed 10 games in his first two seasons.
In light of more-recent developments, that need has become critical.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio returning to Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.
Fangio re-signed Friday and will continue to lead a defense he helped transform the past three seasons. He was the first candidate to interview for the Bears' coaching job after John Fox was fired, but general manager Ryan Pace ultimately decided to go with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
Bears interview Fangio for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they have interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head coaching job.
The interview on Wednesday was the first for the Bears since they fired John Fox two days earlier.
Bears place Leonard Floyd on injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was placed on injured reserve Thursday by the Chicago Bears, ending his season because of a knee injury.
Floyd suffered a right knee injury Sunday in a 27-24 loss at Soldier Field to the Detroit Lions. He was attempting to make a tackle on a running play and collided with teammate Kyle Fuller.
Bears try to limit mistakes after losing Trubisky’s debut
CHICAGO (AP) — Even after a switch in quarterbacks to Mitchell Trubisky, the Chicago Bears continued to lose.
Now 1-4, the Bears also continue to lose players while committing the same mistakes on the field.
Linebacker Willie Young went on injured reserve Tuesday with a triceps injury after missing Monday's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears must start street fight, not track meet, to upset Falcons
CHICAGO — Can the Chicago Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field?
What were the odds on Kansas City knocking off the Patriots Thursday night in Foxboro?
The problems for the Bears, of course, are that Mike Glennon doesn’t appear to be Alex Smith and Chicago has no receivers likely to imitate Tyreek Hill.
On the other hand, the Chiefs have no one to match Jordan Howard, and I’m not positive Tarik Cohen won’t have a few Kareem Hunt moments before the season is over.
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Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
New faces: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps.
Key losses: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, CB Tracy Porter.
Bears receiver Cameron Meredith carted off with injured knee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chicago wide receiver Cameron Meredith has been carted off the field after hurting his left knee late in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans.
Meredith made a 16-yard catch Sunday when he was hit by Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Johnathan Cyprien. Meredith's left foot appeared to catch in the grass when hit in the leg by Cyprien, and the receiver immediately went down.
Chicago Bears see vast improvement, potential in OLB Leonard Floyd
BOURBONNAIS — On one of the coldest days in the history of Bears camp at Olivet Nazarene University, with blustering winds and no sign of sun, the offense provided most of the warmth.
Mitch Trubisky fit a short laser through a tight window to Tanner Gentry for a touchdown and effortlessly flung a second would-be touchdown at least 40 yards in the air into a bucket and through the outstretched arms of Deonte Thompson.
Arkush: Reasons for optimism abound in new-look Chicago Bears secondary
BOURBONNAIS — There is more than a little buzz around the Chicago Bears defense this summer, and the possibility it might just take a significant step forward.
The front seven is re-stocked and locked with Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Jaye Howard up front and Leonard Floyd, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and Nick Kwiatkoski all hoping to make a difference at the second level.
If Pernell McPhee makes it back, so much the better.
Hub Arkush: Leonard Floyd, potential key to Bears’ 2017 ‘D,’ opens up on concussions that marred rookie season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — One year ago the Chicago Bears traded the 11th overall pick in the NFL College Draft and a fourth-round pick to move up to number nine to draft Leonard Floyd — and almost no one though twice about it.
But when the Bears traded the third overall pick in the ‘17 Draft, plus two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick to move up one spot to draft Mitch Trubisky second, alarm bells went off around the National Football League.
PFW Podcast 43: Reviewing the Bears and Browns offseasons
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The PFW podcast is back, and host Arthur Arkush is starting his NFL city tour with Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot breaking down the Browns and Pro Football Weekly's Kevin Fishbain analyzing the Bears.
Bears LB McPhee to miss finale because of shoulder injury
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago linebacker Pernell McPhee will miss the Bears' season-finale Sunday at Minnesota because of a shoulder injury.
McPhee, who has four sacks in nine games, sat out practices all week and did not travel with the team on Saturday. He missed the first six games following offseason knee surgery.
Linebacker Leonard Floyd is doubtful because of a concussion, and Willie Young is questionable because of a knee injury.
Bears’ Floyd doubtful for finale at Vikings with concussion
CHICAGO (AP) — Linebacker Leonard Floyd will likely miss the Chicago Bears' season finale at Minnesota on Sunday because of a concussion.
Floyd was listed as doubtful after sitting out practice all week. He was injured in Saturday's loss to Washington.
The No. 9 overall draft pick, Floyd is tied for second among NFL rookies with seven sacks.
Bears lose LB Floyd to another concussion
CHICAGO (AP) — Leonard Floyd has provided flashes of hope throughout another lost year for the Chicago Bears, showing signs of becoming an effective edge rusher.
There's now reason for concern as the season winds down.
Floyd was sidelined by a concussion for the second time in a month in the first half of Chicago's 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday. That is prompting questions about potential long-term health issues for the rookie linebacker.
Lions QB Stafford throws with glove over injured finger
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a different look at practice Wednesday.
He wore a glove on his right throwing hand that covered only his injured middle finger. He seemed to throw accurately with a decent degree of velocity to teammates during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.
The New York Giants , however, will provide a much tougher test for Stafford's ability to pass effectively with a banged-up finger outdoors and on the road.
Bears gain confidence from rare win with young lineup
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Even if the Chicago Bears' future at quarterback is murky, their vision of the future at numerous other spots looks more clear.
A nonfactor in the NFC North race, the Bears continue giving effort normally associated with teams in a playoff chase. Sunday's 26-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers provided them with hope about their long-range future.
Chicago Bears lose another and the injuries keep mounting
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jay Cutler described the Bears' injury epidemic as "crazy".
It got worse Sunday.
Chicago lost 22-16 to the New York Giants, falling to 2-8 in what has become a war of attrition as player after player heads to the sideline. The biggest concern centered on rookie linebacker Leonard Floyd, removed on a stretcher in the fourth quarter with a neck injury.
Floyd, the Bears first round draft pick from Georgia, gave a thumbs-up to teammates surrounding him as he left the field.
Bears’ anemic offense takes another hit at quarterback
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Chicago Bears' anemic offense took another hit on Thursday night.
The Bears are down to third-stringer Matt Barkley at quarterback after Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the second quarter of a 26-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
"Well, when you lose your starting quarterback it can be disruptive. It's not an excuse, it's just a reality," coach John Fox said.
Chicago Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (6-10)
New faces: DL Akiem Hicks, ILB Danny Trevathan, ILB Jerrell Freeman, RT Bobby Massie, QB Brian Hoyer, OLB Leonard Floyd, G Cody Whitehair, OL Ted Larsen.
Key losses: RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett, S Antrel Rolle, G Matt Slauson, LT Jermon Bushrod, offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Bears to get first look at rookie LB Leonard Floyd in opener
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Leonard Floyd figures he will take a moment to scan the stadium, soak it all in. Then it will be time to show what he can do.
The Chicago Bears are counting on big things from the outside linebacker after drafting him with the ninth overall pick. That starts with the preseason opener against the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
"I try to do a circle and look at all the fans and stuff," Floyd said. "And I get locked in...