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— The rotation on the right side of the line the Chicago Bears originally claimed as part of their plan appears to be becoming more permanent, with rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills set to start at right guard and right tackle, respectively, for the second straight game Friday at Oakland. The first- and fifth-round picks, respectively, manned the right side at guard and tackle on the first-team offense Thursday when the club defeated the San Diego Chargers 33-28, and the pair garnered positive reviews. “The right side of the line, we’ll keep it the same this week,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “There was enough good things that happened that we feel that we want to give them another opportunity to go out and play a little bit more against the first group and see what they can do.” Given the importance of the third preseason game, which is widely considered somewhat of a dress rehearsal when the starters receive extensive playing time, it’s likely the plan for the team now is to go forward into the regular season with Long and Mills as the No. 1s at their respective positions. Long and Mills have participated in 86 snaps apiece so far this preseason, with the duo combining to allow only one quarterback hit and three hurries. One telling moment for the rookies came near the end of the first quarter against the Chargers. Holding possession at the San Diego 11 with 1:32 left in the first quarter, Matt Forte ran the ball three times in a row to the right side behind Mills and Long.
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(Chicago Police Dept. / August 18, 2013) Related By Rosemary Regina Sobol Tribune reporter 1:50 p.m. CDT, August 19, 2013 David Terrell, a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, is accused of hitting two police officers as he was being arrested on drug charges Friday on the South Side, authorities said. Police say the officers were responding to a call of people smoking marijuana around 1:30 p.m. Friday when they found Terrell and two others in an apartment in the 3900 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood. “In plain view were multiple items including cannabis and equipment to package it and other such narcotics. That included heat-sealing machines and baggies typically used to package, sell and use narcotics,” said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. “As officers were conducting an interview, Terrell struck an officer’s hand by reaching over the top of the door and hitting the officer, injuring him,” Mirabelli said. Terrell is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, according to court records.
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Wildlife officials are running tests on a bear they killed to see if it’s the same one that mauled Abby Wetherell on Thursday evening. The girl from Cadillac, Michigan, was out on her nightly jog when she was ambushed by a black bear. “I was thinking, ‘This is it, I am a goner,'” Abby told ABC News. Abby Wetherell, 12, says she finally got the bear that attacked her to go away by playing dead. She tried running from the bear but it caught her, dropped her to the ground, and scraped and clawed at her, she said. So she tried petting it, but “that did not work, so then it just got me again.” Then she played dead — and the bear walked away. The bear “came out of nowhere,” her mother, Elizabeth Wetherell, told CNN affiliate WXMI . She was injured severely, her mother said. Girl attacked by bear: I tried to pet it Bear found napping in Florida home Watch what this bear steals from diner Boozing bear wanders into a bar Authorities also reported attacks in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.
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The Bears are aided by one of the best two-headed running back tandems in the NFL in Forte and Michael Bush, and they can wear teams down with that running game all season long. Defensively, the first-team unit picked up right where it left off in Carolina the week before. Both Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton, battling to start opposite Julius Peppers at DE, registered a sack. They forced four fumbles, recovered three of them, and Chris Conte recorded an interception of Chargers starting QB Philip Rivers. The unit was quick to the ball and reacted well all night in another stout performance for a group that doesn’t look to be missing Brian Urlacher all that much. All of this, mind you, without DE Julius Peppers, who hasn’t played in the first two preseason games for precautionary reasons. He should be back for this week’s tilt against the Oakland Raiders .
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With a tight cap, the Bears likely needed the relief with cornerback Kelvin Hayden going on injured reserve and defensive end Turk McBride receiving an injury settlement. The move frees up cap space for the Bears immediately and slots Webb at a more appropriate pay level if he is a backup this season now that he has been relegated to the second team. Webb had to agree to take a pay cut. It is possible the Bears advised him he would be released if he did not. Hes still not a lock for the roster. The Bears appear likely to use fifth-round draft pick Jordan Mills as the starting right tackle, which would leave Webb in a battle with Jonathan Scott for the swing tackle position. Scott has practiced only once since July 31 because of pain in his right knee, but he had it drained a week ago and the hope is he will be back on the field this week. If Scott is healthy, he could push Webb out the door, making the salary reduction a moot point. Scott started five games at right tackle last season and is a respected veteran.
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Here are teams that have tried it: Team Players (draft status) Games played 1990 Dolphins LT Richmond Webb (1-19) Games 1-16 LG Keith Sims (2-39) Games 1-4, 8-16 Record: 12-4, lost divisional playoff game at Buffalo 1995 Panthers LT Blake Brockermeyer (1-29) Games 1-16 LG Andrew Peterson (5-171)/Frank Garcia (4-132) Games 1-16 Record: 7-9 DITKA: On Jay Cutler, Gale Sayers and Jon Bostic Updated: August 19, 2013 2:13PM Starting two rookies on the same side of an offensive line is so fraught with risk, even bad NFL teams rarely do it and hardly ever by design. Yet, after an impressive performance by guard Kyle Long and tackle Jordan Mills against the San Diego Chargers last week, the Bears are on target to start both on the right side in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 8. Is that even possible? Can a team contend for the playoffs with an all-rookie tackle/guard combination? Long looks like the real thing, but he still started just four games at Oregon last season. Mills is a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech. It doesnt happen often.
Anderson, the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft by Atlanta, had joined the Bears just prior to the start of training camp. The six-year pro spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals but played in just two games before tearing his quadriceps and landing on injured reserve. Palmer, the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer, owns five years of NFL experience but has only appeared in four regular-season games — all with the Bengals — over that time. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions in those contests. The 29-year-old journeyman was on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ active roster for part of last season. Chicago also signed defensive tackle Eric Foster, an 11-game starter as a rookie with Indianapolis in 2008 who was out of the NFL last season. The Rutgers product compiled 117 tackles and six sacks over 49 games (11 starts) in four seasons with the Colts. To make room on the preseason roster, the Bears waived undrafted rookie linebacker Andrew Starks.
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“There were enough good things that happened (against San Diego) that we feel like we want to give them another opportunity to go out and play a little bit more against the first group and see what they can do.” Jay Cutler was sacked twice on the team’s first series against the Chargers, but neither sack came from players lined up against the rookies. “They were athletic, they were physical,” Trestman said of Long and Mills. “Jordan got to play against (Dwight) Freeney for a couple snaps and learned a lot in those couple snaps. “Just overall, there was an upside in assignments, physicality and athleticism. We’re not ready to pass judgment yet, overall.
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Slauson is an underrated player and he did not allow a sack in 2012 while starting all 16 contests. Thirteen-year NFL pro Roberto Garza will anchor the line at center while rookie first round pick Kyle Long figures to step in at right guard with either J’Marcus Webb or fellow rookie Jordan Mills handing right tackle. Garza is a smart guy with declining physical skills, while Long is athletic but very raw and may not be ready by Week 1. Webb is trying to hold off ex- Jags tackle Eben Britton and Mills after starting at left tackle for all 32 games in 2011 and 2012. “We’re very confident in the five guys that we have right now,” Cutler said of his offensive line. “I think (Aaron Kromer) is doing a heck of a job with those guys.
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The police report states that Terrell struck the hand of one officer after which he was taken into custody, along with two other men. A different police officer was treated at a local hospital after Terrell attempted to resist arrest, the report said. The report also indicates an oddity: Terrells NFL bio lists his birthday as March 13, 1979, but the police report notes it as April 13, 1978. Its not clear if that was a police error or if Terrell falsified his birth date. Weird. This is not the first run-in with the law for the eighth overall pick of the 2001 draft. Terrell previously was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in 2012 after he allegedly grabbed his ex-girlfriend in his apartment.