Various photos from the first couple days of training camp in Bourbonnais! 

Via the Tribune.

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Chicago Bears linebacker George Connor stiff arming a Los Angeles Rams player (1950)

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Chicago Bears linebacker George Connor stiff arming a Los Angeles Rams player (1950)

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Ex-NFL player Tommie Harris to own FXFL team:
Former NFL players Tommie Harris and Eric Bassey are the first owners of a team in the new FXFL developmental league.
The Fall Experimental Football League, which has no affiliation with the NFL, plans to play six games in October and November in six U.S. cities. Harris and Bassey will own the Austin franchise, with other teams to be located in the New York and Boston areas; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and a city in Florida yet to be determined.
Harris played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with Chicago, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Bassey spent two seasons with the Rams as a defensive back.
Bassey says Austin is the right spot for a developmental team in Texas. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

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Ex-NFL player Tommie Harris to own FXFL team:

Former NFL players Tommie Harris and Eric Bassey are the first owners of a team in the new FXFL developmental league.

The Fall Experimental Football League, which has no affiliation with the NFL, plans to play six games in October and November in six U.S. cities. Harris and Bassey will own the Austin franchise, with other teams to be located in the New York and Boston areas; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and a city in Florida yet to be determined.

Harris played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with Chicago, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Bassey spent two seasons with the Rams as a defensive back.

Bassey says Austin is the right spot for a developmental team in Texas. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Look at this beautiful city. You know what I mean? I say that (joining the Bears) wasn’t a life-or-death thing. But a lot of us go through life doing things that we don’t love. We’re doing it for the wrong reasons, and we die freaking chasing money or chasing something to pay bill or we’re not happy. But for me, every single day, I walk outside my door and I smell the city air. I look at these tall buildings. I see people wearing Bulls hats, Blackhawks hats, Bears shirts. It’s fulfilling. It’s stimulating. The love and joy that we receive on a daily basis, it sometimes is too much. So that’s what I mean when I say life-saving. It’s like a dream. It’s the perfect situation, not only doing what I love, but doing it in a place where I can say I love, that’s now home for me. I don’t think you could buy that.

Bears WR Brandon Marshall

Various photos from recent Bears OTAs.  Via the Tribune.

I was (good in my career) until really I got here. For awhile, it was a hit parade back there. It takes its toll from time to time. I think with the offensive line we’ve got here, the guys are doing everything possible. Last year was last year. Kind of two freak injuries. I don’t really foresee that happening again.

Bears QB Jay Cutler describing his injury history earlier today.

More photos from the 2nd media-accessible OTA for the Bears.  Ditka appearance!  Via the Tribune.

Photos from the Bears OTA today.  Via the Trib.

I know I have a reputation for being outspoken but I’m really not. I’m really not a rah-rah guy. I’m not afraid to call a guy to the carpet. Because I expect accountability. I think as pros we all should expect accountability from each other. But I didn’t come here to take over leadership. I didn’t come here because I thought they needed a figurehead on the defense; I came here to be a part of something. So for guys like Lance who have been here, guys like Peanut, they’re leading by example and that’s what I want to do. If I see guys messing up and I can help them, definitely. But the majority of stuff I do is talking to guys on the side. If they’ve got questions, I’m willing to answer them.

Bears DE Jared Allen