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LAKE FOREST, Ill. Tony Esposito Jersey . - The Chicago Bears did not rule out Lance Briggs this week. They also didnt say whether the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker will play against the Dolphins.Briggs, who sat out in Atlanta because of a rib injury, did not practice Wednesday, and coach Marc Trestman doesnt expect him to Thursday, either. When asked whether Briggs will take the field Sunday, Trestman said, Well see, noting theres no indication Briggs ribs are broken.The Bears (3-3) knocked off the Falcons last week 27-13, the most balanced win of the season. Now, theyre looking for their first home win.Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards Sunday in the second-biggest passing game of his career, and the defence came through with one of its best performances in two seasons under co-ordinator Mel Tucker.The defensive line got a boost with tackle Jeremiah Ratliff returning after missing three games because of a concussion. And the linebackers showed some speed and burst, and Atlanta managed just 12 first downs and 287 yards.It was even more impressive considering how decimated that group was. The Bears were forced to go with Khaseem Greene, Darryl Sharpton and Christian Jones with Briggs, D.J. Williams (neck), Jonathan Bostic (back) and Shea McClellin (hand) sidelined.They might have some more options at linebacker this week — if not some decisions to make — although Tucker indicated the starters will return to the lineup once theyre ready.We got a one-game evaluation on these guys. They stepped in and we feel good about what they did, Tucker said. So when guys are healthy and ready to go, I anticipate those guys getting back in there and filling those roles again.McClellin appears close to returning after missing four games. He went through a full practice on Wednesday. Bostic was limited, and Williams did not participate.Getting those (starter) guys back would be great, defensive end Jared Allen said. Only the doctors know when thats going to happen. Weve got to continue to prepare as if theyre not going to be there. These guys showed that they could step up to the task so we expect them to do it again.Sharpton seemed comfortable making the calls at middle linebacker against the Falcons and was credited with 10 tackles — not bad considering he signed with Chicago three weeks ago after being released by the Washington Redskins.Hes making a good impression in Chicago, and has a history with linebackers coach Reggie Herring. They were together in Houston, where Sharpton played from 2010-13.Were going to need everybody as we move forward, Trestman said. There are not only players that are playing linebacker positions, theyre playing on special teams and doing other things. The more players we have available, the better off were going to be in the total picture.NOTES: S Chris Conte (shoulder) and RT Jordan Mills (left foot) sat out practice on Wednesday, as did RB Matt Forte and DT Stephen Paea for reasons that were not injury-related. LT Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle), who has missed the past two games, was limited along with S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring) and CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep/knee).__Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ;Connor Murphy Jersey . While he was away, it was the division-rival Baltimore Orioles conducting a little business of their own, scooping up Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday evening to a reported four-year, $50-million contract. Brandon Saad Jersey . Both of Padakins goals came in the second period while Zane Jones added a single in the first period for Calgary (13-6-4). Hitmen goaltender Chris Driedger finished with 30 saves for the shutout.PHOENIX - This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.Its a story about the media covering other media pretending to cover players and coaches for the Patriots and Seahawks, who, in turn, will pretend to shed light on the issues of the day while also taking videos with their iPhones, clowning with credentialed reporters dressed up as superheroes and dodging the occasional wedding proposal. (See, Tom Brady, 2008.)Tickets for Tuesdays annual Super Bowl Media Day extravaganza are available for $28.50 — really — and have been since 2012.All of which leads to a few journalistically significant questions: Namely, if the players and coaches dont really want to do it — yes, thats you, Bill Belichick and Marshawn Lynch — and if were almost certain they wont say anything newsworthy beyond a few takes that might generate a was-it-or-wasnt-it-trash-talk debate, then why does the NFL insist they talk? On Media Day or any other day?Its not so much that anyones really expecting any great insight, said Bob Thompson, the pop culture guru at Syracuse University. Its not that were expecting the athletes to deconstruct what happened in ways that will open new venues of thought for us. But theres still that desire to see them respond, to see them with the helmet off and see them doing something that looks off the cuff. I think everybody, even the most cynical people, would miss it if it went away entirely.The history of Media Day, and mandatory player availability, actually has deep roots and has played a key role in making the NFL Americas most popular sport and the Super Bowl its most-watched TV program.The first news-making quote of Super Bowl week came in 1969 when Joe Namath guaranteed his New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts, even though the Jets were from the upstart AFL and were 18-point underdogs.He first uttered the famous words at a Miami Touchdown Club banquet, three days before the game, then expanded on them while lounging by the pool at the Galt Ocean Mile Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Neither rendition was widely reported.Only after New Yorks 16-7 win did the quote become legendary.As the years passed, the NFL realized it would be better to move all these interviews — all these chances to make history — to a more official setting: And so, a media day on the Tuesday before the game was created.By the mid-80s, media day became MEDIA DAY. These days, there are upward of 2,000 reporters, cameramen, brides and sock puppets credentialed for the interview-fest — one hour for each team, counted down on the big scoreboard above, just like the game.It is, at best, entertainment disguised as journalism, though not all of it is worthless or totally unmemorable. Ray Buchanan wore a silver-spiked dog collar. Chris Culliveer got into hot water when he dissed gay people. Artemi Panarin Jersey. And there was, of course, the question asked of Doug Williams: How long have you been a black quarterback? though the question wasnt asked precisely that way.Underneath all this fun and games, the NFL has spent decades honing a strict interview policy designed to keep the mikes in front of these players, virtually all season long.Even when they dont want the attention.Exhibit A is Lynch, the Seahawks running back, who has been fined $100,000 over the last two years for not making himself available for interviews. When he has made himself available, the sessions have turned into farce, with Lynch answering every question with some version of , Thanks for asking, while the reporters come up with new, weird ways to bait a man they know will not respond.Earlier this month, a Seahawks fan petitioned the NFL to leave Lynch alone, saying the league should do something to stop the media bullying.Theres a great deal spoken in his silence, too, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained.Whether Lynch shows up for Media Day — hed be risking an almost certainly unprecedented fine — and what he says figures to pass for some of the biggest news of Media Day. And if he says anything at all of interest, it could, at least for the news cycle, bump Deflategate off the top of the ticker.Speaking of which, Belichick called an impromptu news conference Saturday to address their role in the deflated-balls controversy once and for all. Essentially, he claimed, the Patriots knew nothing about it.Its the last time I plan to talk about it, he said.Brian Billick, who coached the champion Ravens in 2000, played the same sort of game the Monday before the Super Bowl, reaming the media for its refusal to let go of murder charges against Ray Lewis that were dismissed.As much as you want to do this, we are not going to retry this. Its inappropriate, and youre not qualified, Billick said.It was one of the very few times a coach used any of his five hours behind the microphone during Super Bowl week to say anything unexpected or interesting.A calculated move, he called it. I wanted everyone to come after my ass, he said this week, reflecting on the moment.As I always said, Ill fill up your notebook, Ill give you the 30-second sound bite, Billick said. But Im not obligated to tell you anything.But Belichick is no Billick.The Patriots coach almost seems to delight in being unforthcoming, cantankerous and un-entertaining. Its a sure thing hell spend his hour at Media Day with zero intention of saying anything about anything anyone might want to know about, particularly Deflategate.It doesnt mean the media wont try. Perhaps through a marriage proposal.It is, after all, Media Day.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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