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The Chicago Bears will reportedly be without linebacker Danny Trevathan for only one game.On Tuesday, Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network reported Trevathan’s suspension was reduced from two games to one. Trevathan was punished for his head-to-head hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during Chicago’s 35-14 loss last Thursday.  

NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora tweeted news of the two-game suspension when it was initially handed out.

According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, Trevathan missed Tuesday’s practice because he was going through the appeals process. Appeals officer and former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks reduced the suspension, which will cost Trevathan $117,647 of his 2017 salary while he misses Monday’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings.

“I was just trying to make a play,” Trevathan said, per Kane. “It wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job. Unfortunately, he wound up hurt. I’m sorry about that.”

The hit came on a 3rd-and-goal for the Packers, and Adams was going to fall well short of the end zone thanks to other Bears defenders when Trevathan unleashed his hit. Adams was taken off on a stretcher, and the Packers announced he was taken to the hospital for testing.

Trevathan was not ejected from the game, but he was penalized.

He played just nine games for the Bears last year and has 29 tackles through the first four contests this season. Chicago is already without the injured Jerrell Freeman at linebacker, and having a shorthanded defense against the Vikings will put even more pressure on rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the Bears confirmed he will make his first career start.

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The Chicago Bears have made a quarterback change and have decided to go with rookie Mitchell Trubisky starting with next Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano.The quarterback change comes after Mike Glennon turned over the ball four times (three in the first half) in Chicago’s ugly 35-14 loss last Thursday night at Green Bay.

The Bears traded up to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft to select Trubisky, who impressed in the preseason passing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 106.2 passer rating.

Trubisky will become the third quarterback selected in the 2017 draft to start this season, joining the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns’ DeShone Kizer.

Watson (selected 12th overall) has thrived since becoming the Texans’ starting quarterback, nearly orchestrating an upset of the New England Patriots in Week 3 and tying an NFL rookie record with five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in Houston’s 57-14 Week 4 rout of the Tennessee Titans. Kizer (picked in the second round, No. 52 overall) has struggled, throwing an NFL-worst eight interceptions as the Browns have started 0-4.

Trubisky won Chicago’s primary backup job in Week 1, beating out veteran Mark Sanchez, who has been inactive the first four weeks. But there have been questions about Trubisky’s readiness to start at quarterback in the NFL after starting just 13 games at the University of North Carolina.

The Bears signed Glennon in free agency, paying a hefty price — he will earn $16 million guaranteed in 2017.
Glennon also struggled in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, turning the ball over three times (all in the first half) in Chicago’s 29-7 loss.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Glennon is the only Bears player in the past 40 seasons to have three turnovers in a half twice within the first four games of a season.

The Bears have lost three of four games with Glennon at quarterback.

It’s getting hard to tell at this point. The Chicago Bears passing attack didn’t even take a back seat on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers

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They climbed out of the car and clung to the rear bumper. Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and the Bears defense did the heavy lifting all game long with what was an old-fashioned smashmouth football kind of victory. They ran it constantly, played sound defense and wore the Steelers out late in the game for a hard-fought overtime victory. The biggest contribution made by the passing game was a wide open short goal line TD pass brought about by play action.
The sum total of contributions from the Bears receiving corps? One catch for nine yards. In four quarters and an overtime, the wide receivers of an NFL team can one pass. In 2017. That goes beyond bad straight to remarkable. It’s getting difficult to tell at this point where the problem lay. Is the talent of this group really that bad or is Mike Glennon that incapable of getting them the football?
Mike Glennon accuracy and vision issues make WR situation much worse:

As always it’s a mix of both, though Glennon deserves a fair majority of the criticism. Again and again, the veteran quarterback demonstrates why he was relegated to backup duties in Tampa Bay. His vision of the field consistently comes across as way too narrow. He locks onto his first read and will try to force the ball rather than move through his progressions. That isn’t helped by the additional issues of a slow throwing motion and inability to place the ball with consistent accuracy.

The play shown above is a perfect example. Not only did his slow processing of the play result in a poor throw that should’ve been intercepted. Had he used his eyes he would’ve seen Markus Wheaton pop open which one can see at the end of the video. This isn’t the only example of Glennon forcing a ball into tight windows while not seeing a guy who was wide open. It’s been ongoing since the preseason.
Perhaps the time is coming where the coaches must ask the question. Is it possible Mitch Trubisky can get more out of this receiving group?

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A gunman slaughtered seven people at a Texas football watch party Sunday night – before police responded and killed the alleged shooter.Two other people were wounded when the unidentified gunman opened fire inside the party at a single-family home off Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, less than 20 minutes from Dallas, around 8 p.m., FOX4 reported. Witnesses said the group was watching the Dallas Cowboys season opener against the New York Giants.

“It sounded like an argument between a woman and a man and it got really loud…next thing you know all you heard was multiple rounds just going off,” Crystal Sugg, who works nearby, told FOX4.

Sugg said she heard a loud argument for about 20 minutes – and then gunshots.

“I heard guns and a lot of screaming,” she said. “All I heard was, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.'”

The victims were not immediately identified. All of those killed and injured were believed to be adults

Other witnesses reported hearing about 30 or more gunshots.

“My neighbor had already heard the first couple of shots, and we came outside and next thing you know, all you heard was like, ‘pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,'” Steven Featherland said.

Tilley said police initially responded to a report of shots fired. When the first officer arrived and went inside the home, the officer confronted the suspected shooter.

“After he heard the gunshots, he made entry and that’s when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect,” police spokesman David Tilley said The Dallas Morning News.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Tilley said a shooting of this magnitude was unusual for Plano, especially in such a quiet neighborhood. He could not say whether police had been called to the home before Sunday.

“I’ve been here all my life,” Tilley said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

Sugg added: “I’m in shock. It is always quiet around here.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Chicago Bears wide receiver corps took another major hit this weekend with Kevin White suffering a season ending injury.
Kevin White’s career with the Chicago Bears might have come to an abrupt end this weekend with yet another season ending injury. It’s suspected that White suffered a broken collar bone which will cost him the rest of the season.

He has only played in 5 regular season games for the Bears in three years. The injuries have also appeared to have sapped some of his speed and overall confidence. It’s officially time for the Chicago Bears to move on from White.
This is a team that just drafted their quarterback of the future in Mitch Trubisky. They need to surround him with enough weapons to ensure he succeeds. White inability to stay on the field eliminates him from that category.
During this past offseason, the Bears decided against signing Alshon Jeffery to a big money deal. They instead chose to put their faith in Cameron Meredith and White. Both of those players are now dealing with long term injuries.
However, it’s hard to fault the Bears for allowing Jeffery to walk. He was someone who’s availability was limited because of injuries.
Next year’s free agent class could feature wide receivers such as Julian Edelman, Jarvis Landry and Terrelle Pryor. Each of them have talent, but none should be considered No. 1 options. Chicago’s best bet is to use the draft to replace White.
The 2018 NFL Draft features several intriguing receiver prospects. Alabama’s Calvin Ridley sits at the top of that list. He’s a smooth athlete who can stretch the field and run clean routes.
A few other names to watch include Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk, Clemson’s Deon Cain, Oklahoma State’s James Washington and Florida State’s Auden Tate. It would make sense for the Bears to grab a young stud to develop alongside Trubisky.
Unfortunately, the Bears have little to no options to find some immediate help for this season. They have to roll with the players currently on their roster. That group was uninspiring this past weekend and doesn’t figure to get much better.