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RICK TELANDER: It was exhausting listening to Brandon Marshall. It was as if he were on speed and couldn’t stop. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:34:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Roger Goodell gives us too little, too late ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Too late. Too late for all the women who have been abused and sexually assaulted by NFL players. Too late for all the abusive players who could have been helped before they started throwing punches. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:20:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marshall says domestic violence a problem in all of society, not just NFL ]]> Lead story image

At an emotional and sometimes bizarre news conference Thursday, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall bared his soul, then defended himself. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:02:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brandon Marshall featured on NFL Network’s ‘Football Life’ ]]> Lead story image

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall’s life will be back on screen Friday night when the NFL Network airs “Brandon Marshall: A Football Life” at 8 p.m. But don’t expect an in-depth rehash of his ­chaotic and well-documented past, which he ­detailed Thursday at Halas Hall. The piece on Marshall focuses on him as an advocate for mental-health issues, what’s ahead for him (it includes a surprise personal ending for he and his wife) and his hot-and-cold relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler over the years. “Other people have documented the other things,” veteran NFL Films producer Shannon Furman said. “We told him … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:58:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Isaiah Frey’s move back to nickel is ‘second nature’ ]]> Lead story image

In other Bears news … With Charles Tillman’s season-ending triceps injury, Isaiah Frey is ready to move seamlessly into the nickel back role he played last season when the Bears play the Jets on Monday night at the Meadowlands. “It’s second-nature right now,” Frey said. “I got so many reps last year I don’t think it’s every going to leave my head — even if I go somewhere else. It felt good coming in and getting back out there. It felt normal.” It’s been a long journey back for Frey, the Bears’ sixth-round draft pick in 2012, he started at … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:02:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Santonio Holmes makes a point to tune out his former team ]]> Lead story image

Santonio Holmes hasn’t gotten a single text message from his former Jets teammates this week, and doesn’t plan on shaking hands when them before the Bears’ game in New York on Monday night. “My focus is on the Chicago Bears, making plays and win ballgames,” he said. “Not on any other team.” Coach Rex Ryan said he was sad to see the receiver go after four seasons, calling accusations of Holmes being a distraction “a joke.” “He was outstanding,” Ryan said. “I really enjoyed him. When this guy’s healthy, he can be a game-changer. The first year that we had … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:09:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rookie DTs Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton making early impact ]]> Lead story image

The moment belonged to rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. His first career interception turned the tide against the San Francisco 49ers. And there to help block during his first interception return were fellow rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton. During and before that play, the trenches belonged to the two young defensive tackles. “They were in the game when the game was at stake,” coach Marc Trestman said. “Will was, Ego was. They played well for the time they were in there.” The season is only two games old, but the Bears’ 2014 draft class already is making an impact. Fuller … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:10:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charles Tillman’s injury could mean the end of his Bears’ career — again ]]> Lead story image

He sounded much the same as he did last year, the last time a ruptured right triceps knocked him out for the season — encouraged by his own play but unsure about his future with the Bears. Just three days after his season ended in San Francisco, cornerback Charles Tillman wasn’t ready to make declarations about whether he’d ever wear the team’s navy jersey again. “That’s not up to me,” he said. “But you will see me on the sidelines [this season]. I just won’t be in uniform … “I’ll be in the sweats uniform. My cheerleading uniform, that’s the … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:28:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery should have big games vs. bad Jets secondary ]]> Lead story image

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was noticeably curt and vague when asked how Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was able to torch his defense for 209 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions in a 31-24 loss last week at Lambeau Field. “He made some plays,” Ryan said. “They were jump balls, one-on-one balls and he came down with ’em. That was it.” If it was as simple as that, the Jets (1-1) might be in for an even greater challenge against the Bears (1-1) on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. When it comes to corralling one-on-one jump balls, … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:26:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears O-line has eyes on Jets DT Sheldon Richardson ]]> Lead story image

The greatest challenge for the offensive line in Week 2 was a monster defensive tackle from Missouri. The same is true in Week 3, though the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson is 11 years younger than the 49ers’ Justin Smith, who has played in five Pro Bowls. “Sheldon is so versatile in the same light as Justin is,” right guard Kyle Long said. “He’s got those young legs, man. He’s flying around. It’s been the same since he was at Missouri — just one of those forces that’s a wrecking ball. You’ve got to use your technique and do everything you can … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:27:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brandon Marshall’s past revisited as Gloria Allred blasts NFL ]]> Lead story image

With domestic-abuse cases in the media spotlight, a high-profile civil-rights lawyer called a news conference Wednesday in Atlanta to blast the NFL’s handling of the years-old allegations against Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. It prompted a statement from general manager Phil Emery in defense of Marshall. Attorney Gloria Allred claimed the league and commissioner Roger Goodell did not properly investigate Marshall’s incidents with ex-girlfriend Rasheedah Watley, which led to arrests in 2007 and 2008 when he was with the Denver Broncos. Allred said “this isn’t a case” against Marshall and the NFL, but “our focus is on the [investigative] process” … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:16:41 -0500