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Bears will open preseason schedule vs. Peyton Manning, Broncos

The Bears open their preseasschedule against PeytManning Denver Broncos. | AP

The Bears open their preseason schedule against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. | AP

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Updated: April 4, 2012 4:58PM

The NFL exhibition season generally is a pretty worthless exercise, especially for those playing full-price to watch it—or not watch, it as the case may be. But the Bears’ preseason won’t be lacking for interesting story lines —with Peyton Manning’s debut at quarterback with the Denver Broncos topping the list.

With games against the Broncos (Aug. 9-12), and Washington Redskins (Aug. 16-19) at Soldier Field and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants (Aug. 24) and Cleveland Browns (Aug. 30) on the road, the Bears could face Peyton Manning, Caleb Hanie, Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman and Eli Manning in the preseason.

Manning, released by the Indianapolis Colts, signed with the Broncos as a free agent. Hanie, who played for the Bears the past four seasons, also signed with the Broncos as a free agent.

Griffin, the former Baylor star quarterback, is expected to be selected by the Redskins with the No. 2 pick of the NFL draft.

The Bears preseason contests versus the Broncos, Redskins and Browns will be produced and broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network in high definition. Each game will be shown live on WFLD-TV in Chicago. All four exhibition games will be broadcast on WBBM-AM (780) and WBBM-FM (105.9), with Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer in the booth and Zach Zaidman reporting from the sidelines.

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