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“Everyone knows he has a generous heart and is not the kind of person to say no,” said Newsome, who didn’t immediately return calls Thursday. “I kind of get upset because people take advantage of him.”

Linebacker Lance Briggs said the Bears were going to focus on practice and Sunday’s home game against Seattle.

“You hate to see this happen to anyone. That’s just it. We all make mistakes,” Briggs said. “You don’t go through a football season without distractions. Distractions are expected. This is a game where we’re professionals and you have to approach it that way.

“There’s a sports side, there’s a business side and then there’s a personal side. And, when it comes to business as a professional, you have to take care of business.”


AP Sports Writer Rick Gano in Lake Forest, Ill., and AP writers Danny Robbins and Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report.