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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Charles Tillman
The Chicago Bears expect quarterback Jay Cutler to miss at least four weeks with a groin injury and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be sidelined around six weeks with a shoulder injury.
The Chicago Bears were already losing games. Now they're going to be without their most important players on both sides of the ball.
Coach Marc Trestman announced the news Monday, a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his shoulder.
Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the remainder of the season because of a chest injury.
Marc Trestman didn't hide it.
The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for use of performance enhancing substances, making him eligible for the NFL playoffs.
The Chicago Bears got Jay Cutler back from a concussion, only to lose three more stars to injuries.
There weren't many style points in this one. J.J. Watt wasn't interested in them, anyway.
It's been a terrific half-season for Matt Ryan, Marshawn Lynch, J.J. Watt and Charles Tillman.
Banged-up Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson said his knee is feeling better than it did this time last week.
In what is turning into a memorable year for rookies, Andrew Luck and Doug Martin took the excellence to a record level.
Jay Cutler's been seeing this all season, a rerun on an endless loop, and he's not ready to change the channel.
Brandon Marshall insisted it's a new day. The way he connected with Jay Cutler, it sure seemed like old times.
Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract, settling the biggest issue hanging over the team.
"We owe it to our fans, we owe it to our viewers, to give them a little more effort than we did last year," Tillman said.
He said players need to balance playing hard with avoiding injury, to give fans the game they deserve without hurting their teams going into next year.