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ST. LOUIS | Everyone's still chasing Tavon Austin.
It's so easy to kick professional sports teams when they're down, and their athletes, too.
From Friday night in suburban Indianapolis to Sunday afternoon in Chicago, sports medics had their hands full last weekend — with the athletes being the least of their worries.
LAKE FOREST | If the Bears are going to make a playoff run, it will be without cornerback Charles Tillman and possibly quarterback Jay Cutler.
It's just more than three years since I last wrote about this topic, but with the circumstances of the last two weeks, it demands attention again.
CHICAGO | Marc Trestman has been labeled a savior of sorts in hopefully bringing the Bears, particularly Jay Cutler, back to the NFL forefront.
After performing just well enough to win against the Packers on Monday, the Bears' secondary tipped it the other way Sunday and underperformed just enough in the loss to the Lions.
HOUSTON | The Houston Texans' once-promising season has devolved into a disaster.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND | For the third straight year, Chicago will be a crucial part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's broadcast partnership with Fox.
Panthers defensive tackle and E.C. Central grad Kawann Short closes in on Giants quarterback Eli Manning during a Sept. 22 game.
GRIFFITH | The title shouts with the type of bravado that accompanies other sports-personality autobiographies such as "Bad As I Wanna Be", "They Call Me Assassin" and "Just Give Me the Damn Ball".
SAN DIEGO | You can pretty much bet that if John Pagano tried to call Chuck Pagano this week, the older brother didn't pick up.
There are a few great games this week, but everyone's talking about the one that is supposed to be an epic blowout.
N.Y. Giants (0-5) at Bears (3-2)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Bears. They're trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn't won a game all season.
This column was supposed to be a follow-up to last week's regarding mental health issues among collegiate athletes. However, recent events sometimes have a way of taking over one's best laid plans.
INDIANAPOLIS | Andrew Luck spent most of Sunday's game watching Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch run around.
CHICAGO | At 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, Pierre Thomas looks like a high school running back.
Sometimes it's a great thing when the week's best game happens early. And this week, it happens close to home.
Buffalo (2-2) at Cleveland (2-2)
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