Bears one of the healthiest teams in 2012

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Bears one of the healthiest teams in 2012

Notable Bears including Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery all suffered injuries this season, but as a whole, the Dallas Morning News found, the Bears were one of the healthiest teams in the league in 2012.
According to the report, the Bears lost 23 starts to various players at various positions, the fourth fewest number in the NFL. Only the 49ers (8), Seahawks (11) and Saints (20) suffered fewer injuries that led to missed games than the Bears.
The Bears placed seven players on Injured Reserve, tied for the fifth fewest number of players to suffer season-ending injuries. Of those lost to injured reserve, however, were starting kicker Robbie Gould and reserve running back Michael Bush, two important cogs in the Bears' offense.
The list, compiled by analyst Rick Gosselin, was shown to prove that even though the Cowboys suffered the third most injuries in the NFL in 2012 (71), it wasn't neccesarily an excuse for why they didn't make the playoffs.
True, six of the 10 teams that suffered the fewest injuries did make the postseason -- San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Minnesota, New England, Atlanta -- but so did the two teams bitten most by the injury bug -- Washington (75) and Green Bay (83).
Cutler's injury hurt the Bears in a road loss to San Francisco, and losing the defensive captain in Urlacher made the defense take a hit, but the Bears can't complain too much about the injury bug...relative to other teams in the league.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

6'3" | 264 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing. He lacks a track record of pass rush production to excite NFL teams as an early round pick, but his athleticism could create an opportunity for him as a 3-4 rush end if given the chance. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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