The 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers cost the Bears the NFC North (Green Bay clinched), very likely the playoffs and very possibly Lovie Smith and his staff their jobs.
Remember that crossroads in the Bears season I wrote about three weeks ago? That fork in the road after two straight losses to the Texans and 49ers?
Defensive tackle Henry Melton, who suffered a chest injury in the loss at Minnesota, did not practice again on Thursday and was excused for the unspecified personal reasons.
Why did coach Lovie Smith give the Bears a day off from a normal practice? Could be that his team wouldve had to play eight-man football for the day.
The Bears' defensive prowess has earned two players the leading spot in NFL Pro Bowl voting.
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