by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/15/14) Bears defensive end Willie Young did not suit up for Thursday's preseason game because of a knee bruise, ESPN reports. Young signed with Chicago after staring 15 games with Detroit the previous season. He made his preseason debut last week and remains uncertain for Chicago's third preseason game.
X-rays come back negative for Kyle Fuller
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/15/14) Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller underwent X-rays on his injured ankle, which came back negative, according to the NFL Network. Fuller, this year's first-round pick in the draft, suffered the injury on the opening kickoff and was unable to return to the game. It remains to be seen if h'll be ready for the team's third preseason game.
Chris Conte making progress in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/8/14) Bears defensive back Chris Conte was on the field working during pre-game drills Friday, as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury.
Conte, who is on the PUP list, could be cleared to practice by the end of training camp, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is likely to open the season as a starter, if he is healthy.
Bears defense makes strides this offseason
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/12/14) The additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young following the release of Julius Peppers highlights the offseason for the Bears DST. Reloading the pass rush while drafting a pair of defensive tackles (Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton) gives the Chicago D-line a real chance to produce. They also got deeper in the secondary with first-round pick Kyle Fuller, who should primarily focus on being the nickelback.
There are still some other secondary issues and the kick-return game is weaker with Devin Hester gone, but the team is garnering interest in Fantasy and is worth a final-round pick in drafts if you want them.
Chris Conte out 4-5 months following shoulder surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/3/14) Bears free safety Chris Conte underwent shoulder surgery last month and will be sidelined four to five months, the team announced. Conte played in every game last season, recording 89 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
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There's reason to believe in a rebound for the Bears DST following their disappointing 2013 campaign. Injuries really crushed the run defense and a weak defensive backfield made the pass defense equally problematic. But the Bears made some outstanding additions this offseason, bringing in Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to punch up the pass rush. Charles Tillman re-signed following a triceps injury, Kyle Fuller was drafted to slot in at nickelback and Ryan Mundy will provide at least some depth at safety. We tend to follow the DSTs that can pick up a lot of sacks and the Bears should greatly improve on the 31 sacks they had a season ago. The departure of kick returner Devin Hester is a bummer but overall the unit has some appeal and might fall through the cracks on Draft Day. We like the Bears potential and consider them a good final-round selection, even if only to use in Weeks 1 and 3 against the Bills and Jets.