Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long took it too far and knew it. Long had already apologized to teammates for a practice fight last Wednesday night at Halas Hall in which he removed the helmet of rookie Jalen Dalton and began using it as a hammer. On Tuesday, he also apologized to Bears fans and media members.

The Chicago Bears' offseason search to find a new kicker might not yet be over, but it's coming into focus now. On Sunday, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said the Bears waived Elliott Fry, who was in a two-kicker battle with Eddy Piniero for the starting job. The Bears want to give him the chance to lock that up over the final two weeks of the preseason.

Instead, these preseason games have turned into extended tests for the large group of players fighting to make the Bears' roster - the Bears' second-team offense and defense went against the Giants' first-team defense and offense for a portion of Friday's game, which'll be notable as the team evaluates the guys who'll fill out the back end of their roster. Nagy's preseason approach to his most important players may start catching on around the league, especially as so many teams have hired younger, offensive-minded coaches who haven't been doing something a certain way for decades.

The 38-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP threw a touchdown pass in a flawless series and the New York Giants had their way with the Chicago Bears' backups in a 32-13 preseason victory on Friday night. Jones also threw a touchdown pass, but the sixth pick overall in the draft finally looked like a rookie, losing two fumbles. Manning's performance came days after co-owner John Mara said a perfect season would be Jones not taking a snap, which would mean Manning and the Giants were doing well.

Plenty of veterans sat out Thursday night, as the NFL preseason really got going with 11 games. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was probably the star of Thursday night, as the first-round pick made some great throws in his first NFL action. Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) scores a touchdown against the Panthers.

Bears will wear 1960s throwback helmet in Week 12 against Giants originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com The Bears are pulling out all of the throwbacks for their 100th season in the NFL. Last month, at their Bears100 celebration, Kyle Fuller unveiled the 1936-inspired uniforms the team will wear for two games this season. On Wednesday, the Bears unveiled another opportunity to pay homage to their past.

The 50th season of Monday Night Football will begin with the now-traditional doubleheader on ESPN: New Orleans Saints host Houston Texans at 7:10 p.m. ET, followed by Oakland Raiders entertaining the Denver Broncos at 10:20 p.m. ET.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy showed against the New York Giants, when he had running back Tarik Cohen throw a pass on the final play of regulation for a touchdown, that he’ll call any play at any time. Expect anything with Nagy. On third-and-goal, in a huge nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, Nagy went to the final few pages of the playbook again.

Mitchell Trubisky is just about ready to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup. Trubisky said he is ''really close to 100 percent'' and expects to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury. Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18.

There are signs the Chicago Bears' defense is leaking, and it couldn't come at a worse time. Whether it was stopping the run in the second half or giving up big plays in the passing game, the defense wasn't as dominant as in other games during Sunday's 30-27 loss in overtime to the New York Giants. Coach Matt Nagy thinks of it as an anomaly, but it's an issue the Bears must fix fast with the powerful Los Angeles Rams coming to Chicago on Sunday night.

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