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Bears to wear orange jerseys in Miami


The Bears will don orange jerseys Sunday in Miami for the first time in seven years.

They last donned orange jerseys for one game in 2011 after also wearing them for one contest in each of five seasons from 2005-09. They wore navy and orange 1940s throwback jerseys in 2010 and each of the past six years.

"I'm very juiced about that," said defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. "I've been excited for that. I had to campaign for it a little bit, but we got it done. It's been a shame that our offense has gotten to wear the orange jerseys instead of us [this week in practice], but I'll have my fun on Sunday."

The Bears will wear orange jerseys on the road Sunday for the first time since a 2004 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Since then, they've won four of six at Soldier Field, beating the 49ers 17-9 in 2005 and again 41-10 in 2006, the Vikings 48-41 in 2008 and the Browns 30-6 in 2009. Losses have come to the Lions 16-7 in 2007 and Packers 27-17 in 2011.

The Bears will wear orange jerseys a second time this season Nov. 18 when they host the Vikings. The orange jerseys date back to the early days of the franchise. The Bears wore them when they won 17 straight regular-season games in 1933-34, an NFL mark that stood for 70 years until it was broken by the Patriots in 2004.

The Bears wore orange jerseys as their alternates from the 2004 to 2011 seasons. Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the top 10 performances in these uniforms as the team prepares to don them for the first time in seven seasons.