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ICYMI: Bears news week-in-review

In case you missed it, here's a review of what transpired this week at Halas Hall as the Bears prepared for Sunday's season opener against the Green Bay Packers:

The Bears signed 10 players to their practice squad, bringing back receiver Ify Umodu and five others they waived two days earlier as part of final cuts.

Moving from quarterback to receiver at Illinois State in 2013 was a life-changing event for Cameron Meredith, a Chicago area native who earned a spot on the Bears' 53-man roster.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace lauded free-agent acquisition Pernell McPhee, saying that the outside linebacker's attitude and demeanor on the field is infectious to the rest of the defense.

Tuesday, Sept. 8
Lunch with Larry

Senior writer Larry Mayer discussed new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and other key issues about the Bears during a weekly one-hour Q-and-A session with fans.

Since being hired as Bears general manager in January, Ryan Pace has been impressed with how hard veteran quarterback Jay Cutler has worked.

From signing as an undrafted rookie to being the Bears' longest-tenured player, kicker Robbie Gould has always tried to keep the same approach to the game.

After an off day Tuesday, the Bears returned to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday's season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.

While Bears rookies are happy to join veteran teammates in the main locker room at Halas Hall this week, they no doubt will remember their time in what some refer to as "the dungeon" with fondness.

Receiver Alshon Jeffery was among five key Bears players who practiced Wednesday after missing time during the preseason with injuries.

The Bears will face one of their most daunting challenges of the season Sunday when they host quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase hopes that Jay Cutler will operate the offense with the same efficiency Sunday against the Packers as the quarterback did during the preseason.

Kyle Long's versatility and intelligence are two of the ingredients that make the Bears running back a special player to first-year offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

When the Bears host the Packers in the season opener Sunday, they'll honor two of their former greats who passed away during the offseason, Doug Buffone and Mike Pyle.

The Bears remain hopeful that receivers Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will be able to play in Sunday's season opener against the Packers at Soldier Field.

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