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Strong words from the president about kneeling in the NFL as a new policy is unveiled. We get local reaction to the rules.

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Football may be America’s favorite sport, but with the rising fear of brain injury and CTE, it’s taken a bruising. We visit a Chicago-area helmet maker to see how it’s tackling the issue. 

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U.S. Army officers oversee a coin toss on Nov. 16, 2014 between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

You could say it was flipping amazing while it lasted, but at Soldier Field on Monday night, the Bears coin toss winning streak ended at 14 in a row.

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U.S. Army officers oversee a coin toss on Nov. 16, 2014 between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

The likelihood of correctly calling 14 coin tosses in a row is 1 in 16,384—or about as likely as Bears fans longing for the return of Rex Grossman. In light of the Bears’ current streak, we crunch the numbers.

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If you tuned in to watch any NFL game Sunday, you saw nearly all the football players in the league—and even some owners—join in a silent protest during the national anthem. Sports columnist Rick Telander weighs in on the controversy.

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NFL players who had knee surgeries such as ACL reconstruction or patellar tendon repair experienced the most significant decline in performance, according to a new study. (Pixabay)

The Chicago Bears open the season Sunday with several players sidelined by injuries. A new study analyzing common orthopedic surgeries NFL players receive could shed some light onto when fans can expect them back.

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Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. (Photo © Chicago Tribune)

After spending months combing through nearly 100 years of archival photographs and newspaper articles, the Chicago Tribune is releasing a comprehensive look at the Chicago Bears.

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It was a rude awakening Monday morning for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs, as both teams announced today that they will be heading into September with some key players sidelined.

Day 3: Grading the NFL Draft

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The picks are all in, and after three days of festivities and thousands of fans pouring into Grant Park, the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago has concluded. Crystin Immel grades the NFL on the overall fan experience they provided in Grant Park.

Day 2: In Enemy Territory

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Crystin Immel returned to Auditorium Theatre to cover rounds two and three of the NFL Draft on Friday. But things didn't go as smoothly as she planned. 

Day 1: From Back Room to Row One: Getting In and Staying In

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Crystin Immel is an Assistant Producer and the assignment desk editor for Chicago Tonight. She’s also a big NFL fan. We thought it would be fun to send her to the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre to see the draft through her eyes. 

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The new, supersized NFL Draft gets underway in Chicago this evening. Just what does it mean for the city? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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For three days starting April 30, the NFL Draft will be held in Chicago for the first time since 1964. The National Football League as well as Chicago organizers say the event will be a major extravaganza that will turn parts of downtown Chicago into professional football's second biggest event of the year. But the draft is arriving with some controversies. We hear why organizers believe the draft will be a major showcase for the city while some observers think it will be only be a showcase for the NFL.

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Bears star Brandon Marshall speaks out about Roger Goodell, domestic violence, and his past troubles, which have been brought to light in a new complaint against the NFL. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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We discuss how the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic violence situation with our panel. 

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He’s an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri. He’s the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year. And he’s gay. Will coming out hurt Michael Sam’s chances to play for the NFL? And is the NFL ready for an openly gay player?