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Bears could open training camp on July 23

If a deal is reached, the Bears would open training camp on July 23.

The clock is ticking for the NFL as the regular season looms three months away and the lockout wages on.

One of the more recent concerns for the Chicago Bears has been the location of training camp if an agreement is reached later than anticipated.

But according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears could open training camp on-time July 23.

If all goes as planned, the Bears will report to ONU on July 22 and the first practice will be July 23. The Bears and St. Louis Rams are both scheduled to open camps a week early because they meet in the Hall of Fame Game Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio, a fifth preseason game that could be an advantage with offseason programs wiped out by the lockout, which is three months old now. But in order for the Bears to be practicing by July 23, a new collective bargaining agreement needs to be in place probably by about July 4.

Of course this is all contigent upon the Collective Bargaining Agreement mess. But reports have indicated that both sides may be nearing an agreement.

Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reported Saturday morning on his Twitter that “expectation is for a framework agreement in about two weeks.”

Looks like the Bears may report to training camp on time, after all.

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NFL players get the OK to return to work

The lockout was lifted--as temporary as it might be--and players were allowed to return to team facilities.

There has been significant progress over the last few days in regards to the NFL lockout.

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson essentially ended the lockout Monday and also denied the NFL’s request for a temporary stay Wednesday.

Now, the league has told teams to open their facilities to players starting today.

With this also comes news of the impending period of free agency, trades and other roster moves to begin shortly.

All in all, things are slowly but surely starting to get back to normal.

Many Bears players are expected to head over to Halas Hall today to use the weight room and to work out, with more players expected by Monday. Players will also be able to talk with coaches and sit in on film sessions, after two months of not being able to even acknowledge one another.

How far we have come.

Even more exciting, the Bears will begin their offseason conditioning program on May 9.

I am so ready for some football. Even if it’s just offseason workouts.

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