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Injured linebackers: Dressing at adjacent lockers, linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson wondered about their future availability, as both suffered injuries that forced them out of action. Williams, who sustained what the team called a chest injury, said he won’t speak to the media “until I find out what’s wrong with me.” Anderson said he won’t know the extent of his back injury until Monday.
Push-broom mustache: Bears tackle Kyle Long grew a mustache that resembled the business end of a push broom for the game in honor of defensive tackle Nate Collins, who suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. “The mustache, it represents the sorrow I feel for not being able to see my buddy Nate Collins on the field every day,” Long said. “I’ve spoken to him in regards to the facial hair, and he likes it and he appreciates it.” Long considers Collins a brother. His actual brother, Chris Long, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, is Collins’ best friend. Chris and Collins were roommates at the University of Virginia.
Added message: Typically, the last two words on the dry-erase board in the locker room are “Bear Down.” That message was again there Thursday, followed by “Be a Monster.”