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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Black and Blue all over: 'Dreamy' in Bourbonnais

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The headline above Brad Biggs' piece in the Chicago Sun-Times said it best: By all accounts, the Bears had a "dreamy" first day of training camp Friday at Olivet Nazarene University.

Last summer, they opened to the distraction of a quarterback competition, the surprise holdout of receiver Devin Hester and the revelation of a back injury for first-round pick Chris Williams. This year, a crowd estimated at 7,000 people were thrilled by the sight of new quarterback Jay Cutler tossing lasers to Hester, Earl Bennett and Greg Olsen.

The Bears are scheduled to practice in full pads Saturday night. That should take the excitement up another notch.

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