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Peppers' rush will be needed early

Updated: April 21, 2010, 10:18 AM ET
By Michael Wright | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Perhaps the Chicago Bears knew what lay ahead when they opened the checkbook in free agency to broker a landmark deal with defensive end Julius Peppers.

A quick look at the schedule released Tuesday suggests they'll need him in a hurry, considering the quarterback gauntlet the Bears face in the first month of the season.

Highlighting a schedule that includes four nationally televised games in prime time, in addition to the franchise's first contest in Canada, the Bears ...

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