Without Kreutz, Bears soft at center

An already suspect offensive line is hopeless without its long-time leader

Updated: July 30, 2011, 11:00 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The prevailing belief was that of course Olin Kreutz would be here. Under contract. In Bourbonnais. Joshing with the fellas and needling reporters, just like old times.

If not last Wednesday, when the core guys started trickling in, then surely soon after, good ol' Olin leading his teammates in the meeting room and exhorting them from the sideline until next Thursday, when veteran free agents can begin practice.

Instead, the Bears' braintrust has fumbled again ...

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