Cam Newton has fans on Bears

Updated: September 30, 2011, 12:02 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs marveled at the performance of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton over the first three weeks, saying those games would still be impressive even if it was a veteran lining up under center instead of a rookie.

The fact remains, however, that Newton is a rookie playing just his fourth NFL game Sunday when the Panthers face the Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears plan to defend accordingly.

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