Chicago Bears punished by NFL for holding ‘live’ practices in May

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The Chicago Bears have been punished by the NFL for having live contact practices in May, the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer reported on Tuesday. The NFL forced the Bears to cancel Tuesday’s OTA session.

According to the league source, the Bears were warned for having practices featuring too much contact last month with requests made that they alter their practice activity to adjust. Eventually, when proper adjustments weren’t made, the NFL Players Association was asked to get involved and the NFL stepped in, deciding that the team was in violation of league rules. As a result, the Bears were required to forfeit one of their OTA practices.

Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune

Coach Matt Eberflus is bringing a new level of intensity to the Chicago Bears this year as evidenced by his HITS philosophy. Perhaps, it went a little too far this offseason.

Eberflus will be criticized for this misstep. But the Bears coaching staff is better equipped to begin training camp because of the few extra pops in the offseason program.

The Chicago Bears will return to the field on Wednesday for their final OTA session before training camp kicks off in late-July.

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