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 width=>>Bears' Long Cleared, Will Start Conditioning Soon

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- The Bears say second-year guard Kyle Long has been cleared by doctors to begin conditioning. Long contracted a viral infection early last week and has not practiced in training camp. Coach Marc Trestman says Long could be in pads by Saturday night's practice.

>>Bears' Marshall Praises Cutler

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- Bears receiver Brandon Marshall has confidence in quarterback Jay Cutler. Marshall told reporters at the team's training camp practice yesterday that Cutler could win the NFL MVP Award if he plays in all 16 games this year. Marshall adds that Cutler is way different this year.

 width=>>Packers Sign GM Thompson To Extension

(Green Bay, WI) -- The Green Bay Packers are locking up the team's architect. The Packers have signed General Manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension. Details of the new deal have not been disclosed. Since taking over the GM position in 2005, Thompson has helped the Packers to an 86-57-and-1 regular-season record and a Super Bowl championship in the 2010 season.

>>Pro Bowl Captains Named

(New York, NY) -- A pair of Hall of Fame wide receivers will serve as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Cris Carter and Michael Irvin take over the roles that Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served last season. In the second year of the revised format, Carter and Irvin will join two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion to select players placed into a pool and drafted into two teams. Last season, Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 in Honolulu. This season's Pro Bowl will be played stateside on January 25th at the site of Super Bowl 49 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 width=>>Three Bids Submitted To Buy Buffalo Bills

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Three bids are in to purchase the Buffalo Bills. The "Toronto Sun" reports billionaire Donald Trump, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula [[ peh-GOO-luh ]] and a Toronto-based group that includes rock star Jon Bon Jovi all submitted bids to the investment bank handling the sale of the team before Tuesday's deadline. Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano was expected to bid, but did not submit. The "New York Post" reports Pegula's bid is for more than one-billion-dollars. The Bills are up for sale after longtime owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

>>Report: Retractable Roof Proposed For New Oakland Coliseum

(Oakland, CA) -- A report says a new Raiders stadium in Oakland could have a retractable or transparent roof. The "San Francisco Chronicle" says planners are debating the additional 150-million-dollar cost of a roof so they can attract events like conventions that require dry weather. There are still many other issues that need to be worked out for the proposed billion-dollar stadium that Mayor Jean Quan wants to build at the site of the existing one. The report says the Raiders prefer an open-air stadium.

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