NFL Notes: Bears, Dolphins, Steelers


  • Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears believe QB Mike Glennon has played well overall but has made just too many mistakes in the first two games.
  • Rapoport says that the Bears have yet to discuss replacing Glennon with rookie QB Mitch Trubisky.
  • Even so, Rapoport adds that it’s “only a matter of time” before they make the change and go with Trubisky as their starting quarterback.


  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe points out that the indefinite suspension handed down by the Dolphins to veteran LB Lawrence Timmons this week for going AWOL will cost him 58,823 in salary for each week he is suspended (maximum of $235,294 for the four weeks).
  • Beyond that, Timmons could be forced to pay the Dolphins back 4/17ths of the 2017 portion of his $5.5 million signing bonus ($647,059 of the $2.25 million).
  • Timmons could still make the full $5.475 million he’s owed this season, but it’s no longer guaranteed.


The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t blaming franchise RB Le’Veon Bell for the offense’s sluggish start to the 2017 season, according to Jason La Canfora.

“You really can’t blame him,” a team source tells La Canfora. “He hasn’t really had any holes to run through.”

According to La Canfora, Bell is in “phenomenal shape” and has graded out “fairly well” in the first two weeks of the season, even though he’s averaging 3.2 yards per attempt.

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