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JB Blanchard

<p>Rookie Tom Sanders, whom coach Mike Ditka has called a strong candidate for the No. 2 halfback job, is doubtful for the next two exhibition games because of a pulled hamstring.</p>
<p>PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Bear coach Mike Ditka has pretty much made up his mind to carry three quarterbacks, but he wishes the NFL owners would encourage that piece of common sense.</p>
<p>Coming into his first season with the Chicago Bears, head coach John Fox has the fifth most regular season wins among active head coaches.</p>
<p>PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The Bears’ holdouts are liable to be stay-outs. Their teammates have heard that for the last week. “Hopefully, they’ll start accepting it next week,” general manager Jerry Vainisi said yesterday. </p>
<p>PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – One reason Bears president Michael McCaskey insists on not renegotiating contracts is to keep the team’s credibility with its fans. </p>
<p>PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The talk is brave. Hardly a day goes by that<br />coach Mike Ditka doesn’t say the Bears can get along fine without Mike<br />Singletary and the other defensive holdouts, Todd Bell and Al Harris. </p>
<p>“We don’t have any appliances on our team,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers spokesman John Gerdes apologetically. But others have been plugging in ever since the Bears’ massive William “The Refrigerator” Perry gained the public’s affections at 330 pounds. </p>
<p>In this 2002 KFC commercial, former Chicago Bears legends Jim McMahon and William “The Refrigerator” Perry appear alongside “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander promoting KFC’s honey barbecue wings and spicy barbecue wings. </p>
<p>Coach Mike Ditka has promised something new from the Bear offense in the 6 p.m. home exhibition tonight against the Indianapolis Colts. And no, he’s not talking about touchdowns. </p>