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Bears digest: John Fox preps for dress rehearsal

DAY 19

Dress rehearsal

The Bears’ third preseason game — Saturday in Cincinnati — will be the one true dress rehearsal for the start of the season.

Coach John Fox is treating it as such.

‘‘It’s the most extended amount of time our starters will get so they can get used to . . . the halftime, halftime adjustments and then coming out in the third quarter,” Fox said after practice Tuesday at Halas Hall. “How far they go will be kind of game-related.’’

Fox said he used a scout team Tuesday. It will be common during the season, of course, though the Bears will still pit their first-team offense against the first-team defense at times.

Observations

One day after the NFL announced he would be suspended for the first three games of the regular season, defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff was a regular practice participant Tuesday.

He can practice with the team for the rest of the preseason and take part in meetings once the regular season begins.

• The Bears are getting to know their cornerbacks who are competing for a job, Fox said.

‘‘We’re trying to rotate guys through as much as we can to get a good evaluation [so] we can make a good decision when we pick the 53,” he said.

• Rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman had the line of the day when asked if he watched Florida State teammate Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers’ No. 1 draft pick, Monday night on ESPN.

‘‘No, I didn’t,” he said. “My cable’s off right now.”