Lockout'11: Bears camp start likely delayed

As a service to you, dear reader/user/commenter, I wanted to make sure everyone knows that the Chicago Bears face at least a four-day delay to the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

We've been discussing the seemingly unworkable logistics of the Bears' scheduled report date on Friday, one day after owners are expected to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The earliest the Bears will get to Olivet Nazarene University is next Tuesday, Schefter reports, and an Aug. 1 start date for all NFL teams is a possibility as well.

Hanging in the balance is the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game, the preseason opener between the Bears and St. Louis Rams. I don't know if a four-day delay would force cancellation of that game, but it would further water down what is already a substance-light event.

Stay tuned. But in the meantime, you can probably cancel those hotel rooms in Bourbonnais, Ill., this weekend.