INDIANAPOLIS -- We've gone a little light Thursday on the Chicago Bears, mostly because coach Lovie Smith spoke with reporters at the same time I was sitting in on an extended availability with Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. But our friends at ESPNChicago.com have had the Bears blanketed all day, and what follows is a synopsis of their work in conjunction with a video report:
Quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Brian Urlacher are both fully recovered from their thumb and knee injuries, respectively.
Smith is optimistic that linebacker Lance Briggs, who requested a trade last summer, will return in 2012.
Smith knows the Bears "need to get ourselves in a better position at that backup quarterback position."
Smith thinks free agent Kellen Davis can be a featured tight end.
I'll weigh in over the next several days on several of these topics, but I wanted to get the basics to you as quickly as possible.