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Malika Andrews ESPN 

Bulls injury update against the 76ers: Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play tonight. Cristiano Felício (ankle) felt good in practice and if he continues to, he will be in uniform tonight. Lauri Markkanen (elbow) and Omer Asik (inflammatory arthritis) are also out.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg says Kris Dunn is excused for tonight's game against the 76ers for a "personal matter." Cam Payne will start in his place. The incident causing Dunn's absence occurred yesterday (Wednesday). Hoiberg said it's too early to determine whether Dunn will return for Saturday's game.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears say Leonard Floyd was not fined for his suplex tackle of Miami's Danny Amendola last weekend. Floyd was flagged for unnecessary roughness following the play.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach Matt Nagy is still calling Khalil Mack "day-to-day" with a right ankle injury. Mack did not practice on Wednesday, but the club remains hopeful that he can play on Sunday versus the Patriots. Also, wide receiver Allen Robinson has been limited this week with a groin injury that Nagy said was aggravated in Chicago's loss to Miami last Sunday.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg explains why he chose to stick with Portis, Dunn, Carter, LaVine and Holiday — not Parker — as his starting line up against Philadelphia: "In the preseason, I thought we played our best game against Indiana, or certainly our most complete game defensively, it was our best effort. We had three good defensive quarters against Denver. Now, going on the road against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference — very powerful team that's got a couple players that are unlike any other in this league in their home opener — it's going to be a great challenge for us, but just the way we went out early and competed (in the preseason games), I like the way it looked. We got Jabari going a little bit in that last game, running some different things with him as the facilitator, so I just like the look of it and that's most likely how we're going to start tomorrow."

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Belichick: Mack not in same class as LT

Bill Belichick won his first two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the Giants, led by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who the Patriots' head coach says has no equals at his position.

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Agent: Portis, Bulls fail to reach extension

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will likely become a restricted free agency in July, failing to reach a rookie contract extension before the Monday afternoon deadline, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Barnwell Show: Lindsay Jones & Matt Bowen

Bill is joined by Lindsay Jones of The Athletic to take a look at where things stand for the teams in the AFC West after the Chiefs' loss to the Patriots on SNF (0:56), including the Broncos (14:59), Raiders (25:47) and Chargers (35:29). Also, Matt Bowen of ESPN stops by to discuss the high level of play from the Bears' defense this season aside from Sunday's performance against the Dolphins and more (42:30).