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Rockets, Celtics, Towns' marijuana stance, Sliding Clippers

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell talk Rockets and Celtics (4:55), Towns' marijuana advocacy (28:45), the sliding Clippers (41:15), a Portis-Mirotic update (49:05) and Jody Avirgan on the 30 for 30 podcast Hoodies Up (1:02:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take questions (1:21:20).

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Should be pointed out that Dion Sims, Danny Trevathan and Bryce Callahan have not practiced in weeks, yet Bears still list them all as questionable to play Sunday vs. Detroit.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears guard Kyle Long (fingers, shoulder, ankle) does not appear on the final injury report.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears final injury report: QUESTIONABLE -- TE Dion Sims (illness), CB Bryce Callahan (knee), ILB Danny Trevathan (calf), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (illness) and OL Tom Compton (ankle).

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Tarik Cohen among top 25 NFL 'prospects'

"The Human Joystick" has already done some impossible things in his first few games. More importantly, he has managed to make John Fox's offense a little fun to watch.

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#23 Northwestern hosts Minnesota Sat. & seeks its first 6-game win streak since 1996 & 3rd since ‘62. Its longest win streak was 9 games in ‘95. If the Wildcats beat the Gophers, they'd have 6 straight Big Ten wins in a season for the 3rd time (1936 & ‘95).

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FPI: Buckeyes overwhelming favorites vs. Illini

Ohio State has won eight straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings between these schools. Illinois' last win in the series came in 2007, when the unranked Illini stunned the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes in Columbus. ESPN's FPI feels good about OSU's chances at home on Saturday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's exciting to be back out there with the team, help them out. I'm excited to get back out there. It's unfortunate, but things happen in football, something I couldn't prevent. But I'm feeling better and I'm going to be out there Sunday.” -- Bears special teams ace Sherrick McManis on returning from a hamstring injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"He qualifies as one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and I say that because there's really no one way to play him. When you become a great quarterback, it's because there is no one way to play you. He's good against pressure. He's good against 3-man rush. He's good against different types of coverages. So you just have to mix it up with him. Obviously, a good pass rush always goes a long way in helping play against any quarterback. But you've got to be able to mix up what you're doing against him because he's good enough now. He has played in this offense now for a couple years. He has got a good grasp of it, so he's got a good feel of where to go, and he's got the arm talent and accuracy to go with it." -- Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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FPI: Lions with significant edge in Chicago

For the fifth time this season, the Bears have less than a 40 percent chance to win at home, by FPI's measure. They've gone 2-2 with a point differential of plus-11 in those games. The Lions' odds to win are their highest in a road game since Week 16 of 2014.

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FPI: Northwestern favored vs. Minnesota

The Wildcats are on a five-game winning streak and have never won six straight in the same season under Pat Fitzgerald. Their last six-game winning streak in a single season was in 1996, when Fitzgerald was a senior LB and helped lead Northwestern to a 9-3 record.

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FPI: Fighting Irish heavily favored vs. Navy

The Midshipmen snapped a five-game losing streak versus Notre Dame in 2016, winning 28-27. They haven't won back-to-back games in this series since 2009-10. But ESPN's FPI likes the Fighting Irish's chances of bouncing back after suffering an embarrassing 33-point loss to Miami last week.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox cites legal reasons for not disclosing the exact nature of tight end Dion Sims illness. "I'm not being evasive,but I kind of am," Fox said to reporters. Sims has been in the building but he hasn't practiced in weeks.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears say right guard Kyle Long (fingers), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring) had full participation on Thursday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears Thursday injury report: DNP -- TE Dion Sims (illness), ILB Danny Trevathan (calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (knee). LIMITED -- OL Tom Compton (ankle) and OLB Sam Acho (shoulder).