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The Chicago Bears have released oft-injured linebacker
Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps.

The first major free agent signing by general manager Ryan Pace ,
McPhee had trouble staying healthy in three seasons with the Bears. He had 90
tackles and 14 sacks in 36 games for Chicago after playing his first four years
with the Baltimore Ravens.

McPhee missed the first six games in 2016 following surgery on his left knee
and had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July. He also sat out three
games late last season because of a shoulder ailment and finished the season on
injured reserve.

A broken arm limited Demps, who signed with Chicago in March, to three

The Bears announced the moves on Monday.

CHICAGO (5-11) at GREEN BAY (7-9)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Packers by 7 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 8-6-2, Green Bay 7-9

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 96-94-6

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AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 28, Packers No. 9


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STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 197th meeting in NFL's oldest rivalry Corey
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, dating to 1923. ... Bears have lost four straight
and eight of last nine vs. Green Bay. ... Eighth straight night game at Lambeau
Field for Bears. ... Head coaching debut of Bears' Matt Nagy. ... QB Mitchell
Trubisky set team rookie records last year with 193 completions and 2,193 yards.
... Jordan Howard first Bears RB to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of
first two seasons. ... WR Allen Robinson makes Bears debut after signing as free
agent, his first game since tearing ACL in Week 1 in 2017 with Jaguars. ...
Bears hopeful Khalil Mack will play after Chicago acquired pass-rushing LB in
blockbuster deal with Raiders. Mack sat out all of preseason and training camp.
... Mack ranks second in NFL since 2015 with 36 1/2 sacks. ... LB Leonard Floyd
has 3 1/2 sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery in four career games vs.
Packers. ... S Eddie Jackson last year became only rookie in NFL history with
two 75-yard defensive TDs in season. ... Packers open franchise's 100th season.
... Joe Philbin returns for second stint as offensive coordinator. ... QB Aaron
Rodgers healthy again after being limited to seven games in 2017 because of
collarbone injury. Rodgers' career 104.7 passer rating against Bears is tops for
QB with least 175 attempts. ... RB Jamaal Williams had 818 scrimmage yards and
six TDs as rookie in 2017. ... WR Davante Adams' 22 TD catches since 2016 most
in NFL. Adams suffered concussion in teams' meeting last year at Lambeau
following hit by Bears' ILB Danny Trevathan. ... TE Jimmy Graham makes Packers
debut. Graham led NFL TEs with 10 receiving TDs last year while with Seattle.
... Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine makes Green Bay debut. ... Defensive line
fortified with addition of free agent end Muhammad Wilkerson. ... LB Clay
Matthews led team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2017. ... LB Blake Martinez had
NFC-leading 142 tackles last year. ... Veteran CB Tramon Williams returns for
second stint with Packers. ... Team took CBs with first two picks in draft,
Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. ... K Mason Crosby has played in 176 straight
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, third most in Packers history behind QB Brett Favre (255)
and T Forrest Gregg (187). ... Fantasy Tip: Graham and Rodgers have already
shown chemistry in camp, connection that should especially carry over into red
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