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Monday, August 12, 2019 1:00 am

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Tempers flare as Bears end camp

Associated Press

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – There was a shoving incident, a coach screaming at his players and the usual unresolved kicking competition, and then the Chicago Bears broke Bourbonnais training camp to head back to Halas Hall.

They'll continue their search for a kicker between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry after the two combined for five misses Sunday. The acquisition of another kicker remains a possibility.

“We're evaluating them. Again, looking at what they do in these preseason games is going to be really the true test,” coach Matt Nagy said of his kickers. “But we're looking for that production.”

Wide receiver Anthony Miller is now out with a right ankle sprain and tight end Trey Burton remains out from sports hernia surgery.

The Bears closed camp with tempers growing short. Guard Kyle Long and defensive end Akiem Hicks engaged in a brief shoving match, and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand also gave linemen a loud tongue-lashing at one point.

“They get it,” Nagy said. “They've seen coaches get on them before. That's not a first time. They react well. And they're all, again, I'm going to always revert back to that when you have high character people, they can handle that.”

Ravens trade kicker to Vikings

Looking for solutions for their longtime kicking issues, the Minnesota Vikings traded for Kaare Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens. Vedvik had kicked and punted for Baltimore, which was set at the position with standouts Justin Tucker and Sam Koch.

Vedvik spent the 2018 season on the non-football injury list for Baltimore after he was assaulted and suffered injuries.

Minnesota has veteran kicker Dan Bailey and punter Matt Wile in camp.

Steelers assistant Darryl Drake dies

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who spent more than 30 years molding some of the best players at the position at both the college and professional levels, has died. He was 62.

“Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.”

Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. He spent one season in the Canadian Football League and participated in a pair of NFL training camps. He went into coaching as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1983, the beginning of a career that included stops in the college ranks at Georgia, Baylor and Texas.

Drake reached the NFL as a receivers coach in 2004 with the Chicago Bears. He moved on to the same position with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 before joining the Steelers in 2018. Drake's pupils included Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown.

Cardinals official cited for DUI

Arizona Cardinals executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Minegar, 60, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, cited and released. Police say Minegar was stopped about 11:30 p.m. Saturday for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane.

In a statement Sunday, the Cardinals called Minegar's decision to drive after drinking alcohol “inexcusable” and added “we fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

In July 2018, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim pleaded guilty to extreme DUI.


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