Bears say team has no rift with NBC


LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears deny any rift with NBC after it was reported the team turned down the network's request to interview general manager Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler in advance of Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"You know I'm trying to figure out where that all came from," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "We try to do whatever we can for anyone that's coming in.

"We've played quite a few Sunday night games, so there's not a whole lot more for us to talk about. We're making our players available right up until game time. But as far as participating an awful lot right now, it's kind of time for us to play football. We try to do as many interviews as we can during game week, but once you get a closer to it, we're kind of reeling things in a little bit."

This will be the fourth time the Bears will play on Sunday Night Football, including a preseason game against the Denver Broncos, and games against the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

"Nobody had any issues on either side," Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said. "We love working with NBC, and we love having our games on national television. NBC and the Bears have always been on the same page."


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