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The Bears' quarterbacks coach position was initially advertised as one that would include the title of "passing game coordinator." But that will not be part of new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates' title.

Offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who was promoted last month from offensive line coach, will handle the offensive play-calling duties. Bates and the rest of the offensive coaches will have the normal input into game-planning, but Tice will have final say.

MEDICAL WATCH

--WR Johnny Knox has begun what is expected to be a lengthy rehabilitation from the gruesome, season-ending back injury he suffered Dec. 18 against the Seahawks, which required surgery.

Two of his vertebra were fused during surgery, and Knox said the injury resulted in the worst pain he's ever felt. He has not watched a replay of the play.

Knox recently said his back is healing "good" following surgery, and he's doing "a little" light work in the gym, but he has to wear a brace until mid-March.

--RB Matt Forte played briefly in the Pro Bowl, the first action he's seen since suffering a regular-season ending sprained knee on Dec. 4.

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