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Bears, Packers get training camps underway

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The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers both officially open up training camp today in preparation of the 2013 NFL season.  The Bears camp opened up at 9:00 a.m. in Bourbonnais, IL while the Packers hit the field at their training facility in Green Bay, WI.

The Bears are coming off a disappointing 2012-2013 campaign which saw the team go 10-6 and miss out on the playoffs because of a tiebreaker. 

After last year's disappointment, the Bears fired long-time head coach Lovie Smith and replaced him with Marc Trestman.  For the last five years, Trestman was the head coach of the Montreal Allouettes in the Canadian Football League.  The last time Trestman coached in the NFL was back in 2005 when he was the associate head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

As for the Packers, they finished at 11-5 and repeated as NFC North champions.  After defeating the division rival Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wildcard game, the Packers fell to the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.

The Packers parted ways with a number of familiar, impact players in the offseason, most notably WR Greg Jennings (Vikings), CB Charles Woodson (Raiders) and ILB Desmond Bishop (Vikings). 

Today on 13 News at 5 & 6 we will have reports from both Bears and Packers camps as our A.J. Donatoni traveled to Bourbonnais to follow the Bears and our sister station WAOW has sent their sports director, Lauren Magiera, who will be providing a report from Lambeau Field.  Join us tonight for your complete NFL training camp coverage!

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