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The lights went out at Chicago Bears practice on Wednesday night

Chris Chase
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First it was a problem with the turf causing the team to cancel a practice at Soldier Field. Then, a dangerous thunderstorm forced players off the field earlier this week. Wednesday night, the Chicago Bears had the biggest training camp disturbance of all: the lights went out.

About an hour into an evening practice at Olivet Nazarene University, all the lights at the stadium and in surrounding areas shut down. Players and coaches waited around for the lights to come back on for 30 minutes to no avail. The team was eventually bussed to a nearby high school field for the remainder of practice.

"It's been a weird series of events for us," Jay Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times.

At least the high school facility had FieldTurf, which is more than Soldier Field can say.

Coach Lovie Smith was nonplussed by the incident. "You want to put guys in different situations," coach Lovie Smith said. "As I said earlier, we're going to London [to play Tampa in October]. We'll have to get out of the routine." (What, is the power going to go out at Wembley because of all the mindless looting?)

The Bears have another practice scheduled Thursday. Judging by the events of the past week, expect live bears to disrupt things.

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