The Bears already know that their 2009 season will begin at Green Bay on ``Sunday Night Football'' Sept. 13.
The rest of the schedule will be unveiled Tuesday. In prime time. With the league doing all it can to strengthen the embattled NFL Network, the release will be shown on NFL Network in prime time starting at 6 p.m.
The Bears will travel to Denver with new quarterback Jay Cutler on Aug. 30 for their third preseason game. That is the contest in which most starters play into the third quarter.
This is the fifth straight season the Bears will open the regular season away from Soldier Field.
Once the entire schedule is set the Bears will be able to announce a reporting date and first practice date for training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. This is the eighth summer the Bears will be there. Contracts are out for the Bears' final three preseason games, but they have yet to finalize a date for the first game at Buffalo. Camp will begin 15 days before that game. The window for the game is Aug. 13-16.
The Bills play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 9. That means they might not want to have the fast turnaround and play on the 13th or 14th. Contracts for preseason games are due in the league office Wednesday, so there is a chance the Bears will not have their finalized preseason schedule until a day after the regular season slate is announced.
In the past, details on the schedule have leaked out early. Stay tuned to see what happens.