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85 hours to recover: The extreme physical challenge facing the Bears with a Sunday night-to-Thanksgiving turnaround

When the news broke last week, Prince Amukamara felt a surge of energy. Part giddiness, part motivation. Bears-Vikings in Week 11. Flexed. Moved to prime time.

Under the lights. National stage.

"Football Night in America," fully equipped with the Carrie Underwood intro.

In a season already filled with so much progress, this was the latest marking post, more evidence of the Bears' resurgence. This was a sign Amukamara and his teammates had achieved national relevance, proof the rest of the country would like a live look-in on Chicago's surprise party.

"Honestly, I was so excited," Amukamara

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