Games May Be Canceled

LAKE FOREST _ The Bears' home-opener with Jacksonville is one of 15 NFL games that could be canceled or postponed sometime in the next 24 to 48 hours

The NFL is considering canceling or postponing this week's games in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, but will not make an immediate decision.

``Regarding Sunday's games, we will make no decision today,'' said NFL senior vice-president Joe Browne in a statement. ``We'll gather information and speak to several parties within the next 24 to 48 hours.''

The league office, located in New York on Park Avenue 12 miles from the World Trade center, was closed on Tuesday and will not open again until Thursday.

NFL games have been played in the wake of tragedy, even the weekend following the death of president John F. Kennedy in 1963. A postponement or cancellation would not be unprecedented, but labor relations in 1987 and 1982 caused those. In 1987, one game was eliminated. In 1982 only nine regular-season games were played from a 16-game schedule.

Bears officials Tuesday said they canceled appearances by wide receiver David Terrell and fullback Scott Dragos at an area school.

Also, an appearance at a Bloomingdale record store by running back Anthony Thomas in conjunction with a team marketing program aimed at honoring Soldier Field's final season was canceled. The appearances could be rescheduled at a later date.

The Bears will hold practice as scheduled today. Tuesday is a player's day off and players were not at Halas Hall.

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