Mike Ditka's No. 89 will be the last one the Chicago Bears retire.
The Bears, who plan to honor Ditka during their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9 at Soldier Field, have retired more numbers than any other NFL team at 14.
"If there is going to be a last one, there is no more appropriate one than 89," Bears owner George McCaskey said in a statement.
That means other Bears greats including Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher will not have their numbers retired.
The Bears have previous honored Nos. 3 (Bronko Nagurski), 5 (George McAfee), 7 (George Halas), 28 (Willie Galimore), 34 (Walter Payton), 40 (Gale Sayers), 41 (Brian Piccolo), 42 (Sid Luckman), 51 (Dick Butkus), 56 (Bill Hewitt), 61 (Bill George), 66 (Clyde "Bulldog" Turner) and 77 (Harold "Red" Grange).Report: NFL makes proposal for
HGH testingThe NFL submitted a new proposal for immediate human growth hormone testing as the league and the NFL Players Association continue to negotiate in an effort to have HGH testing in place for the 2013 season, NFL.com reported.
The proposal was submitted to the union on April 24, according to the report, and included a concession that eliminated testing on game days.
The proposal would also call for testing to begin immediately, with samples then being tested and stored until the World Anti-Doping Agency established a standard for acceptable levels.
However, the union would rather start testing after the doping agency has determined the baseline and when full testing is ready to be implemented.
"A population study that both parties agreed to a year ago would have resolved the issue of accuracy," union spokesman George Atallah said, according to NFL.com. The NFLPA is working on a counter proposal that could be submitted to the league next week.