The Bears thumbed their nose at the new kickoff rule by kicking off from the 30 instead of the 35 yard line. You have to wonder if they had followed the rules and kicked from the 35 if Corey Wooten wouldn’t have gotten hurt. So much for the “safe” natural surface at Soldier Field. Bears defensive end and Favre career ender Corey Wooten is expected to be out at least 4 weeks according to the Tribune’s Vaughn McClure.
The second-year player from Northwestern was injured on the opening kickoff of Saturday’s 10-3 exhibition win over the Buffalo Bills. He ran down in coverage following Robbie Gould’s kick and appeared to plant wrong after being blocked by Buffalo’s Bryan Scott. He missed the rest of the game.
This opens the door for newcomer Vernon Ghloston to get some added playing time behind starters Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. You have to wonder if Gholston doesn’t step up and take advantage of the opportunity, will the Bears look to add a veteran defensive end to bolster the position?