The Bears defense has been limping through the preseason while missing three key starters for a better part of the action. With the season opener against the Colts just days away, it’s crucial for the Bears to get healthy. Good news from Halas Hall as the Bears returned to practice following Tuesday’s off day.
The best news is middle lineback Brian Urlacher, who took the month of August off to nurse a bum knee that he injured back in Week 17, was a full participant on Wednesday following practice on Monday. While he had Tuesday to get a little extra rest, it’s encouraging that Urlacher was back at it on Wednesday. It will be even more encouraging if he is a full go again on Thursday for back-to-back practices.
Stephen Paea, who suffered an ankle injury in the first preseason game after a strong start to training camp, was not listed on the injury report, which is great news for the interior of the Bears’ D-line, which could you all the inside pressure it could get.
Chris Conte was a limited participant on Wednesday, recovering from a separated shoulder during the Bears’ preseason win over the Washington Redskins. If Conte can’t return to his free safety position, Craig Steltz will step in at strong safety while Major Wright slides over to the free safety spot.
Similar limited participation for Adam Podlesh, who is recovering from a hip flexor injury. Expect Ryan Quigley to handle the punting and holding duties on Sunday. I am just speculating here, but the Bears may be hoping Podlesh can return for Week 2 at Green Bay so they can activate Nate Collins when he’s eligible to come off the suspended list. If not, they’ll need to make another roster move to get Collins back.
Lorenzo Booker, who suffered a head injury – possibly a concussion – in the preseason finale, was held out of practice. If he’s not ready to go, the Bears will go with Forte and Bush.