The pads were popping again bright and early Monday morning. Under a sunny but unseasonably cool day, the Chicago Bears continued preparations for their first preseason game, which is a week from Friday. A few minor bumps and bruises, some hot red zone action, drops from a key player and another dust up. That’s just the tip of the iceberg from Monday’s action. Let’s hit the camp update, bullet point style:
- Alshon Jeffery suited up in pads for stretching, but sat out with a sore foot. He did continue to do side work, catching balls, but did not participate in team drills.
- Matt Slausen didn’t finish practice. Coming off offseason surgery, his status was described as “status quo”.
- Jeremiah Ratliff sat out Monday’s practice as a coach’s decision. Let’s call it a veteran’s day off. Coming off his hip and leg issues before last season, having a day off tomorrow will give Ratliff a couple of days off.
- Tim Jennings sat out with his pesky quad issue.
- Chris Conte and Craig Steltz remain on the PUP list.
- Kyle Long was not at practice, as he was getting evaluated by doctors for his viral infection. If he’s cleared, he could return on Wednesday.
- Reserve receiver Terrence Toliver sat out.
- With Alshon Jeffery out, Eric Weems got some extra reps with the top wide receivers, playing along with Brandon Marshall and Marquess Wilson.
- Speaking of Brandon Marshall, he didn’t have the best of days, dropping a couple of catchable balls including one in the red zone.
- Receiver and returner Chris Williams continues to show flashes. He could be an X factor on offense besides as a punt returner.
- With Ratliff out, Will Sutton took reps with the 1′s on defense.
- Brian de la Puente, Eben Britton and Michael Ola rotated in at the starting guard spots.
- Martellus Bennett caught a couple of red zone touchdowns. That would be very welcomed in the season.
- What would a Bears practice be without another fracas. This time reserve DE Cornelius Washington squared off with backup O-lineman Joe Long.
That’s all I’ve got time for now.
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