Chicago Bears Training Camp Day 4 Recap

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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