Chicago Bears Practice 11 Recap: Bennett Still Suspended, More Bumps and Bruises
The Chicago Bears held their final practice open to the public or the media ahead of their 2014 preseason debut Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. They started the practice in shorts and shells and partway through practice ditched the shoulder pads and it basically turned into a walkthrough. The bumps and bruises are starting to pile up, so it’ll be interesting to see who actually plays on Friday night at Soldier Field. Here are a few notes from practice, as reported by the intrepid Bears Beat Writers.
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- Martellus Bennett’s suspension hit Day 2. Coach Trestman said he had a “very positive” conversation with Bennett yesterday and has not ruled Bennett out for Friday night’s game. In this observer’s opinion, I doubt he’ll suit up. Matthew Mulligan took first team reps at tight end.
- Jared Allen remains out, excused for the birth of his second child.
- Kyle Long sat out with a sore ankle and received treatment during the practice period. Long’s missed a bunch of time coming off a viral infection and now more time off certainly means he’ll be wearing a baseball cap on Friday night. I don’t think Long is in game shape just yet, so there’s no reason for the Bears to put him at risk.
- Jordan Mills (foot) and Eben Britton (hammy) also missed practice, leaving the offensive line a little thin. Brian de la Puente played RG and Michael Ola lined up with the 1’s at RT. Don’t be surprised if you see this alignment on Friday.
- In secondary news, Tim Jennings sat out nursing his quad injury. Chris Conte and Craig Steltz continue on the PUP list.
- The starting safeties were Ryan Mundy and Danny McCray were the starting safeties. Not sure where that leaves Adrian Wilson, who was been in and out with the starters.
- Eric Weems continues to see increased time with the offense and also was the #1 kick returner. Michael Ford and Chris Williams were #2 and #3 respectively.
- After practice, Marc Trestman declared that Jimmy Clausen is in serious competition with Jordan Palmer for the #2 QB position. That’s the position to watch on Friday night.
- Even though Santonio Holmes worked out for the Bears yesterday, Trestman hasn’t watched the tape of his workout. Greg Herd, who was added Tuesday night, has been assigned Sam Hurd and Terrence Toliver’s #81.