Bears Injury Updates

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The Bears began their third week of training camp on Monday.


BOURBONNAIS- If there’s ever been an NFL training camp without a single injury, I’ve never known about it. The NFL’s dog days of summer has it’s fair share of bumps in the road, and the Chicago Bears are no different. The good news is not all injuries are season ending. Some are minor, others keep you out for a couple days, then there are those that can keep you out for a week or two. The Bears have had all of the above so far.

The Bears did have some players return to practice on Monday. Offensive tackles Jermon Bushrod {calf} and Jonathan Scott {knee} both returned to the practice field but were limited to position drills. Defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson had his first full day of practice after banging up his right knee last week. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returned from his hamstring injury, while defensive end Cornelius Washington fought through an elbow injury but managed to make it through the day.

The status of Bushrod and Scott for Friday’s preseason opener is still questionable. The Bears are going to take it day by day with them before making a definite decision. The other aforementioned players should be ready to go against Carolina. Linebacker D.J. Williams is still out with his calf injury and will most likely miss Friday’s game. Jon Bostic is set to start at middle linebacker against the Panthers.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was pulled from practice with a hamstring issue but is expected to be okay. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea did not participate due to tightness in his hip, but the Bears are saying he will take the field on Tuesday. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden is currently batting a hamstring injury. The biggest injury concern however is for wide receiver Earl Bennett. Bennett was pulled early from the Bears Family Fest practice at Solider Field on Saturday night. The Bears are worried that he might have sustained a concussion.

He was not on the field at Olivet Nazerene on Monday and according to the team, he is still being evaluated to determine if there is indeed a concussion. His status for Friday is doubtful at this point in time. On a side note, tight end Leonard Pope who was signed by the Bears late last week, received a one-year contract worth $840,000. The Bears are very low on cap space for 2013 so signing the eight-year veteran was a bargain.

Depending on how he performs this season, he could be another one of the many Bears who could demand a higher salary to return in 2014. But for now, Bears fans should rejoice that the team now has two potential pro bowl players at the position. Follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82



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