After an off day Tuesday, the Chicago Bears received some welcome news as they returned to practice Wednesday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Guard Kyle Long was cleared to return to practice after missing the start of camp due to a viral infection, and cornerback Tim Jennings was back on the field after nursing a quad injury.
Long, who Bears head coach Marc Trestman said any lost practice time hurts a player’s growth.missed some time during spring organized team activities (OTA’s) will spend the next couple of days doing conditioning work before he joins the rest of his teammates in full contact action. His return alleviates fears that the missed time could stunt his growth and development. Long played just one full season at Oregon (with five starts) before winning the job at guard with the Bears his rookie season.
LB D.J. Williams’ stop of rookie RB Ka’Deem Carey resonated through the jam-packed stands as the Chicago Bears strapped full pads on for the first time at training camp on a warm, humid Sunday at Olivet Nazarene. Williams, who almost the entire second half of the 2013 season with a torn pectoral muscle, displayed the physical presence on this particular play that was sorely lacking on last year’s version of the Bears defense.
Pass protection drills between the offensive and defensive lines also punctuated Sunday’s workout. DT Nate Collins appeared to be fully recovered from last year’s ACL injury as he “won” two matchups against guards Ryan Groy and Dylan Gandy. I’ve gotten strength back,” Collins said. “I’m strong. It’s just being on the field, working with that knee brace, being explosive and taking on double teams, it’s a different type of strength. But my legs felt like they were in there, and I felt like I as holding up guys like I was supposed to.” Combatants Jordan Mills and Lamarr Houston matched up as well, with each getting the better of the other in the drill.
Tempers flared between newcomer Lamarr Houston and second-year offensive tackle Jordan Mills as the Chicago Bears worked out in helmets and shorts for the second day of training camp before a throng estimated at 6,000 on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Saturday.
Houston and Mills had to be separated by teammates and pulled off the field momentarily to cool down after the skirmish. Houston was counseled by Bears General Manager Phil Emery after the incident. Previously, Houston and Mills had a minor altercation during the Bears organized team activities this spring.
Though not believed to be serious in nature, it marked the second straight day that players engaged one another in extra curricular activities. CB Sherrick McManis and WR Eric Weems got into it briefly at Friday’s opening workout.