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Bears mini-camp musings

 

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As the Chicago Bears prepare to wrap up their mandatory mini-camp after Wednesday’s practice and embark on a short summer respite, some notes and quotes from Lake Forest:

-WR Marquess Wilson’s broken foot suffered during Tuesday’s workout puts his Bears future in doubt. Already battling for the fourth or fifth spot in the receiver rotation, Wilson will likely miss all of training camp and perhaps the beginning of the regular season. His absence gives additional opportunity to Marc Mariani, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and this year’s seventh-round draft choice, Daniel Braverman.

Bears head coach John Fox reflected on the injury and Wilson’s mindset after suffering the latest in a string of medical setbacks. “Actually his state of mind was pretty good,” Fox said. “I talked to him. He was in a boot when he left yesterday. Had the normal test and whatnot, they did discover that it was re-fractured. But obviously disappointed like anybody who gets injured that has to require surgery. But he was in a good frame of mind.”

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Bears set training camp schedule

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With the Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp in the books, training camp can’t be far behind. As a sign that football season never really ends, the Bears released their upcoming training camp schedule.

The shortened camp, beginning with the players reporting date of July 27 and running through August 9, returns to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL for the 15th consecutive year.

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Bears host 64 players at rookie mini-camp

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The Chicago Bears are getting their first glimpse of their 2016 draft class at this weekend’s rookie mini-camp. The camp, which included single practices on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday also include participation from 32 invited tryout players and a handful of veterans with NFL experience.

First-round pick Leonard Floyd, the athletic, rangy but narrow-framed OLB from Georgia, is the main attraction, but the Bears are excited about the toughness and overall athletic skills of the remainder of the draftees.

As far as the tryout participants, NFL veteran OL Jeff Linkenbach had a handful of starts for Indianapolis from 20100-2013 before bouncing around the league the last couple of seasons.  READ MORE