Bears D. J. Williams hobbled

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Injuries continued to dominate much of the Chicago Bears training camp news on Wednesday.

The most serious injury appeared to be a calf strain sustained by new Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams. Williams, signed as a free agent after beginning his career at Denver, was carted off the field early in Wednesday’s practice. The Bears listed him as week-to-week, and it will be interesting to see if his ailment opens the door for second-round draft choice Jon Bostic. Williams was trying to kick-start his career after off-field issues forced his exit from Denver.


Injuries show up at Bears camp

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Heading into Monday’s practice, the Chicago Bears had considered themselves fortunate to stay away from the injury bug biting several NFL teams.

Things changed quickly though, when veteran defensive lineman Turk McBride, bidding to win a backup job, went down with an Achilles tendon injury that will sideline him for the season during the morning practice. Later, left offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, a key free agent signee, had to leave practice early with what was described as a calf sprain. Fortunately, it appears to be minor and Bushrod is in a walking boot as a precaution.

Coach Marc Trestman felt badly about McBride’s season ending before it had a chance to start. That’s a tough one. He has worked so hard, probably as high effort a guy as we have on this team on a daily basis, since the spring. That’s really disappointing. We’re really disappointed for him.”  READ MORE

Bears defense ahead in first padded practice


Bears 2013 training camp3The defense stood out in the Chicago Bears first full pad practice of the 2013 training camp on Sunday morning.

Under conditions that more closely mirrored October than late July, first-year Bears head coach Marc Trestman watched his retooled offensive line struggle against pressure. “I thought the defense had the jump-start on us today and there were defensive
players who had edges,” Trestman said. “We have to clean up some of the things inside, and we’ll do that. Pretty normal for the first time. Usually the defense has the jump and it usually evens out in the end. I thought as we went along during practice and the competitive portions, we cleaned things up.”

Bears Claws Jeff Curts has more:

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Ball security has been an emphasis in the early stages of camp, but Sunday the defense forced two fumbles as offensive players were falling to the ground. Up front, defensive end Corey Wootton gave right offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb fits with his first step pressure.