Injury bug hits Bears DE Wootton

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Injuries have impacted Chicago Bears DE Corey Wootton through much of his early NFL career. Unfortunately, Thursday was another unlucky day when Wotton had to be carted off the field early in the Bears practice with a apparent hip injury.

Wootton will undergo an MRI, although the Bears believe it isn’t a serious injury. Still, Wootton’s play has been affected by previous injuries that cost him substantial play time and stunted his development. Last season, in which he remained healthy throughout, Wootton displayed a quick first step and pass rush skills, finishing with seven sacks in a breakout campaign.

Wootton’s injury opens the door for last year’s first-round pick, Shea McClellin, to step up and earn a possible starting job, depending on the severity and length of time Wootton’s injury. McClellin displayed some quickness and range last season, but the Bears are hoping he can become more consistent in his second year.

The defense was also without DE Jamaal Anderson, signed just prior to camp, with a minor knee injury, and LB Lance Briggs. Briggs was given a veteran’s day off. Briggs absence left the defensive play calling to rookie second-rounder Jon Bostic, and while Bears head coach Marc Trestman tried to contain his enthusiasm, it’s no secret that Bostic has impressed with his maturity and early camp play. “I’d like to temper the way I say things,” stated the first-year Bears coach. “it’s only Day 6 or 7. We’ve got a long way to go. And a true test of a first-year player is that he can sustain, durability-wise, energy-wise and have his legs under him. That’s how the guys who have been around make it. They’re consistent, and they’re continually ascending and we feel Jon’s on that track. We’ll see how it goes the rest of the way.”

Offensively, QB Jay Cutler continues to perform well in red zone drills where he has huge targets in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery at receiver, and tight end Martellus Bennett.

Offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Scott remain sidelined.

Paw Prints: LB D.J. Williams is listed as out for a week with a calf injury. He remains in a walking boot….Pro Bowl corner Tim Jennings missed his second consecutive practice for personal reasons….The Bears annual Family Fest is Saturday at Soldier Field.

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