Over recent days, the dark side of the opening weekend of training camps for NFL teams has been on display.
On Saturday, two notable NFL players suffered season ending injuries.
Baltimore Ravens’ tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury that required surgery and is expected to miss the entire season for the Ravens. Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also received a season-ending diagnosis after tearing his ACL.
These two cases certainly were not comforting on the eve of the Bears practicing in pads for the first time this year on Sunday.
Fortunately, the Bears got through padded practice on Sunday without any injuries.
Despite the Bears wearing pads for the first time in training camp on Sunday, the hitting appeared to be toned down.
For a 1st practice in full pads #Bears have been light on hitting. Very little sweet sounds of shoulder pads crunching on impact.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) July 28, 2013
The intensity of the Bears practices will likely pick up this week, with it being the team’s first full week of practicing in pads.
- It was not the greatest of practices for the Bears’ offensive line unit on Saturday. The Bears’ offensive line struggled with picking up the blitz packages from the team’s defense including one play where Julius Peppers made easy work of Jermon Bushrod.
- To that end, Trestman saw some good and bad from rookie offensive guard Kyle Long.
- Chicago Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman admitted that he is hopeful that the team will have their starting offensive line in place by the first week of the season, but did not rule out the idea of a rotation.