The Chicago Bears were once again on the practice field Thursday morning for what was the seventh day of training camp. The Bears have nearly had a week of practice and despite the fact that the Bears have a new coaching staff, the goal is unchanged. The goal of any NFL training camp is for the team to remain healthy.
That goal has been tested in recent days.
Both left tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Scott have been sidelined with injuries in recent days and neither of the two practiced on Friday. Interesting enough, that led to the Bears shuffling offensive linemen and at one point, J’Marcus Webb was on the left side of the line. Webb is expected to start the season as the team’s right tackle.
Bushrod and Scott are the first two left tackles on the depth chart respectively. The injuries to the two tackles has shed light on just how thin the Bears are at the offensive line position.
If Bushrod were to miss a significant amount of time, the depth of the Bears’ offensive line would certainly be tested.
Speaking of injuries, middle linebacker D.J. Williams is not expected to participate in practice for at least the next week. In his place, second round draft pick Jon Bostic has been practicing with the first team.
Bostic shown some impressive leadership traits on Thursday.
Lance Briggs, who calls the plays and formations for the Bears’ defense, received a veteran’s day off on Thursday.
Bostic stepped up and was the linebacker calling the plays and formations for the Bears’ first team during practice. Bostic is the verbal leader on the field for the Bears’ second team defense during practice.
- By all accounts, quarterback Jay Cutler was impressive during practice on Thursday. Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall on a deep pass while also making completions to Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett during the team’s 2-minute drill that resulted in a Cutler-Jeffery touchdown.
- Defensive end Corey Wootton left the field during practice and did not return. It is believed that Wootton injured his hip, though, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman does not believe the injury is serious. Wootton is scheduled to take a MRI.