While there were no controversial issues with the Soldier Field field on Saturday, the Chicago Bears could not catch a break as injuries continued to pile up for the team.
Entering the Bears practice on Saturday in front of 29,000 fans at Soldier Field, the likes of offensive tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Scott; defensive end Jamaal Anderson; and middle linebacker D.J. Williams were all held out of Saturday’s practice.
Defensive end Corey Wootton, who had been dealing with a hip injury in recent days, participated in the individual drills on Saturday.
“[I’m] feeling better. I did individual [drills] today. I just kind of tweaked it,” Wootton said. “I’m just trying to get back in the swing of things. There’s a little bit [of discomfort]. I’m just trying to work through it, be smart at the same time, and just come back when I’m healthy.” -Corey Wootton, ESPN Chicago
Wootton figures to be an important part of the Bears’ defense. Wootton is expected to line up on the opposite side of Julius Peppers and figures to build off his productive season with the Bears last season.
Wootton did not participate in team drills.
By the time the Bears’ practice concluded on Saturday, two more players have been added on the injury list.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett collided with safety Chris Conte, and after the collision, Bears’ trainers were evaluating the wide receiver for a possible concussion.
The results of Bennett’s concussion evaluation were not made available. With the quick-tempo that Marc Trestman is instilling for the Bears’ offense, Bennett would seem to benefit from the Bears’ formations.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden also was injured during Saturday’s practice. Hayden suffered a strained hamstring and is listed as week-to-week.