Injuries took center stage on Monday during the fourth day of practice at Chicago Bears’ training camp as several notable players were not practicing.
Here are notes from Monday’s practice.
- Injury List becoming Crowded
The number of players injured continue to grow for the Bears in training camp. On Monday, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery; defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff; cornerback Tim Jennings; and wide receiver Terrence Toliver did not practice with the team. Right guard Matt Slauson also was not at practice though it may not be injury-related.
With Jeffery and Ratliff sidelined, that created an opportunity for wide receiver Eric Weems and rookie defensive lineman Will Sutton. Weems worked with the first team offense while Sutton worked with the first team defense.
The injuries to Ratliff and Jeffery are not believed to be serious at this point.
- Brian De La Puente Works With First Team Offensive Line
Former New Orleans Saints’ center Brian De La Puente worked in place of Kyle Long with the first team offensive line on Monday. Long continues to recover from a viral infection and should be ready for practice soon.
With Eben Britton struggling in the early portions of training camp, De La Puente was given the opportunity on Monday.
De La Puente figures to be the long-term solution for the Bears’ at the center position. For now, De La Puente will serve as an insurance policy on the offensive line.
- Chris Williams Showing Value For The Bears
Former Canadian league wide receiver Chris Williams is in camp with the Bears and competing to be the team’s primary kick returner. In the early portions of camp, Williams is proving to be more than a returner for the Bears.
Chris Williams keeps making plays every day. Proving to be much more than a returner during #Bears camp.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) July 28, 2014
Behind Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, the Bears are thin at the wide receiver position. Williams could latch on with the team if he proves to be a legitimate receiving option to go along with his kick returning abilities.