It has been almost five months since safety Chris Conte had shoulder surgery. His future with the team was uncertain. His future is still uncertain today, but he will at least get a chance to show what he has to offer the Chicago Bears in 2014.
Conte will make his preseason debut on Friday when the Bears take on the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks.
Conte was taken off of the Physically Unable to Perform list on August 10, but the Bears wanted him to go through more practices before they put him in a game, and he did not play last Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I feel good. I’m excited to go out there and play,” Conte said to reporters on Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get back out there on the field and play football.”
“Chris had a good week of practice,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s running around. He’s involved in terms of what we’re doing. So we’ll see. He’s going to play. It looks certainly that he’s going to play. And we haven’t decided how much yet. But he’ll be out there and he’ll be competing and he’s back in it to try to show us what he can do and we’re excited to have him back.”
Last season, Conte combined with Major Wright to give the Bears the worst safety duo in the NFL. This offseason, the Bears picked up Ryan Mundy, Adrian Wilson and Danny McCray, and drafted Brock Vereen in the hope of improving the position.
Trestman has not decided on the starters as of yet, so Conte will have a chance to redeem himself. Craig Steltz, who was also taken off the PUP list, will also make his debut and will be in the mix at safety, though probably not as a starter.