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    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

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    Sorry this is late, but the morning practice was rained out and I just got done fighting w/ATT UVerse for the past 3.5 hrs, but that's a different story.

    http://www.hubarkush.com/2013/08/02/bears-training-camp-notebook-august-2/ae92vmv/

    Bears Training-Camp Notebook: August 2
    By KEVIN FISHBAIN - kfishbain@shawmedia.com - Friday, August 2, 2013 6:46 p.m. CDT
    One of the few position battles we are watching, at the No. 2 tight end spot, potentially got a new player on Friday. Veteran tight end Leonard Pope was in for a visit.
    A 6-foot-8, seventh-year veteran, Pope played in every game from 2010-12 with the Chiefs and Steelers. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are expected to sign Pope pending a physical.
    Pope would challenge Steve Maneri, Kyle Adams and Gabe Miller to be the team’s blocking tight end behind Martellus Bennett — Fendi Onobun is more of a pass catcher. Trestman noted that the team has an ideal, three-down tight end in Bennett, but blocking is important at the position, and likely why Pope is getting a chance. “The tight end position demands that you initially have to block the point," Trestman said. "That's number one and from there we try to work with our skill sets the best we can."
    Here are the other notes from Friday afternoon's practice:
    Back-Shoulder Success: We saw a few back-shoulder throws by the quarterbacks today. The best one came early in practice on a throw from Cutler to Alshon Jeffery, who displayed great awareness to keep his feet in-bounds. “Jay and quarterbacks throughout this league are capable of doing that and it’s a very important gift,” Trestman said of the route.
    Love for Frey: Second-year cornerback Isaiah Frey worked as a first-team nickel corner in practice with Charles Tillman taking the day off. Frey has had a very impressive camp. “[Frey’s] continually playing at a high level, making plays, knocking passes down, creating opportunities for himself,” Trestman said.
    Soldier Field Debut: Trestman and the Bears head to their home field on Saturday night for “Family Fest,” an annual practice at Soldier Field that ends with autographs for the fans. Trestman made it very clear that this is just a regular practice. “We have a lot of guys who are competing for jobs on this team and we've got to remember when we go to the stadium tomorrow night we've got a practice that's important to the development of our team. That's No. 1,” he said, then adding, “I think that we're excited to be around our fans. I know the players are and that will even amp practice up a little more with the fans around us.”
    Quick Hits: Charles Tillman, Julius Peppers and Brandon Marshall took the practice off. Trestman said this is part of their plan with Marshall, who had offseason hip surgery. … Corey Wootton is day-to-day with a hip injury. Jermon Bushrod (calf), Jonathan Scott (knee), Jamaal Anderson (knee) and D.J. Williams (calf) remained out, though Williams was not wearing a boot. … Linebacker Blake Costanzo and safety Chris Conte each collected pick-sixes during practice. … With injuries coming left and right to the Bears and several teams around the NFL, Trestman continues to emphasize that players stay on their feet in these drills to avoid getting hurt.
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    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2013/8/2/4583144/chicago-bears-training-camp-8-2-recap-august

    Chicago Bears Training Camp: 8/2 Recap
    By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.@wiltfongjr on Aug 2 2013, 5:23p 46
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    Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman diverted from the usual 9am practice time because of bad weather, and scheduled a 3pm practice for Friday afternoon. It just ended, and we've got you covered with the recap right now...
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    Middle linebacker D.J. Williams was not in his walking boot during lunch at the Olivet Nazarene University dining hall. The walking boot remains off of left tackle Jermon Bushrod, but he's still being held out of practice. Reserve tackle Jonathan Scott is also being held out, leaving Eben Britton to get 1st team LT reps.
    Corey Wootton is still sidelined with a hip injury, and defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson is also being held out. Wootton is listed as day to day, so the MRI must have been good news.
    Other Bears sitting out were Charles Tillman, Brandon Marshall, and Julius Peppers.
    Kyle Moore filled in at DE for Peppers, Kelvin Hayden started for Peanut, and Joe Anderson started at wide out with Alshon Jeffery. Shea McClellin is again starting at LDE for Wootton.
    Tim Jennings and Lance Briggs were both back practicing.
    Now on to some super informational Tweets about practice!
    Someone was feisty today...
    Who snuck that last one in there...
    Cutler bad!

    What are your thoughts about practice today?
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    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

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    John Mullin @CSNMoonMullin
    Kyle long at RG in goal line and red zone seiions for 1s.
    4:44 PM - 2 Aug 2013
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    Jeremy Stoltz @BearReport
    #Bears WR Marquess Wilson increased reps with second team today
    4:35 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Jen Lada @JenLada
    Just saw Trestman running dig route alongside EBennett. Encouraging whole way. #Bears
    3:43 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Jeremy Stoltz @BearReport
    With Hayden out wide in place of Tillman, CB Isaiah Frey in at nickel back with starters. #Bears
    Rafer Weigel @RaferWeigel
    Charles Tillman got a vets day off and watches at #Bearbonnais pic.twitter.com/8SufHUbyZH
    John Mullin @CSNMoonMullin
    Cutler overthrows earl Bennett, Chris conte int.

    Lester A Wiltfong Jr @wiltfongjr
    #Bears fans, there is nothing to be concerned with in regards to the many scuffles today at camp. It happens at every level of football.

    Rafer Weigel @RaferWeigel
    #Bears Chris Conte on scrum with M Bennett. "We're all brothers. Sometimes brothers fight"
    5:18 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Bob LeGere @BobLeGere
    On next play S Anthony Walters gives rookie WR Marquess Wilson a shot and coach Marc Trestman momentarily stops practice for brief lecture.
    4:06 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Rafer Weigel @RaferWeigel
    Photog Dwight Payne replaying the video of Bennett's punch on Hayden for the writers who missed it because he got the best shot #Bearbonnais
    4:31 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
    Re-watched the fight w/M Bennett. Conte ran off sideline and jumped in. Like 5 DBs punching down on the unicorn. Knocked his helmet off.
    4:21 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Jeremy Stoltz @BearReport
    After reviewing the tape, Martellus Bennett threw a punch at Kelvin Hayden. Thanks @RaferWeigel
    4:14 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Bob LeGere @BobLeGere
    #Bears Martellus Bennett and S Major Wright go at it again and have to be separated by teammates.
    4:15 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Bob LeGere @BobLeGere
    Earlier in #Bears practice Martellus Bennett tossed S Major Wright to the ground then jousted with S Chris Conte and S Craig Steltz.
    4:08 PM - 2 Aug 2013

    Bob LeGere @BobLeGere
    #Bears CB Kelvin Hayden flings TE Martellus Bennett to the ground setting off a scrum. Bennett's 2nd incident of this afternoon's practice.
    4:05 PM - 2 Aug 2013
    2 Retweets

    These are the tweets from windy city gridiron, for some reason they didn't post w/the rest of the article.
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    http://www.hubarkush.com/2013/08/02/run-game-gets-extra-work-in-physical-bears-practice/aexc8xw/

    Run game gets extra work in physical Bears practice
    Most of the focus of Friday's physicality landed on tight end Martellus Bennett, but coach Marc Trestman was pleased with the physical play in the trenches.
    By KEVIN FISHBAIN - kfishbain@shawmedia.com - Friday, August 2, 2013 6:40 p.m. CDT
    BOURBONNAIS — Things got physical during a long day at Bears training camp. Weather pushed the practice back six hours, as head coach Marc Trestman said it was a “swimming pool” on the fields for the normal 9 a.m. start.
    When things got underway in the humidity, Martellus Bennett certainly set the tone with several scuffles, but the play on the field before the whistle also allowed the Bears to show off some physicality.
    “The effort was outstanding. Special-teams wise and in all phases that we practiced today, just excellent, highly competitive,” Trestman said.
    All eyes are on Jay Cutler and how the new passing attack will look, but Matt Forte and Michael Bush will be very involved in the offense, and Trestman was pleased with the way both sides of the ball handled a large amount of run plays.
    “I thought there was a lot of ebb and flow, especially in the run game, period. It was physical,” he said. “The defensive line would get great fits and make the stop, and then offensively, the guys had a chance to create some holes. We did a lot of work with our trapping and cutting game today — not cutting people — just moving guards and pulling people and things like that.”
    The Bears also spent a lot of time in the red zone during Friday afternoon’s session, in part to save the players’ legs after a long day.
    “We spent a lot of time [in the red zone], really to shorten the field and take a little bit off their legs and still got a lot accomplished in a highly competitive manner,” Trestman said.
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4684429/brawl-livens-up-bears-practice#more

    Brawl livens up Bears practice
    August, 2, 2013
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    8:27
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Tight end Martellus Bennett provided the day's excitement Friday at Chicago Bears training camp, when he became involved in a brawl with nickel corner Kelvin Hayden that eventually turned into a scrum of several players in the middle of the practice field at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Shortly after catching a pass from Jay Cutler, Bennett turned up field as Hayden grabbed the tight end from behind and pulled him to the ground. Bennett rose and knocked down Hayden only to find several defensive players, including safeties Major Wright, Anthony Walters, and Chris Conte -- among others -- on top of him. Coaches and players quickly rushed to the middle of the field to break up the melee.

    "It's hot, you know. I'm actually a mean person. I know you all think I joke around ... but I am not. I am very aggressive," Bennett said. "They are aggressive with me. I am aggressive with them. You come hard at me, I come hard at you all day. I don't back down for anything, anyone."

    Bennett claimed he never threw a punch during the brawl, but he certainly appeared to be punching, as did several others involved.

    After the fight, the team huddled in the middle of the field. Bennett walked away to one of the auxiliary practice fields, seemingly to regain his composure. Bennett stayed away for approximately three minutes, before rejoining the rest of his teammates.

    "I don't know, I stepped out for a second," Bennett said. "Everybody is aggressive. Everybody is a little tired. Everybody is a little sore. Guys do something you don't like, you just react. I am a blue-collar football player, and that is what I always will be and I enjoy playing like that."

    Bears coach Marc Trestman dismissed the fight as a common occurrence at training camp, and pointed out that "the guys kept their composure and moved on."

    "That's what we expect," Trestman said. "It's going to happen in a game where somebody's going to lose their mind. When one guy does, it's not who he is. He just lost his composure for a minute."

    Wright considered the situation "just football," but admitted fights can often give a team energy during an otherwise mundane practice.

    Leonard Pope visited the Bears on Friday, and there's a chance the team could sign him, judging by the fact it waived Brody Eldridge. A third-round pick from Georgia in 2006, Pope has played for the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
    • Cornerback Tim Jennings returned to practice after being excused the two previous days to tend to a family matter.
    • With Charles Tillman receiving a day off to rest, Hayden played the starting cornerback opposite Jennings, which thrust second-year veteran Isaiah Frey into the nickel role.

    "He's having a very competitive camp," Trestman said of Frey. "He's been very consistent throughout. He's continually playing at a high level, making plays, knocking passes down, creating opportunities for himself. He's in a terrific competition with other guys on this team. He's shown himself every single day. He's done a lot of good things."
    • Conte intercepted Cutler on the first play of seven-on-seven drills.
    • The Bears conduct practice at Soldier Field on Saturday for their annual "Family Fest."
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4684427/de-wootton-classified-as-day-to-day

    DE Wootton classified as day to day
    August, 2, 2013
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    By wrightmc | ESPNChicago.com
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears never disclosed results of the MRI exam on the hip of defensive end Corey Wootton, but said Friday the injury isn't serious and his recovery is "day to day."

    "We'll monitor it," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "The feeling coming out of today is that he's getting better. We'll let [head athletic trainer] Chris [Hanks] monitor it, and he'll be out here when he gets the OK to do that."

    Wootton was one of eight players held out of Friday's workout, a group that included receiver Brandon Marshall (hip), cornerback Charles Tillman, linebacker D.J. Williams (calf), and offensive tackles Jonathan Scott (knee) and Jermon Bushrod (calf), as well as defensive ends Julius Peppers and Jamaal Anderson (knee).

    Marshall, Tillman, and Peppers received a day of rest. Although Marshall continues to recover from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery, Trestman said the receiver's day off from practice Friday was a part of the plan.

    "We were going to go three days on and one day off," Trestman said. "We did that the first week. We decided to go three days on, today off, so he could work tomorrow night, which will be a shorter practice. It's something I think he wanted to do as well as to practice tomorrow. Right now, we expect that he will. He's feeling good, and we'll continue to go forward with the plan."

    Wootton, meanwhile, has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, especially his first two seasons. A third-year player, Wootton produced a breakout season in 2012, posting seven sacks and becoming a full-time starter. Wootton also stood out through the first week of training camp, and appeared to hold the advantage over Shea McClellin in the derby for the starting job opposite Peppers.

    Wootton became the third defensive lineman to suffer an injury since the Bears arrived at camp Thursday. The Bears terminated the contract of veteran Turk McBride after he suffered a ruptured Achilles on Monday in the second practice in full pads of camp. Anderson also sat out Thursday.

    The club also lost defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis at the start of camp when he decided to retire rather than report with the rest of his teammates.
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      RT @mikecwright: Not practicing: Marshall, Tillman, DJ Williams, Bushrod, J Scott, Peppers, Anderson, Wootton. B. Eldridge is MIA.
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    Looks like Bennett needs to stop fighting with every db on the team. I mean, play hard but these guys are your team mate seems like he is constant denominator in all these fights. Cool down!
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    Apparently the team is not happy w/TE's not named Bennett and Fendi. The signing of Pope just put Steve and Gabe and Adams on notice.
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    I was never exactly wowed with Eldridge (who never did much) and Adams (who never showed much). I'll just be thankful if we can scrape up just one adequate depth TE.

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