BOURBONNAIS – The Bears wrapped up their stay in Bourbonnais on Tuesday with their final practice open to the public.
It happened to be the cloudiest and coldest day of camp, and the Bears were just in shorts and shoulder pads two days before their second preseason game against the Jaguars.
“It seems like we just got here, and now we’ve got one more day of walkthroughs and we’re moving back, 48 hours until game time,” Marc Trestman said. “It was a very good camp. I told them after practice I thought we did a great job of focusing when we need to focus on our work. I think you saw that, for those of you who have been here every day.”
Jeremiah Ratliff, Matt Forte and Charles Tillman took the day off, while Lance Briggs returned following his veteran’s day on Monday.
Chris Williams (hamstring), Isaiah Frey (hamstring), Eben Britton (hamstring) and Brian de la Puente (knee) remained out. Dante Rosario missed his first practice of camp because of calf soreness.
Jordan Mills also sat out again with his sore foot, as Michael Ola took the first-team reps at right tackle.
“I really think it’s just day to day. He’s in that boot. He’s out of the boot. He’s doing the things he needs to do,” Trestman said. “I don’t want to put a time limit on this thing. We’ll just see. As I’ve always said, I’ve been consistent, when the trainers and doctors say he’s ready to go, he’ll be out here. I don’t make those decisions.”
Chris Conte practiced in full again, but Trestman would not commit to Conte playing against the Jaguars; that will be up to the trainers.
Personnel updates: All five safeties, Ryan Mundy, Danny McCray, Brock Vereen, Adrian Wilson and Chris Conte, rotated with the first-team defense, with Mundy and McCray starting and taking the most reps. … Sherrick McManis played corner with the first-team nickel, as Kelvin Hayden didn’t take part in team drills. … Will Sutton played first-team three-technique in place of Ratliff. … Eric Weems and Josh Morgan were the first receivers in off the bench with the starting offense.
Quick hits: Jimmy Clausen, who gets the nod as the No. 2 QB for Thursday, had another sharp day, including strikes to Josh Bellamy and Armanti Edwards on one drive. … Kyle Fuller knocked down a pass intended for Alshon Jeffery on a slant in the red zone. … Jon Bostic got praise from Trestman for filling his gap on a Shaun Draughn run play. … The best play of the day came when Clausen dropped a pass into the outstretched arms of Zach Miller for a touchdown. A few plays later, Miller caught another touchdown, this one from Jordan Palmer. ... The starters on offense and defense had fun supporting their units, going back and forth hooting and hollering, offense vs. defense, when the third team practiced in the red zone to conclude practice.