12:18 AM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Bears safeties Chris Conte, Ryan Mundy in limbo

Two safeties returned to practice, but their roles remained in limbo. Chris Conte had limited work Monday, his first day back since suffering a concussion Aug. 22 against the Seahawks. Presumed starter Ryan Mundy returned, too, after suffering a head gash in the same game. Coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will wait and see before naming starters, suggesting Wednesday as the earliest date. Conte played only 22 preseason snaps — all in Seattle — before the...

Chicago Sun-Times

Jordan Mills vs. Bills: Right tackle expects to play

A nagging sore left foot kept Jordan Mills out of the Bears’ four exhibition games, but the second-year right tackle suggested Monday that the injury wouldn’t have kept him out of any regular-season action. “If I had to, I would have [played],” Mills said. “But if the trainers felt I had to sit out, I would have tried my best to get back in. “We have a great training staff, and they’re here for my best interest, so if I had to sit out, I’d sit out....

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bears' Jordan Mills 'very ready' for opener

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Second-year right tackle Jordan Mills missed the entire preseason as the Chicago Bears took a conservative approach to his rehabilitation from offseason foot surgery, but the expectation is he’ll be ready to play Sunday when the club hosts the Buffalo Bills in the season opener. Mills participated in practice at Halas Hall on Monday, and later compared his absence to riding a bike, saying, “You never forget how to ride it.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears release Kelvin Hayden, Eben Britton

While the release of veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden and veteran offensive tackle Eben Britton was unexpected, there were no huge surprises as the Bears reached the 53-player roster limit Saturday. Hayden, a starting nickel back in 2012 who missed the 2013 season with an injury, didn’t make an impact in the preseason and was cut in favor of Demontre Hurst, an undrafted free agent from Oklahama in 2013 who spent last season on the practice squad. Britton, the...

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Chicago Bears cut-down analysis

Most significant move: After finishing last season on the injured reserve due to a hamstring injury in training camp, veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden made it through the preseason healthy and appeared to perform well throughout camp and the preseason to make the team. Perhaps Hayden became a victim of the numbers game, as the Chicago Bears decided to go into the regular season without him. The Bears drafted Kyle Fuller in the first round, and turned heads throughout the preseason which likely gave the club enough confidence to use him opposite Charles Tillman on passing downs, while sliding...

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears coaches saw enough to make a call on concussed Chris Conte

Chris Conte played “fast” and “aggressive” with “no hesitation” before suffering a concussion on Friday, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said Monday. Despite having played only part of one game after recovering from shoulder surgery, the Bears have seen enough to be able to judge the safety. “With the time available, we felt like that was enough to make a clean evaluation on him,” Tucker said. Coach Marc Trestman called Conte “day-to-day,”...

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Chicago Bears release safety Craig Steltz

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears terminated the contract of vested veteran safety Craig Steltz on Monday, the team announced. The Bears' roster now stands at 77 active players in advance of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT deadline to trim the roster to 75. Steltz had re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum on March 18. Steltz spent the first couple weeks of training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) after undergoing offseason groin surgery, but returned to action last Friday in Seattle where he recorded a tackle on special teams.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seahawks injuries: Heath Farwell needs surgery; Jeremy Lane out with groin strain; Bruce Irvin returning soon

Two of the standout Seahawks from Seattle’s preseason victory over the Chicago Bears last week are now sidelined with groin injuries. Linebacker Heath Farwell, a nine-year veteran who has been a key special teams player in Seattle since 2011, will likely require surgery on a groin strain he suffered in Friday’s 34-6 victory at CenturyLink […]

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Chris Conte still out, but others return

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte missed practice Monday as he goes through the NFL's return-to-play concussion protocol, while Jared Allen (shoulder), Eben Britton (hamstring), Kyle Fuller (ankle) and Isaiah Frey (hamstring) returned to workouts inside the Walter Payton Center as the team preps for the exhibition finale at Cleveland. Conte suffered a concussion during the second half of the club's loss Friday at Seattle. It was his first live action since missing the entire offseason and much of training camp after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times

Seahawks injury report

Here's the initial injury report following Friday night's games against the Bears: --- Coach Pete Carroll said linebacker Heath Farwell "did something to his groin'' on the play in the fourth quarter where he stumbled in the end zone defending a pass. --- TE Cooper Helfet hurt his shoulder and knee and did not return. --- TE  Luke Willson was tested for a concussion but came back in. --- LB Brock Coyle hurt an ankle but came back in. --- SS Jeron Johnson had a sore foot but Carroll said "it didn't seem to be too bad. We have to wait and see.'' --- LT Russell Okung and C Max Unger each came...

Seattle Sidelines | Daily Herald

Postgame quotes, notes and injury updates from Seahawks 34, Bears 6

First off, the injury list, which is neither long nor too serious sounding, at least based on what Pete Carroll said...

Chicago Sun-Times

Jay Cutler sacked twice, Chris Conte leaves with concussion in blowout loss

SEATTLE — Before the Bears even left for Seattle, coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler did their best to dissuade any measuring-stick contentions about their exhibition against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Friday. And it was the same message they tried conveying after getting blown out 34-6 – highlighted by the Seahawks’ 31-0 rampage in the first half when the starters played – at CenturyLink Field. “We got to look at this game as...

New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston

Sebastian Vollmer absent once again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was not spotted at the start of the team’s practice Wednesday, as he missed his third practice in a row for an undisclosed reason. Vollmer’s situation bears monitoring as he has not been seen on the practice field since playing 22 snaps in Friday’s preseason win against the Eagles. His injury history is well documented, which includes a broken ankle that landed him on injured reserve in the eighth week of the 2013 season In other injury news, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga has progressed to the point...

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Chris Conte ready for preseason debut

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Nearly five months since undergoing shoulder surgery, Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte will make his preseason debut Friday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. “I feel good. I’m excited to go out there and play,” Conte said Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get back out there on the field and play football.” Conte, along with fellow safety Craig Steltz, were activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bears hold out six from practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears kicked off a simulated regular-season game week Monday in preparation for Friday’s exhibition matchup against the Seattle Seahawks with a few players sitting out of practice due to injuries. The Bears held out guards Brian de la Puente (MCL sprain) and Eben Britton (hamstring), cornerbacks Isaiah Frey (hamstring) and Kyle Fuller (ankle), right tackle Jordan Mills (foot) and linebacker Lance Briggs (knee bruise).

Dallas Cowboys Blog | ESPN Dallas

Melton (groin) needs preseason action

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton will play at some point this preseason. The question is whether that happens this weekend in Miami or in the preseason finale against the Denver Broncos. The Cowboys believe Melton needs the work because he is coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 13 games last season with the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys sat Melton for the preseason opener as a precaution, and a groin injury sidelined him for Saturday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Florida Times-Union

Jaguars sign fullback, offensive tackle after injuries hit

The Jaguars made four roster moves today after injuries hit during Thursday's preseason loss at Chicago. Waived was receiver Chad Hall, who was signed Aug. 6 when the Jaguars were depleted at the position. Waived was fullback Bradie Ewing, who sustained a season-ending wrist injury against the Bears. When he clears waivers, he will revert to injured reserve. Signed were fullback Harvey Unga and offensive tackle Cody Booth. read more

Chicago Sun-Times

Injured foot lands Bears TE Zach Miller on IR

The Bears had some big plans for tight end Zach Miller, and Martellus Bennett was genuinely excited about them. “We’ve been working together on a lot of different things,” ­Bennett said. “We had some ­special packages with both of us out there. So it’s unfortunate he has to face another injury.” The Bears put Miller on injured reserve Friday, a day after he hurt his left foot in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Jordan...

Northwest Herald

Bears Notes: Two tough injuries impact game early

CHICAGO – Two of the best players we’ve seen during Bears training camp left Thursday night’s preseason game with injuries and did not return.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Palmer: Miller's injury 'heartbreaking'

CHICAGO -- Finally, it seemed Zach Miller conquered all the injuries that were derailing his NFL career, only to watch it come crashing down Thursday during Chicago’s 20-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Playing against the team that drafted him in 2009, Miller suffered a foot injury during the second quarter and was carted off the field. Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer, once a teammate of Miller’s in Jacksonville, called the injury “heartbreaking.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Kyle Fuller out with ankle injury

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller is out of Thursday's matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars after suffering an ankle injury during the game's opening kickoff. The severity of Fuller's injury wasn't immediately known. There's a chance the Bears could be taking a cautious approach with Fuller, who played extensively last week during the team's preseason opening win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Fuller walked along the sideline under his own power, and didn't appear to be in any pain.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bears waiting for info on Kyle Fuller injury

Kyle Fuller missed the majority of the Chicago’s win Thursday night over the Jacksonville Jaguars after suffering an ankle injury, but the club couldn’t provide an update on the first-round cornerback. “I think we’ll see where he is as we get into Sunday and Monday,” said Bears coach Marc Trestman, speaking of both Fuller and recently waived/injured tight end Zach Miller. Fuller suffered the ankle injury during the game’s opening kickoff, but was later seen walking along the sideline under his own power.

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Zach Miller waived/injured by Bears

The Chicago Bears announced on Friday they have waived/injured tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a foot injury during the second quarter of the club’s win Thursday night over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The severity of Miller’s injury wasn’t immediately disclosed, as he was visiting a doctor Friday undergoing an MRI exam and a CT scan as the club made the announcement. Despite the setback, Miller was still in good spirits. Signed by the Bears last December, Miller put together a strong showing at training camp and caught six passes for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the...

Chicago Sun-Times

Injury to Kyle Fuller stings Bears defense

It was at best a precursor, at worst an omen: The Bears’ first-round draft pick — and one of their most exciting defenders in training camp — left the game Thursday before the Jaguars’ first drive. Cornerback Kyle Fuller injured his right ankle and was sidelined for the rest of the game at Soldier Field. In terms of things to fret about, poor preseason performance is nowhere near losing a player to injury. But try telling that to the starting defenders, who...

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears 1st-round pick Kyle Fuller, TE Zach Miller injured in 1st half

Two noteworthy names were added to the Bears’ growing list of injured players Thursday during exhibition play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bears lost two of their best performers from training camp — rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller and tight end Zach Miller — in the first half. It overshadowed a solid showing by quarterback Jay Cutler and a rough opening for the first-team defense. Fuller left after the opening kickoff with an ankle injury, and Miller...

Chicago Sun-Times

Cutler has another strong outing in Bears’ comeback win

The Bears have their share of issues after an uneven-at-best performance in a 20-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their second preseason game Thursday night at Soldier Field. But they looked good in one area where they can’t afford to fail — Jay Cutler was sharp again. First-round draft pick Kyle Fuller suffered an ankle injury on the opening kickoff and did not return. Eric Weems lost a fumble on a kickoff return, leading to a Jaguars touchdown. Matt...

Florida Times-Union

Jaguars notebook: Toby Gerhart makes debut; rookie Allen Robinson still sidelined

CHICAGO | One practice into his return from a hip flexor injury that cost him 11 days of training camp, Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart made his preseason debut Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, rushing six times for 18 yards and catching one pass for eight yards. “I was excited, maybe a little overexcited,” Gerhart said at halftime. “It was great to be back out there and put on a Jaguars jersey for the first time. I think I tried to do too much and missed one or two [plays] out there.” read more

Chicago Bears Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bears announce nine out for Jaguars

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears announced nine players won’t suit up for their matchup Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field. The list includes receivers Marquess Wilson and Chris Williams, safeties Craig Steltz and Chris Conte, cornerback Isaiah Frey, center Brian de la Puente, guard Jordan Mills, tight end Dante Rosario and defensive end Willie Young. Wilson is expected to miss time in the regular season due to a fractured collarbone, while Williams is sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.