Please show the proper respect to the daughter of the legendary George Halas.
#Bears matriarch Virginia McCaskey at practice today.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 6, 2013
Now on to the who's practicing portion of the recap.
Matt Forte was held out of practice, for what appeared to be nothing more than a veterans rest day. Tackle Jonathan Scott was out after practicing yesterday. Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod is back participating in team drills.
Middle linebacker D.J. Williams remains in a walking boot.
For some good info on concussions, this is from WCG member akn, who dropped this yesterday in the practice recap thread.
We would need more specific information to make any assumptions about hightened susceptibility.
For example, dizziness (of the virtigo/lightheadedness kind) is the 2nd most common symptom of concussions (following headache), so it doesn't say much. We don't know if he is experiencing this dizziness at rest (which would be discouraging after 2 days) or when they have him do some light activity (which is normal for recovery after 2 days). Over 85% of concussions resolve in 7-10 days. And while the balance thing is a pretty specific indicator of a (bad) concussion, it isn't very sensitive.
The only clear evidence that speaks towards Bennett's heightened susceptibility are his previous concussions, but that is oversimplifying things. Yes, a history of multiple concussions makes it more likely to get concussed again, but that is a pretty non-specific predictor. If that's all we went by, then you'd have to more worried about Cutler than Bennett. There are in fact several other factors that come into play, such as taking longer and longer to recover from successive concussions (I don't remember how long Bennett took in the past), or smaller and smaller impacts causing the concussions, or whether the player has a previous history of psych or neuro disorders, etc.
Now on to some practice highlights via Twitter.
Bears WRs Jeffery and Marshall make QB Cutler look good on back to back plays, pullin in throws behind em for big gains. @rrstar_sports— Jay Taft (@JayTaft) August 6, 2013
Stephen Paea continues to show impressive power and strength in individual pass rushing drill.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 6, 2013
Nate Collins having a nice practice. Looking good in pass rushing drill and just blocked a pass at the line of scrimmage.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 6, 2013
Heck of a block by TE Steve Maneri sealing off Tim Jennings on an end around. #Bears— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) August 6, 2013
#Bears using DT Henry Melton as stand up rover. They did this in OTAs. 1st time in camp so far— Jeremy Stoltz (@BearReport) August 6, 2013
#Bears DT Henry Melton with deflection and pick of Cutler— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 6, 2013
Will Mel Tucker bring some more zone blitz concepts to the Bears?
Seeing more interior linemen like Henry Melton in upward stance and dropping into coverage while LB's and safeties blitz. #Bears.— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) August 6, 2013
Stop the presses, an Eric Weems sighting!
Eric Weems lining up with B Marshall and A Jeffery with 1st team at WR with Earl Bennett out while also working hard on ST #Bearbonnais.— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) August 6, 2013
Bomb over middle to Joe Anderson from Jay Cutler. Crowd goes crazy.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 6, 2013
And speaking of crazy...
Someone in the stands watching practice is playing the trombone.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 6, 2013
Two weird things just happened: @Adamhoge got asked for his autograph & Staley came by & twerked in front of our broadcast.— Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) August 6, 2013
Cutler bomb to Anderson in team drills. Briggs tips next pass over middle for Weems. Offense struggled in blitz pickup earlier— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 6, 2013
Now back to practice...
Melton tips Cutler in 2-minute drill and Frey pulls it down for the INT. Briggs yells: "Bears win."— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 6, 2013
Nickel CB Isaiah Frey picks off batted ball. 4th pick of Cutler today. Conte had one earlier.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 6, 2013
Practice looking much better now. QBs started slow. Now they're throwing strikes.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) August 6, 2013
#Bears OC/OL coach Aaron Kromer says defensive linemen are not supposed to deflect passes in practice because OL can't cut them.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) August 6, 2013
For those wondering, this is common place in the NFL, and every other level of football. You don't want your o-line to cut your own d-line. Another no-no for defensive linemen, is getting in front of a throwing QB. You don't want the QB's follow through to hit a defenders helmet or shoulder pad.
Aaron Kromer: "We're trying to keep Jay Cutler uncomfortable (in practice)."— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 6, 2013
#Bears LT Jermon Bushrod has his right calf wrapped. His time was kind of limited in practice.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 6, 2013
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