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NightLink: Secondary Healing Up

Sunday will be not only the third preseason game for the Bears, but more importantly, the two week mark before the regular season kicks off.  Injuries happen to every team during this time of year, and for the Bears, most of them have come to our already questionable defensive secondary.

Brad Biggs provides us with an update on some of these injuries.

Danieal Manning and Zack Bowman were both on the practice field at the start of practice this afternoon, and that's a good sign as the secondary continues to slowly round itself back into form. Cornerback Charles Tillman was out playing catch with the quarterbacks before the session got started, but he hasn't been cleared for drills yet. We'll see how much work the others get done today when coach Lovie Smith speaks after practice.

Biggs also noted that Henry Melton was wearing a walking boot.

Rookie defensive end Henry Melton was spotted with a walking boot on his right foot, and that's not a good sign with final cuts fast approaching. Melton really didn't do a whole lot in training camp, but he's incredibly athletic and the Bears admitted he was a project when they selected him in the fourth round from Texas. No word what the exact nature of his ankle injury is.

We can only hope that these injuries will be healed for the regular season, especially considering that we face Aaron Rogers and Ben Roethlisberger in the first two weeks of the season.

Also mentioned is Dusty Dvoracek, with a link to the most injured players of the last 10 years.

Dvoracek, who has been sidelined for 35 of 48 regular-season games over the last three seasons, will rank as the most inured player of the decade if he misses 11 games this season. The way his teammates spoke of him earlier this week, it's apparent they have been told to expect him to miss the season.

In the meantime, here is a link to the Bears official depth chart, per