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Chicago Bears training camp 2014: July 31 open thread

The Bears sign former Fighting Illini O-lineman Graham Pocic ahead of today's session at camp. That's him on the ground, looking back at the defender he failed to block.

Jonathan Daniel

The sixth practice of the Bears' 2014 training camp period today, and we had our first major injury concern yesterday as reserve O-lineman Eben Britton went down with a hamstring issue when facing a pass rush by Jeremiah Ratliff.  For all the feisty competition that we're hearing about, it was nice to read that Ratliff - no stranger to lower body injuries himself in recent seasons - showed immediate concern and stayed with Britton until the medical staff carted him off the field.

With Britton classified as day-to-day, the Bears added Lemont native Graham Pocic, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Rams last offseason.  The 6'7" 310lb lineman is listed as a center but also lined up at guard and tackle for the Fighting Illini, which will have one Steven Schweickert excited.  He (Pocic, not Schweickert) takes the place on the 90-man roster of WR Terrence Toliver, who was waived with an injury settlement.

For more news from yesterday's practice you can skim over the open thread, take a look at the practice recap, and of course there's today's Bears Den.  Be sure to catch the NFL Network [Video] of analyst and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin with the Bears' receivers and Martellus Bennett - it's hugely fun.

As usual, we'll have a recap for you following today's practice.  I now declare this open thread open, and may Ditka bless all those who open thread in it.


Be sure to check out Sam's pre-training camp concerns and storylines and Lester's ongoing training camp battles series.

A few words from Lester, taken from last year's training camp open threads:

The website has everything you need to know about Training Camp here.

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Steven Schweickert, cuboid:

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