The Chicago Bears were back at it in Bourbonnais today after having yesterday off. The players and coaches were joined by a few former players as Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz and James "Big Cat" Williams were all spotted at camp. Also spotted, making her first appearance at camp this year was principal owner Virginia McCaskey along with her son George.
A couple non-Bear visitors were at camp today, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports and UFC fighter Rashad Evans stopped by to take in the sites of Olivet Nazarene University.
Top draft pick Kevin White is still not practicing, but we may finally have some news about his mysterious shin ailment. Head coach John Fox was a guest on the Jim Rome show earlier today and he opened up about the rookie.
Well, I think he had a shin injury, whether you can call it shin splints or his shin just flared up. It's probably due to overtraining for the combine [and] a lot of the things you do. We caught it with a week to go in OTAs and shut him down. The key to that is to get him off his legs.
So no stress fracture or broken leg for the kid, and according to WebMd, the best treatment is rest. If White starts working out before his shin splints are fully healed, he could cause permanent damage.
At least White had a chance to sit under the learning tree...
Brian Urlacher and Kevin White on the sidelines. #Bears pic.twitter.com/XFQogvvWTK— Jeremy Stoltz (@BearReport) August 5, 2015
In other injured Bears news;
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who sat out last practice with a shoulder issue, was back at it today.
Offensive lineman Michael Ola was hurt during one on one drills and was carted off with a knee injury.
Rookie tackle Tayo Fabuluje walked off the field with the training staff because he had an asthma attack.
Willie Young, who we talked about yesterday as a bubble player, was doing more at practice today.
Corner Alan Ball sat out today.
Rookie UDFA tight end Brian Vogler was in a walking boot and did not practice.
The Bears were also working out a few try out tight ends during a portion of practice.
Here are a few quick hitting twitter nuggets...
#Bears OLT Jermon Bushrod completely stonewalls LB Pernell McPhee in 1-on-1 pass-rush drill.— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) August 5, 2015
KaDeem Carey with a nice burst up the sidelines. He's had a couple impressive runs since pads came on. #Bears— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkinsCF) August 5, 2015
Jeffery nice job coming back to ball - including subtle push off Tracy Porter - to haul in completion in 1-on-1's. #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) August 5, 2015
Looks like Brock Vereen is running with the first team. So is Tim Jennings. Expect TJ to kick inside in nickel and Ball to play outside.— Rashawn Franklin (@RashawnFranklin) August 5, 2015
Alan Ball has better length, and Jennings has been working hard from the slot corner spot. Also I wouldn't put much stock into who starts at safety at this point in camp. Odds are the coaches just want to see how different combinations play together, although I do think Vereen has an outside shot at starting opposite Antrel Rolle.
Sherrick McMannis was getting reps as the starting nickleback today also, with Alan Ball sidelined.
#Bears LB Sam Acho abuses rookie OT Tayo Fabuluje in 1-on-1 pass-rush drill.— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) August 5, 2015
Sam Acho has been having a good camp so far, which is to be expected given his experience in a 3-4 defense.
#Bears OLB David Bass runs past undrafted rookie OT Cameron Jefferson as if he wasn't there in 1-on-1 pass-rush drill.— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) August 5, 2015
David Bass may have benefited the most from Willie Young being sidelined this offseason.
Bass and Acho aren't the only linebackers making the coaches take notice.
Nice play by Shea McClellin covering Matt a Forte on a wheel route. Broke up the pass. #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 5, 2015
McClellin with another pass breakup. This one on Martellus Bennett. #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 5, 2015
Shea McClellin was working with the ones along with Christian Jones during the 7 on 7 portion of practice. But as with safety, it's far too early to tell which ILBs end up starting.
Jared Allen, Sam Acho too much to handle for Bear Pascoe/Zach Miller in rush drills. Both showing nice quickness. #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) August 5, 2015
If the #Bears defense could hit Jay Cutler, today’s practice would be like that Giants game.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 5, 2015
You do remember "that" Giant game don't you?
CB Terrence Mitchell continues to stand out. Just picked off Shane Carden (yes, Carden continues to struggle). #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) August 5, 2015
Cutler to Royal for a red zone TD. Get used to that. #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 5, 2015
#Bears fans usually shudder when Cutler tries to squeeze ball in tight windows, but that was heck of a throw/TD catch 6 to 19.— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) August 5, 2015
If you come across any other training camp tweets that you found interesting be sure to share them in the comment section.
We'll have more on the John Fox and Adam Gase press conference later today...