Colombo disappointed to miss start of camp

Earlier this week sources close to <!--Default NodeId For Marc Colombo is 722208,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722208]>Marc Colombo</A> were confident he would be ready for the start of training camp. However, that scenario failed to play out and has changed dramatically over the past few days. At this point head coach Dick Jauron said he would be surprised if Colombo would be ready for the team's preseason opener on August 9th.

Colombo has gone undergone two operations since he dislocated his left knee more than eight months ago. Following the initial surgery a second procedure was done in April to try to keep the knee from swelling. As a result, Colombo sat out the team's practices in May and June but was expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

"It's very disappointing. The whole offseason I keep thinking I'm going to comeback," Colombo said as he arrived in Bourbonnais. "I'm making a lot of progress, but it was a pretty bad injury and I'm confident I'm going to comeback 100 percent and contribute to this team."

Although, Colombo is able to run and lift weights, he's still trying to build up strength in his left leg, particularly in the calf, which is the base for him to block opponents coming off the edge.

"It was a goal for me to be here for training camp, but it's all for the better," Colombo said trying to remain optimistic. "I'm going to get stronger and I'm going to be a better player instead of trying to push it now and maybe have to be out the whole season."

The Bears have two players to replace Colombo. Steve Edwards will join the first team for now, while Aaron Gibson will also be given a look. Both players have limited experience in the NFL, but the Bears lack depth at tackle and any injury is magnified.

"The offensive tackle position, right now, is just a little bit up in air," said head coach Dick Jauron. "Everybody that we have at every position will get an opportunity to show (what they can do), but we're counting on those guys (Edwards and Gibson) that have a little bit of experience, that have been with us a little will step up and fill in."

Colombo's injury is something that will be evaluated on a weekly basis rather than day to day. Jauron wouldn't go as far as to say that Colombo would miss the start of the regular season, but did say he'd be surprised to see the tackle back by the preseason opener.

"That would a pleasant surprise if he were back on the field and ready to play, but I don't anticipate that.

"He's very disappointed about the situation, working as hard as he can work (to get back) and we'll just have to monitor it as we go along," Jauron said. "We definitely don't want to bring anybody back on the to field too soon and lose them early.

Will watch, for now
John Davis is still bothered by back pain and will watch practice from the sideline. The tight end could miss at least the first week of camp according to head coach Dick Jauron and will have to be reexamined before being cleared to practice.

Of the Bears draft picks, Justin Gage has been hyped more than any other player, but the receiver expected to push David Terrell for playing time will miss the start of camp because of a hamstring pull.

The Bears expect Gage to practice sometime next week, but did not want to rush him back from an injury he suffered during the team's June practices.

Ted Washington and Keith Traylor are ready to practice, but their status for two-a-days has yet to be determined.

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