Casey was signed to a free agent contract Tuesday after fullback Tyree Foreman was injured in practice. Casey Urlacher had practiced with the Bears until the team cut him June 19. A spot opened for Casey when the Bears released TE Patrick Hughes.
"What can I say, I'm delighted to be back with the team," Casey said. "There's nothing better than a second chance. No player wants to capitalize on anybody's misfortune, but this is a wonderful opportunity."
Fans accustomed to searching for Brian on the practice field soon spotted Casey and gave him an enthusiastic welcome.
"I don't mind signing autographs," Casey said. "It's all part of the job. I feel so fortunate to be here that anything is fine with me. My goal this time is to stay on the team right into the regular season."
Feeling the pressure
Michael Haynes knows the Bears drafted him to put pressure on the quarterback, but now he's the one feeling the heat.
"I'm expected to come in and play. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it," Haynes said. "My job is not to come in and sit the bench.
Despite being dubbed a pass rush specialist, Haynes takes pride in being a complete defensive end.
"I have to prove I can play the run, and then I get to play the pass," Haynes said. "Rushing the passer is somewhat of a treat, so to speak. You have to go in and do the grunt work before you can rush the passer.
Let the talking begin
The pads came out on Monday.
It didn't take long for the trash-talking to arrive soon there after at Bears training camp.
"We're just trying to have fun out here. It's all in fun," safety Mike Brown said. "This is a game where a lot of people talk trash -- everybody talks trash. In order to get used to it, you've got to do it in practice.
"You have to get your trash game up."
Brown, who recently signed on a six-year extension and is one of the defense's biggest stars and biggest talkers, didn't waste much time during a full-contact workout at Olivet Nazarene University.
"It's competitive. I mean, we're not doing anything personal or trying to hurt each other, but we're trying to get better and that gets the competitive juices flowing a little bit more," Brown said.
Brown used to share most of the "jawing" with former teammate Rosevelt Colvin, who signed a free-agent contract with the Patriots this past offseason.
"Rosey was funnier -- he made more jokes out there -- but we miss more of his presence because he kept practice a little bit looser," Brown said. "At the same time, I'm always talking, just to talk. I think my voice is somewhat piercing, so it carries.
"I don't know if you'd call it a gift, but nobody here has a hard time hearing me."