Tardy Slip

Last year's second-round pick, cornerback Charles Tillman, was a brief holdout. Although he went on to enjoy an excellent rookie season, Tillman said his late arrival was a distraction.

"I was a little aggravated," Tillman said. "I was looking at practices, and people being interviewed, and all of the rookies were there, and I thought, 'Dang, I wanna be there.' I was just at home. I'd go work out in the morning at Bally's, come home and sit there and watch TV. My agent would call me and let me know what was going on. The only thing I could really do was wait."

--With inexperienced Qasim Mitchell still working with the starters at left tackle, speculation continues that veteran right tackle John Tait will move to the left side.

Tait has taken occasional snaps at left tackle throughout the offseason, which is just a precaution according to him and the coaching staff.

"Tait's the right tackle," coach Lovie Smith said. "Just like we started. We've been able to get John a few reps on the left side just in case -- as an insurance policy. John will be the right tackle. Q Mitchell has made progress."

--Offensive tackle Marc Colombo did not participate in any of the Bears' minicamps or organized team activities. The 2002 first-round draft pick has not played or practiced since he suffered a dislocated kneecap during his rookie season, and he may never make it back. The Bears aren't counting on him this season. But Colombo continues to rehabilitate, working on his own, while his teammates practice.

"The plan really wasn't to have him out here right now," coach Lovie Smith said at the conclusion of the organized team activities. "I've seen him every day; you've seen him out here every day going through drills. "We don't know exactly how long it'll take. I just know he's doing everything he possibly can, and he's a bonus if he's able to give us something this year."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"When you haven't won and you want to get to the playoffs, you normally will do what it takes. We have a group of guys that I think will do what it takes, and we think we know what it takes to get them there and they're doing everything we've asked them to do. We like what's going on around here, we really do." -- Bears coach Lovie Smith.


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