Back in Action

Although the bulk of the roster has been able to practice over the last month, a key member of the defense had been missing until Wednesday.

Adewale Ogunleye sat out the recent mini-camp and more than half of the OTAs, as he recovered from surgery on his ankle to repair a torn tendon. The injury limited him to twelve games and his effectiveness.

Ogunleye missed off-season workouts last year because of a contract dispute with the Dolphins, which is something he wanted to avoid this time around.

"I just wanted to get out here before we got to camp so that everybody can get the feel of what the starting unit's going to be and the amount of problems we can cause the next couple seasons," Ogunleye said.

Upon being traded to Chicago for Marty Booker, Ogunleye signed a six-year $33 million deal. However, after leading the AFC with 15 sacks in 2003 that number dropped to 5 with Chicago.

The Bears are expecting more for their money. In his defense, the fact that he came to Chicago toward the end of training camp also meant he was trying to get in football shape, while learning a new defense.

"It feels more like this is my team like I'm here with linemates," Ogunleye said. "Last year I was like one of the new guys, now I'm part of the team and I'm one of the leaders of the team. It was kind of hard (last year) like it was thrown upon me at the last minute."

Following his World Bowl MVP performance, Kurt Kittner joined the team at Halas Hall on Tuesday. Despite his success in Europe, he's unsure where he stands when it comes to making the team.

"I can't really worry about that," Kittner said. All I can worry about is the way I come out and practice and my attitude at practice. I'm not the one that makes decisions."

Rex Grossman and Chad Hutchinson are clearly the top two quarterbacks on the team. Rookie Kyle Orton appears to have the inside track to land the third spot.

Roster Move
The Bears have waived guard Bryan Anderson. The 2003 seventh-round choice returned last week from a season in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire, where he played in nine games and started two.

The 6-4, 330-pounder spent the bulk of his time in Chicago on the practice squad. He appeared in five games, participating on special teams.

Bear Report Top Stories