A New Season

The Bears opened a three-day mini-camp on Friday. It was the first opportunity for the free agents and draft picks to get familiar with the rest of the team.

"There were a lot of bodies out there. Certainly a lot of draft picks and we have a number of free agents and then we have our new guys. So, it was a good day, it was a get acquainted day," said Head coach Dick Jauron following practice.

The only veterans not to participate were receiver Marcus Robinson, who is still recovering from a severe knee injury, and Ted Washington. The defensive tackle is suffering from an infection as the result of off-season season ankle surgery.

Jauron said Robinson is on schedule to return sometime during training camp, while Washington should be ready to go at the start of training camp.

The Bears head coach set out to accomplish two things in the first day of camp.

"We needed to get our veterans back and start the 2002 season, which is what this is for us. Then we needed to get a look at a lot of the younger players," Jauron said.

Notes: Dick Jauron added the chances of left tackle Blake Brockermeyer coming back to Chicago were slim. Meaning the Bears first-round pick Marc Colombo and Bernard Robertson will battle for the starting job.

"We haven't set a timetable (to name a starter), but we'd like to have it done as soon as we could. You want to get it stable as soon as you possibly can, because it will affect everybody. On game day if we go with seven active (offensive lineman) you have three tackles, so whoever the backup is has to play both (right and left tackle)."

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