Good Weeks Work

Thursday was the final day of the Bears voluntary mini-camp in Lake Forest. The only players who did not show up to the mini-camp were starting middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and wide receiver Marcus Robinson.

Urlacher was excused to host a football camp for youths back in his home state of New Mexico. Despite Urlacher's absence from the final days of mini-camp, he and the rest of the team will be ready and healthy for camp.

The only exception will be WR Marcus Robinson who is still recovering from season ending surgery last year.

"As of now, everybody is supposed to be ready for the start of camp except for Marcus (Robinson)," said head coach Dick Jauron. "Marcus is still right on schedule and we are saying somewhere near the middle of training camp or the preseason he'll be ready to come back," Jauron added.

As for the rest of camp, Jauron called it a success, noting that there is only one starting position yet to be decided. With the departure of former Bears left tackle Blake Brockermeyer, the position is open, the battle for the starting spot began during this mini-camp between second year offensive lineman Bernard Robertson, and rookie first round pick, Marc Colombo.

Currently, Robertson is the number one left tackle in charge of protecting quarterback Jim Miller's backside.

"It's really obvious that we have to solidify the left tackle position offensively and see who wins the battle," said Jauron. "Bernard will be in there as our starter, he'll get most of the reps, but clearly Marc will have to get a lot of reps, we'll try to bring him along as quickly as possible and let him compete for this job.

Besides the position battle for left tackle head coach Dick Jauron is optimistic coming out of the final mini-camp. The next month will give players and coaches a rest; Jauron sees this as the time to recharge for the beginning of a new season.

"In a lot of ways the year ends now, and then we get time to recharge and then we start the new year." "The offseason has been terrific, the staff has done a great job in my opinion, and our players have really made a commitment to us."

Roster Move

The Bears waived wide receiver Jerris Evans, quarterback Brad Lewis and running back Robert Sanford Thursday. The three join guard Adam Davis who was released Tuesday (6/18).

Both Evans and Lewis were undrafted free agents signed after the 2002 NFL Draft while Sanford signed with the Bears at the start of the 2002 free agency period (1/9). The Bears roster currently stands at 91 players under contract and will be trimmed to 88 by the start of training camp July 26.

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