Bradley on the Way Back

When Mark Bradley suffered a torn ACL in his right knee at the end of last October optimistic predictions had him back on the field for the start of training camp on July 27, although not necessarily 100 percent. But Bradley has been on the field running pass patterns since the first weekend of June, without a limp or the benefit of a brace.

"Hard work always pays off, and I attacked it just like I attack practicing and game day," Bradley said of his rehab. "I don't take it lightly. It's a serious matter just to get back on the field with my brothers, so overall I feel good about the situation and the knee is doing fine."

Bears wide receivers coach Darryl Drake is pleasantly surprised to have Bradley back so soon, but he's more concerned with having him healthy for camp.

"I'd almost rather not see him out there right now because it's a long time between now and August," Drake said. "But I'm very pleased with how he's working. I have to keep him out of there because he wants to practice every day.

"As long as he has that attitude, it's going to work out for him, and he's going to be hopefully be back (full speed) and ready to go when the time comes."

When Bradley was hurt he had already started four games in his rookie season. His goal is to be back in the starting lineup soon, and he is expected to be completely healthy long before training camp starts.

"I'm starting back from scratch just like I started last year," Bradley said. "I'm going to attack it just like I did last year and hopefully win a spot back in the preseason."

Drake doesn't see why Bradley won't be back with the first team this season.

"He's got to beat out Bernard (Berrian) and Justin (Gage)," Drake said. "It's not going to be given to him, but with his work ethic ... he did it before so why can't he do it again?"

Although he played just seven games last season and started four, Bradley was still fourth on the Bears with 230 receiving yards on 18 catches.

A Tale of Two Receivers
WR Donte Stallworth is not on the trading block, according to Saints GM Mickey Loomis. "I've gotten a couple of calls, I think as a result of the rumors more than anything else," he said. "But we're not looking to trade Donte Stallworth. He's an integral part of our team and we're expecting a big year from him."

However, WR Ashley Lelie will probably be used as trade bait in the coming weeks to add to the depth at running back or tight end. Lelie isn't expected to report for the beginning of training camp and the Broncos have good depth at wide receiver.

Roster Moves
The Bears have placed CB Daven Holly and LB T.J. Hollowell on waivers.


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