Two of the Bears veterans were able to practice in pads for the first time in months, while two starters took the day off.

The defensive line received a boost Monday with the return of Ted Washington and Bryan Robinson. Both players have been held out of contact drills due to injury.

Robinson broke both of his wrists in a freak injury during the off-season. Still, the DE plans on starting in the Bears preseason opener Saturday against the Broncos.

"I'm in pretty good shape right now," Robinson said. "This week is actually going to help me out a lot because we play Saturday. I can probably get in a quarter or something like that, but I'll be ready to go."

Head coach Dick Jauron said Robinson, who has started 53 consecutive games for the Bears, sets a strong example on and off the field.

"He brings a lot to the table for us attitude wise, toughness wise and ability wise," Jauron said.

Washington had been suffering from infection following ankle surgery, but took part in contact drills and will likely start against Denver.

Jauron gave Jim Miller and Keith Traylor the day off to rest some minor aches and pains.

"Nothing significant with either one of them both had a little bit of soreness and a little bit of swelling, so it seemed like the smart thing to do," Jauron said.

The Bears starting quarterback tweaked his Achilles over the weekend, which he injured during the 2000 season.

However, Miller is not concerned about the situation and is ready for this weekend.

"Yeah, you want to get in there and get a couple series you know that's normally how it goes during the preseason," Miller said. "The first game you get a couple series, the second game probably a half, the third game obviously that's probably the biggest test because that's where teams game plan a little more so that's an important game and the fourth game obviously (the goal is) don't get hurt."

Traylor had some pain in his knees, but is expected to back to work Tuesday.

Injuries continue to mount: Backup tackle Damion Cook, who was game-day inactive for all 15 games he was with the club in 2001, sprained his knee during an inside running drill. Despite being carted off the field Jauron said the injury is considered day-to-day.

"The injury is better than we initially thought at first. Still any time that Damion misses is not good for him because he's so young at the position (of left tackle)," Jauron said.

Tough Love: On a kickoff coverage drill during the morning practice safety Eric Johnson was told by special teams coach Mike Sweatman, "If you're going to make the team you're going to have to make a play on Saturday." Sweatman called his statement "the brutal truth."

Later receiver coach Todd Haley was critical of rookie sixth-round pick Jamin Elliot. The receiver dropped a ball where he was open, but might have been hit by safety Mike Green. Haley was not pleased with the effort. He yelled at Elliot from across the field, "You don't want it." Following the play Elliot went back to the huddle, but Haley pulled him off the field.

Bear Report Top Stories