It's officially time for Bears fans to start worrying when it comes to Zack Bowman, who was stealing headlines in training camp before coming up lame with a strained hamstring. It appeared Bowman was getting close to returning, especially since he dressed in full pads for Saturday's Family Day practice at Soldier Field, but he's just been wearing a jersey and a baseball cap on the sideline the last few days – that would lead one to believe he's had some sort of setback in his rehab. He was on pace to unseat Vasher as the starter at right cornerback opposite Charles Tillman, although that plan could be thrown out the window now since Vasher has been on the field for every first-team rep. ...
Smith made a bit of a mockery of his depth chart that was released Tuesday evening, listing co-starters at several positions and refusing to let the media know who has the edge at spots like strong-side linebacker and nose tackle. That was not the case at left guard, however, as Josh Beekman was alone at the top with Frank Omiyale clearly second on the list. After giving way to Omiyale for a few days, Beekman was back in the starting lineup Wednesday and looks to have the inside track at keeping his job between Olin Kreutz and Orlando Pace – birds are chirping in Bourbonnais that Omiyale's transition inside isn't going so well. ...
One of those aforementioned co-starter situations surprisingly is at defensive end, where Mark Anderson is listed atop the depth chart on both the right and left side beside Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye, respectively. Not known for his ability to hold up against the run, Anderson still has an explosive first step when rushing the passer and can be effective when he's one-on-one with an offensive tackle out in space. But Bears fans should be more encouraged by the fact that he knocked down a Cutler screen pass intended for Kellen Davis in 11-on-11 work, which means he's learning to be disruptive even when not in a position to sack the QB. ...
Offensive coordinator Ron Turner was stirring the cauldron again Wednesday, displaying a variety of Wildcat-formation looks with both Hester and Matt Forte taking the shotgun snap from center. Hester's one play was nothing more than a fake inside give to Forte before taking off around right end on a keeper. Forte's, on the other hand, was a roll to the right and then a throw to Hester running a short curl route. ...
There was one interception recorded Wednesday, as Marcus Hamilton got a gift from Hanie after Juaquin Iglesias ran the wrong pattern – Iglesias was running a fly down the sideline, Hanie threw a quick out. But just because the defense wasn't picking off passes doesn't mean there weren't a lot of potential turnovers, mostly because linebackers and defensive backs alike were forcing fumbles from ball carriers most of the afternoon. First Kevin Malast knocked one loose from Garrett Wolfe, and then Vasher picked Earl Bennett's pocket along the left sideline.
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