QBs Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre were given the green light to participate in all phases of practice during organized team activities, which began May 30. Favre and Rodgers were held out of team drills during the mandatory minicamp May 18-20, as they continued to recover from medical setbacks.
Rodgers suffered a broken left foot during a game last November in relief of an injured Favre. Meanwhile, Favre underwent surgery on his left ankle in February. Head coach Mike McCarthy is having Favre take part in nine of the 12 OTA practices, which are spread out until June 18. Favre, 37, hadn't thrown a football since the end of last season until the minicamp, when the team kept him on a "pitch" count.
"He's full go. He's in excellent shape for this time of year," McCarthy said. "He just anticipates so well (with his throws), and those are valuable reps for the younger players."
Top backup Rodgers said he's experienced no ill effects since resuming on-field work a month ago. The team's top draft pick in 2005 has been sharp with his passes and is throwing the deep ball with regularity and precision.
"I don't feel like I'm 100 percent yet, as far as mentally," Rodgers said of the recovery from the injury. "Just feeling 100 percent to where I have confidence (with the foot) where I can just take off whenever I want, I'm really close. I don't ever really think about it, but I'm just not quite all the way there." Rodgers will get ample work running the No. 1 offense in the OTAs.
DE Aaron Kampman probably won't be cleared until the start of training camp. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in April and has yet to participate in any off-season workouts on the field.
WR Robert Ferguson was expected to be cleared for on-field work at some point in the ongoing organized team activities, which run until June 18. Ferguson missed all but the first four games last season because of a foot injury.
LB Abdul Hodge also is being targeted for a return in training camp. Hodge hasn't fully recovered from a knee injury that dogged him most of last season. Hodge, though, didn't require surgery.
RB DeShawn Wynn, a seventh-round draft pick, continues to nurse a calf injury that he sustained on the first day of the rookie orientation camp May 4.
RB Cedric Benson is the undisputed lead dog in the Bears' running game, but he doesn't feel any pressure to convince anyone that the team made the right move in trading away Thomas Jones, the starter the past three seasons.
"I don't feel like I've got to show anything," Benson said. "I think I just need to go out there and be me and be the best that I can be out there. That's the reason why they made the trade (involving Jones). I don't believe they had any doubts that I wasn't going to go out there and do my best."
Benson has shown glimpses of becoming an elite back in his first two seasons, especially late in 2006. The 5-11, 220-pounder gained 432 yards and averaged 4.9 yards over the final seven games after rushing for 215 yards and averaging 3.1 yards in the first nine contests.
DE Darrion Scott confirmed he has signed his one-year, $850,000 tender offer as a restricted free agent. That was the lowest of the four tenders, something that disappointed Scott.