Bears Could have DE Corey Wootton back for the Season Opener?

It’s possible that Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton will return from his knee injury in time for the regular season opener September 11 versus the Atlanta Falcons. Last year’s fourth-round pick out of Northwestern suffered meniscus damage in his right knee during the very opening kickoff of the Bears preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.

And he hasn’t practiced since. The arthroscopy went well and the Coreysaurus has been rehabbing.

“I’ve just been strengthening (the knee), you know the strength isn’t too far away from normal. I started jogging on the treadmill, so I’m hoping to maybe be back in there for the first game, hopefully,” Wootton said yesterday.

Wootton came out of nowhere to become the answer to a trivia question near the end of last season.

After Wootton slammed Brett Favre to the turf, and ended the 41-year-old QB’s night (and possible career) he instantly became much closer to one day becoming a household name.

Wootton has had knee problems before. In college while playing for the Wildcats, he was considered a late first/early second NFL Draft prospect until blowing out his in knee in the 2008 Alamo Bowl. The injury was so serious that he wasn’t really even close to being himself until mid-season 2009, and the drop-off in his numbers during ’09 severely hurt his draft stock.

Corey even admitted his right knee wasn’t one hundred percent last summer when he arrived in Bourbonnais for his rookie season with the Bears. However this knee injury is really nothing compared to the serious ACL damage he had in college. However, one positive to come from this situation

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