News and Notes from Practice No. 10

News and Notes from Practice No. 10
Bears head coach John Fox meets with the media for a final time at training camp on Tuesday.

The Bears wrapped up training camp on Tuesday with the 10th and final practice at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

A day after the team had to deal with the changes at center with Hroniss Grasu out for the season and Ted Larsen now at the position, the big news was Alshon Jeffery’s participation in practice.

Jeffery was limited to side work on Monday due to a hamstring injury and on Tuesday he was running one-on-ones and catching passes in team drills. He wasn’t a full go in practice, but he donned the pads and should be on track to play in the preseason opener on Thursday against Denver.

Tight end Zach Miller (concussion) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (concussion) remained out. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (hamstring), tight end Greg Scruggs (bruised lung) and tackle Nick Becton also didn’t practice.

Deonte Thompson shines again

The Bears need wide receiver insurance with Kevin White, Jeffery and Royal injury prone. Add in the fact that Marquess Wilson is on the PUP and Thompson’s presence is much more important than previously thought.

Marc Mariani makes a play

Marc Mariani had a big impact as a third-down target late last season. Now, he looks like a strong depth piece. He can play any wideout spot and is a solid blocker. It’s going to be hard for him to be passed on the depth chart by the other youngsters.

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Up next

The Bears have an off day on Wednesday and then host their preseason opener on Thursday night against the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

More updates to come as John Fox and company try to turn things around in Chicago following a 6-10 season a year ago.

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