Another practice, another scuffle. Also, more injuries.
The Bears got feisty for the second straight practice session while some key players left due to injury.
Starting with the injuries.
Tight end Zach Miller sat out practice and is in concussion protocol while wide receiver Eddie Royal is in concussion protocol as well after leaving practice early, head coach John Fox said.
Rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (shoulder) and cornerback Kyle Fuller (ankle) were limited in practice. As expected guard Kyle Long sat out practice once again as he looks to get his left calf back to 10 percent.
Undrafted rookie tight end Ben Braunecker was also seen after practice with a walking boot on is right ankle, according to the Tribune.
Now onto the fights.
Guard Ted Larsen got into it a bit with linebacker Lamarr Houston on Sunday and on Monday, punches were flying between Larsen and linebacker Christian Jones, according to Tribune’s Rich Campbell.
Also, second-year tight end Gannon Sinclair shoved safety Harold Jones-Quartey later in practice.
Akiem Hicks is showing up
The free agent addition has reportedly stuck out thus far in training camp. It’s hard for Akiem Hicks not to at 6’5″, 336 lbs.
Entering his fifth NFL season, Hicks will be playing for his third team after totaling 9.5 sacks from 2011-15. He had three sacks in 13 appearances with New England last season.
On Monday he made the fans in Bourbonnais pretty happy.
Loud cheers earlier for #Bears DE Akiem Hicks who engulfed RB Jeremy Langford in the backfield during run drill.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 1, 2016
Next to second-year defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, the Bears have two big and athletic lineman to build around. Third round rookie Jonathan Bullard (pictured above), veteran Mitch Unrein and third-year man Ego Ferguson are battling it out for the other defensive end spot.
Daniel Braverman shines again
Here’s another guy that has made plays and shown plenty to the coaches and fans in camp already.
At 5’10”, 185 lbs., seventh round rookie Daniel Braverman is not big by any means, but he is fast off the first step and very determined.
Here was his biggest play on Monday afternoon.
#Bears WR Daniel Braverman drawing an enthusiastic reaction from crowd for diving catch.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 1, 2016
The health status of Royal gives Braverman some more time to run with the first-team. Regardless of Royal’s role this season, which is likely as the main slot guy, Braverman will earn snaps on offense simply because he is so crafty. He’s a guy to monitor all preseason.
Running back rotation
Third-year back Ka’Deem Carey met with the media after practice. He said that this is his opportunity to shine and he is also called the offensive line group a bunch of goons.
Carey is a favorite of coach Fox. Between second-year back Jeremy Langford, rookie Jordan Howard and veteran Jacquizz Rodgers are all in the mix to compete.
A rotation is going to keep everyone fresh and it seems like it will be a hot hand approach at times between the Bears’ backfield. Carey is well in the mix as a hammer back there.
After five straight days of practice, the Bears will receive a day off on Tuesday before returning to practice on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. CT.
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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