CB Kelvin Hayden, WR Earl Bennett headline most recent injuries at Bears’ camp
The Bears said Hayden is week-to-week, while Bennett’s results from the concussion evaluation weren’t eventually available.
The 26-year-old Bennett was initially hit hard by linebacker James Anderson in the end zone towards the end of Friday’s practice, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He reportedly took his helmet off after the hit, sitting on the field for a while. Bennett again suffered a collision in team drills, this time with safety Chris Conte, which contributed to his likely suspension on Saturday.
“No, I did not see [the collision],” Bears coach Marc Trestman responded to a question regarding Bennett’s injury.
Bennett has a history of concussions, after missing two games in 2012 due to similar issues. He originally suffered the concussion in the Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
While Bennett’s and Hayden’s injuries sound like the most serious coming out of Saturday’ practice, there were other less significant/ severe injuries across the Bears’ roster. The team’s rookie defensive end Cornelius Washington sprained his left elbow and is day-to-day. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive end Julius Peppers both were experiencing hamstring tightness, so the training staff decided to hold them out of practice for precautionary reasons. However, neither is expected to miss significant time recovering from a tweaked hamstring.
Left tackle Jermon Bushord (strained calf), defensive end Jamaal Anderson (knee), linebacker D.J. Williams (strained calf) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee) also sat out practice with prior injuries.
In a good news coming out of the Bears’ training camp, defensive end Corey Wooton, who is coming off a hip injury, suited up for Saturday’s practice. However, Wooton remained limited during practice, only taking part in individual drills, before returning to the sidelines for the full team work.
Wooton occasionally hobbled on field during the short period he did work at practice.
“[I’m] feeling better. I did individual [drills] today. I just kind of tweaked it. I’m just trying to get back in the swing of things. There’s a little bit (of discomfort),” Wooten said. “I’m just trying to work through it, be smart at the same time, and just come back when I’m healthy.”