BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Normally it takes a week or more and players wearing pads through full-contact practices in August heat for tempers to boil over. Not so the Bears.
Day 2 of training camp, the day before pads coming on, was marked by a couple of scrums of increasing hostility involving linemen, an indication perhaps of the intensity level likely to be on display when coach John Fox pushes the pedal down even further with pads.
First it was right guard Kyle Long sending linebacker Pernell McPhee flying with a block after McPhee had beaten right tackle Jordan Mills. McPhee gave Long a brief stare but he and Long quickly put an amicable end to the moment.
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Later, however, Mills and defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins got into a brief skirmish at the end of play when neither was willing to let the other get in the final hit on the play. The incident dissipated. For the moment.
Jenkins delivered what appeared to be an elbow under Long’s chin late in a play several snaps later, Long went after Jenkins, and Jenkins then knocked Long to the ground with a blow as teammates scrambled to break up the combatants. Long had to be restrained by multiple teammates and play resumed.
Fox spoke privately with the players after their units were done their snaps and at the end of the session, Long and Jenkins exchanged back-pats and spoke briefly as the day closed on a quieter note.
“I mean, this is a combative game played by combative people and you know, you try to discourage it but I’m sure this won’t be the last one, I can pretty much guarantee that,” Fox said. “But like I said, it’s a combative game played by combative people and you just do you best to keep our guys healthy.”
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
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