Maybe it’s just a sensible adjustment for Bears training camp.
Last year the Bears’ schedule included five primetime games. The Bears had their usual night practice at Soldier Field during training camp, plus a sprinkling of 3 p.m. starts to practices in Bourbonnais.
This year the Bears have just two night games (plus one mid-afternoon game in Seattle). Not surprisingly perhaps, coach John Fox has zero night practices planned for Bears camp, which opens on Thursday, July 30, in Bourbonnais and runs through Sunday, Aug. 16, before the Bears return to Halas Hall.
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Players report on July 29 and have non-padded practices on July 30 and July 31 before donning pads for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 1. The traditional Family Fest Soldier Field practice this year will be at 11:35 a.m. on Aug. 8. The Bears are scheduled to have 13 practices in Bourbonnais, the 14th year for the Bears to hold camp there on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. All of the practices — with the exception of the Soldier Field practice — are at 9:35 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
All practice dates and times are tentative and subject to change without notice. Fans and media can go to ChicagoBears.com for more information on the camp and on prices, parking and other details on Family Fest.
Training Camp Daily: The Bears put the pads on for Sunday's practice on another wet day in Bourbonnais. Bears insider John 'Moon' Mullin & producer Paul Aspan discuss Mitchell Trubisky's accuracy, which continues to be a work in progress. Plus Anthony Miller & Kevin White turn heads, while Aaron Lynch suffers yet another injury setback when the Bears are already thin at pass rusher.
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The Chicago Bears are thin at outside linebacker after only signing Aaron Lynch to provide a pass rush opposite Leonard Floyd this season.
Lynch was considered a risky signing in March because of his injury history. He's appeared in only 28 games over the last three years and he's already off to an injured start with the Bears.
Lynch was one of several players to miss Sunday's practice with a hamstring injury, a list that includes fellow starter, Danny Trevathan.
Lynch and Trevathan missed Saturday's practice, too.
Other Bears who sat out on Sunday were Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Daniel Brown (ankle) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder). First-round pick Roquan Smith remains a holdout.
Lynch is in a training camp battle with Sam Acho for a starting job and will have to hold off Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving as well. The more time he loses to injury, the less and less likely the chances are that he'll become an impact player on defense.
It's still early, and the Bears have an extra week of training camp because of the Hall of Fame game. There's plenty of time for Lynch to get healthy and put this hamstring issue behind him.