Inadvertent contact produces Hester scare


Inadvertent contact produces Hester scare

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The rules of the collective bargaining agreement worked out last year between players and the league keeps the players out of pads for the first two days of training camp. It also embargoes contact.

This is, however, the NFL, and things just sometimes happen.

Friday it was wide receiver Devin Hester going up with safety Major Wright in a battle for a deep pass. Hester landed awkwardly, was walked gingerly to the sideline and eventually returned, but not without some very anxious moments.

Im a lot like you media, coach Lovie Smith said. Hoping he gets up. Most of the time, they do. It doesnt seem like a whole lot of contact in that situation.

But youre going to a few bumps and bruises in training camp, even on non-padded days, when you fall like that. But he got up, and finished practice, so he should be good to go.

Hester has been carrying a full load so far, as the No. 1 punt returner and starting wide receiver opposite Brandon Marshall. His receiver play has taken a noticeable step up this year with the support and boost from Marshall.

Saturday nights practice will be the first permitted in full pads. It was more than apparent that the Bears are ready to have the leashes taken at least partway off.

There was a little bit of contact today, so we should be good, Smith said. Its the last day before you go in pads. Id say most camps around, there will be a little bit of contact right before you get into pads.

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91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.