Joniak: Who's Hurt, Who's Hot As Bears Training Training Camp Winds Down

Jeff Joniak
August 10, 2019 - 6:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As Bears training camp winds down in the second-to-last day of practice, Jeff Joniak weighs in on who's hurt, who's hot and who's the "tweener."


  • Players leaving practice with an injury has been rare at training camp, but today receiver Anthony Miller went down with an apparent ankle injury. “They said what, he rolled it or something,” said head coach Matt Nagy. “I think he rolled it so we’ll see. He’ll be all right. I hope so at least. We’ll see how tough he is.”
  • Miller tweeted out “I’m Good,” while practice continued. He landed awkwardly after a one-on-one battle with Kyle Fuller on a Mitch Trubisky throw.
  • Earlier in practice, Nagy summoned Miller and second-year cornerback Michael Joseph to square off in the “up-down” challenge that has taken place throughout camp. Despite tight coverage by the Oswego product, Miller won the ball for a touchdown. It meant up-downs for the defense.
  • For the first time, Adam Shaheen looked comfortable and healthy while he was running his routes. The 6-foot-6-inch tight end hauled in a beautiful one-handed diving catch in the end zone from Trubisky. Tightness in his back slowed him down early in camp, but he caught a lot of balls today.
  • For the first time since August 1, tight end Trey Burton returned to individual drills and stretching before watching the rest of practice. He insisted he did not suffer a setback in his recovery from off-season hernia surgery. That knocked him out of training, so now he’s feeling better and easing back into the mix as he improves his conditioning and getting back into football shape. Nagy is not likely to play Burton at all in the preseason.
  • Fan support throughout camp has been outstanding. It topped out today with 9,141 fans showing up for the last open practice. “It’s surreal,” said Nagy. “We appreciate it. It’s pretty cool.”  Nagy started his news conference thanking the entire fan base.
  • Safety Deon Bush who intercepted his first NFL pass Thursday was excused by Nagy for personal reasons. Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch did not practice and did not play against the Panthers.
  • Rookie corner Stephen Denmark, rookie receiver Emanuel Hall, cornerback Kevin Toliver all missed practice. Toliver has been ill and missed the Panthers game. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who played 16 snaps inside and looked good, was also sidelined today. Undrafted rookie tight end Jesper Horsted practiced for the first time.
  • The offense ran a lot of plays today. “We did some up-tempo stuff just to change things up a little bit for the guys, the monotony of it, and I think they handled it well for the most part,” Nagy said. Trubisky completed a lot of passes.
  • It was a great practice for rookie receiver Riley Ridley, who won a 50-50 ball over the top of Joseph for a touchdown. He did have one drop, but is moving well after battling a hamstring.
  • Prince Amukamara admitted he is having his best camp in nine years as he adjusts to being a 30-year old cornerback. It is possible he had double-digit interceptions, including one today. “Every practice, I just always listen to my body,” Amukamara said. “Kind of like check the engine. You hear all those stories once you hit 30, so I’m starting to see that it’s a false narrative.”  He feels great.
  • Second-year inside linebacker Josh Woods is coming off a five-tackle game against the Panthers, which included a forced fumble. He is still learning the position after moving from college safety and a receiver in high school. He has a chance to be an outstanding kick-an- punt coverage guy while he learns to play linebacker. He loves contact and has a fiery play temperament.
  • Woods is one of many players scouts refer to as “tweeners” because of their size or speed. He has been labeled that way as well, thus the conversion to linebacker from safety and it doesn’t bother him. “If there’s a spot on the 53-man roster for me as a quote, unquote “tweener,” I’ll be a “tweener,” Woods said. “I just want to play football, honestly. I don’t care where you put me. Just line up and let’s play ball.”