By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 at 9:40 pm in Training camp.
I wasn’t at practice today but our capable columnist, Eric Gilmore, filled in. You can expect a column on DeSean Jackson in Thursday’s paper.
Some notes that were passed on to me:
Defensive tackle Derrick Hill still hasn’t practiced because of back spasms. X-rays were negative, but coach Jeff Tedford still didn’t seem too happy about the situation.
“It’s coming into camp in poor shape,” he said, who didn’t seem to mind if his comments wound up in the papers. “That’s what happens when you come into camp in poor shape.”
The Bears worked out in shells for the first time. They did a lot of 11-on-11. Freshman running back Jahvid Best looked good, and although Tedford warned you really can’t make a judgement on someone until he is in full pads, he clearly has been impressed so far by the speedy tailback.
“So far, he’s been just great,” Tedford said.
Tedford also said he was aware that Tennessee running back LaMarcus Coker has been suspended indefinitely by coach Phillip Fulmer. It’s unknown if Coker will be reinstated by the time the Bears and Vols hook up for the season-opener on Sept. 1. ESPN.com is reporting Coker was suspended for a substance abuse violation.
Tedford said he only tells his players about situations such as these to remind them not to make the same mistakes.
“It’s not so much about them, but us continuing to make good decisions so we don’t put ourselves in these situations,” he said.