After the Bears’ first full pad practice Wednesday, coach Jeff Tedford said the team needed to perform better today, the second of back-to-back days in pads. He said they accomplished that goal.
“We were better today,” Tedford said. “The energy was better. They were challenged today to pick it up. Everybody is sore, everybody is tired. But you’re going to be tired and you’re going to be sore in a game. I thought they responded well.”
There’s much less to report on today’s full pad practice because yesterday’s was open to the media. Much of today’s post-practice session with Tedford dealt with injury updates.
As mentioned in another post, fullback Eric Stevens is out for the season. Turns out the leg injury he suffered Wednesday was as bad as it looked. Stevens went for an MRI on Wednesday night where he received the bad news.
Tedford was asked what kind of impact Stevens’ absence will have on the offense.
“All the guys are about the same, as far as what they bring to the table,” Tedford said. “It dips into your depth a little bit.”
Will Kapp becomes the starter. Tedford said John Tyndall and Nico Dumont “move up and become more of a factor.”
In other injury updates:
- Wide receiver Jackson Bouza will need about three weeks to recover from surgeryon his finger.
- Nose tackle Aaron Tipoti has a “pretty serious concussion,” according to Tedford. “He’ll probably be awhile.”
- Freshman linebacker Jason Gibson has a high ankle sprain. He’s also expected to miss substantial time. “I wouldn’t expect him back for quite awhile,” Tedford said.
- Linebacker Robert Mullins, who has a concussion, is expected to be back Saturday.
- Tailback Isi Sofele, who shut it down in the middle of practice Wednesday because of cramping, practiced in full without any problems.
- Left tackle Mitchell Schwartz (hamstring) continues to do more on-field work but isn’t back to 100 percent yet.