Bears call off practice because of bad turf

The Chicago Bears canceled a practice in front of fans at

Soldier Field because the turf was deemed unsafe for the players to

use.

Fans paid $8 to attend Chicago Bears Family Fest on Friday, but

it was called off an hour before it was scheduled to start because

seams had buckled on the edge of 3-foot wide sod pieces which had

been put down 3 1/2 weeks ago.

Operations officials from the Bears and Chicago Park District

decided it was too risky for players.

Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour says the field had

not been watered enough, but added it could be repaired in time for

the Bears’ first preseason game against Buffalo Aug. 13.