Bears’ Melton closer to return from concussion
Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton has started
to run as he recovers from a concussion, an encouraging sign with
the season opener approaching.
Coach Marc Trestman said Melton ran Monday and will do so again
on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Bears play Cleveland in the fourth
and final preseason game on Thursday, with the season opener
against Cincinnati on Sept. 8.
Melton was injured in the first preseason game at Carolina on
Aug. 9. Receiver Earl Bennett, who has been out since Aug. 2 with
his second concussion since December, did not appear to be as far
along. Trestman said he met with the medical staff on Monday and is
day to day.
Middle linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf) did some
”We’re optimistic that he’s going to be close,” Trestman
Second-round pick Jon Bostic has been starting with Williams
injured and has opened some eyes with his play. Even so, Trestman
wasn’t ready to declare him the starter.
The same goes for guard Kyle Long and tackle Jordan Mills on the
right side of the offensive line.
”I am not going to hide from the fact that they did very well
last week and have continued to improve. I’m just not ready to go
the distance on exactly what we are going to do as we move forward
here,” Trestman said. ”I can stand up here confidently and say
they played well.”
He also said he plans to sit most if not all the starters
against Cleveland and that Jordan Palmer will get the nod at QB,
with Jay Cutler and Josh McCown not expected to play and Matt
Blanchard nursing a broken knuckle.
Cornerback Zack Bowman (hamstring) did not practice, while long
snapper Patrick Mannelly (rib) participated after sitting out the
past two games.