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Corey Wootton shines at Bears camp

Updated: September 9, 2011 12:40AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Corey Wootton made an ­impact in his rookie season that reverberated throughout the NFL. It was his hit and sack of Brett Favre in December that put an end to Favre’s career.

‘‘I hear about that a lot — especially in Chicago,’’ Wootton said. ‘‘But that’s not the only thing I want to be ­remembered for.’’

Wootton played in six games as a rookie. But even after a week of training-camp practices that can fool anybody about anything, it looks like he’s determined to make a bigger impact in 2011 as the third defensive end behind Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije.

The 6-6, 270-pounder from Northwestern is hard to miss in practices, using his size, speed and aggressiveness to challenge any lineman.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has noticed.

‘‘I like what Wootton has done in camp,’’ Marinelli said. ‘‘He looks quick [and] fast. . . . He’s smart. He’s got great tempo. He’s trimmed down.’’

Mark Potash

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