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Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod out of boot, cautious about his return

Updated: September 4, 2013 6:16AM

BOURBONNAIS — The walking boot is gone, but Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod is still recovering from a right calf strain.

“It’s always good to be out of that boot, man,” Bushrod said Friday. “I had to do that for precautionary reasons. So I’ve got to go with what the training room says, and it’s all about this team. I just want to get back, but I can’t rush it.”

Bushrod wouldn’t say whether he underwent an MRI exam, but he’s undergoing daily treatment and said this is the first time he has suffered such an injury. He strained his calf Monday during warmups.

“I don’t like missing practice,” said Bushrod, who got a five-year deal from the Bears to be their starting left tackle. “For me not to be out there and grind with these guys, it’s not fun.”

The Bears’ first preseason game is next Friday against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Bushrod said playing in it would be beneficial, but he’ll side with caution.

“It would be nice to get out there and put some of this hard work that we’ve been doing against another opponent,” Bushrod said. “But . . . I do not want to get it to the point where I’m out even longer.”

Wootton update

Defensive end Corey Wootton is considered day-to-day with a hip injury, which the team described as “nothing major.”

“The feeling coming out of today is that he’s getting better, and we’ll let [trainer] Chris [ Hanks] monitor it,” coach Marc Trestman said. “[Wootton will] be out here when he gets the OK to do that.”

This and that

Cornerback Tim Jennings returned to practice after being excused from the last two for personal reasons.

◆ Linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf injury) is out of his walking boot, but he remains sidelined.

◆ The Bears waived tight end Brody Eldridge. They brought in veteran tight end Leonard Pope , 29, for a visit, and a deal could be reached soon. Pope has played for the Cardinals, Chiefs and Steelers.

◆ The Bears waived kicker Austin Signor and signed undrafted rookie linebacker Andrew Starks, a Plainfield native who played at Princeton.

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