Bears coaches saw enough to make a call on concussed Chris Conte
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter August 25, 2014 8:53PM
Updated: August 25, 2014 11:59PM
Chris Conte played “fast” and “aggressive” with “no hesitation” before suffering a concussion on Friday, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said Monday.
Despite having played only part of one game after recovering from shoulder surgery, the Bears have seen enough to be able to judge the safety.
“With the time available, we felt like that was enough to make a clean evaluation on him,” Tucker said.
Coach Marc Trestman called Conte “day-to-day,” saying he could not quantify the severity of his concussion because he was going through the protocol.
Fales to start
Despite not playing the last two preseason games, rookie quarterback David Fales will start — and likely finish — the finale in Cleveland on Thursday.
“Definitely excited to get in and compete,” Fales said. “I’ve been staying dialed in each week, so I know the offense, I know the reads.”
Fales’ odds of making the final roster might have increased. If the Bears had hoped for him to join their practice squad, they likely wouldn’t provide other interested teams with four quarters of game film.
This and that
The Bears terminated the contract of safety Craig Steltz, a special-teams stalwart who had spent his career with them after being drafted in 2008. The team needs to trim two more to whittle the roster to 75 by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
◆ Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who been out with a right-ankle injury, returned to practice.