Eager to impress at DT, Corey Wootton hindered by injury
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 11, 2013 9:26PM
DEFENSIVE LINE A Julius Peppers dominated with 3 sacks as the Bears made an easy job look easy, for whatever that’s worth. Israel Idonije (1 sack) and Corey Wootton made an impact as well.
Updated: August 11, 2013 10:25PM
BOURBONNAIS — Defensive end Corey Wootton couldn’t help but feel disappointed. He had put in ample work at tackle in certain situations for the Bears’ defense. He wanted to show it against the Carolina Panthers.
But a right calf injury kept him out of the preseason opener.
“I’m feeling better,” Wootton said. “I just kind of tweaked my calf a little bit last week in practice. I tried it out in pregame, and it didn’t really feel right, so I was held out. I’m just trying to get it right, and that’s the biggest thing, trying to get healthy and just be 100 percent.”
Wootton took part in practice on a limited basis Sunday. It’s the second time an injury has hindered him at practice. He dealt with a hip injury earlier in training camp. But he’s happy with his progress at tackle.
“Last year, I didn’t get too much work inside,” Wootton said. “It’s a different ballgame. You have less space. You don’t get to take a long step when you get off. I’m trying to use my length and quickness and trying to get some pressure.”
Long snapper Patrick Mannelly said he’s planning to be ready for the regular-season opener and was in good spirits when talking about his cracked rib.
“It was poor field awareness on my part,” Mannelly said of the big hit that injured him Friday.
Mannelly said he’s a little sore.
“It’s not as bad I thought it would be,” he said. “Some people with them can’t move, can’t laugh, can’t sneeze. I haven’t sneezed yet, but I can laugh OK.”
Defensive tackle Henry Melton (concussion) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) didn’t attend practice. Bennett’s concussion seems more problematic, considering he suffered one last year. Coach Marc Trestman described it as “lingering” and said he was resting at home over the weekend.
† Wide receiver Joe Anderson (shoulder), offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee), linebacker D.J. Williams (calf) and running back Harvey Unga (rib) sat out practice. Running back Armando Allen left with a hamstring injury.
Defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson practiced after dealing with a knee injury.