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Stephen Paea wants back soon — good, because Bears need him

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Updated: October 9, 2013 12:21AM



If the Bears had held a real practice Tuesday — not just walk-throughs and meetings at Halas Hall because of the condensed week — defensive tackle Stephen Paea would have been limited because of his toe injury.

And that’s good news.

With Henry Melton and Nate Collins lost for the rest of the season with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, Paea’s availability is crucial for not only Thursday against the New York Giants but the rest of the season.

‘‘Every injury has its time [to heal],’’ said Paea, who was inactive against the New Orleans Saints. ‘‘I want to get back on the field as soon as possible to help my team and boys out.’’

Paea said there are concerns about risking further injury, but ‘‘at the same time, you can still play on it.’’

‘‘I’m just listening to our doctors and trainers,’’ he said.

Coach Marc Trestman said cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) would have sat out and worked with the trainers if practice had been held. Special-teamer Anthony Walters (hamstring) also would have sat.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (knee), receiver Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and left tackle Jermon Bushrod (calf) would have been limited. Linebacker Lance Briggs (hip), offensive tackle Eben Britton (foot) and receiver Joe Anderson (knee) were listed on the injury report but would have been full participants in practice.

In the trenches

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker thought defensive end Corey Wootton played well in the three-technique tackle spot against the Saints. It sounds as if he’ll remain there for now.

‘‘I liked him in there,’’ Tucker said. ‘‘He was able to get his pads down, use his hands and get off the ball, had a good anchor and played with good energy. That’s what you’re looking for in there.’’

Tucker also was happy with rookie defensive end David Bass’ first NFL game: two quarterback hurries on 13 snaps.

‘‘We tell him to compete to play and compete to stay, and he’s come in here and he’s competed well,’’ Tucker said. ‘‘He’s earned some time.’’

London calling?

The NFL announced that the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders will play home games at Wembley Stadium in London next year. Their opponents will be announced later this season. The Bears are scheduled to face the Falcons on the road in 2014.

If selected, the Bears would be playing in London for the second time since 2011.

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