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Domenik Hixon tears ACL in OTAs

Updated: June 29, 2014 6:40AM



Domenik Hixon’s Bears career didn’t last one practice.

Signed to a one-year deal to compete for receiving and kick- return jobs, Hixon, 29, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities at Halas Hall.

On Facebook, Hixon said he was disappointed about his third ACL tear and that the team “has the players and coaches to win the Super Bowl.”

Josh Morgan becomes Marquess Wilson’s chief competition at third receiver, with Chris Williams the favorite to return kicks.

Jennings at nickel

The Bears’ plan to get Kyle Fuller on the field will require Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings — not the rookie — to switch to nickel back.

Jennings was told last week he will move to nickel back on downs in which he, Fuller and Charles Tillman are on the field.

Jennings played nickel Tuesday.

“It’s a little different for me,” Jennings said. “I’ve got to get acclimated to playing nickel and playing two positions on defense.

“Once I think I get that going, it’ll be a good transition for all three of us.”

On base downs, Jennings will play left cornerback, with Tillman at right corner.

“We feel like we have to get Kyle on the field,” Jennings said. “So whether he has to play corner or I have to play nickel, we all have to take our jobs and do what they ask.”

Slauson out

Left guard Matt Slauson had surgery on his right shoulder about 31/2 months ago, a source confirmed to the Sun-Times, but should return in time for fall camp.

Slauson, who didn’t miss a snap last season, was one of four veterans in attendance who did not practice, along with defensive tackle Nate Collins and safeties Chris Conte and Craig Steltz.

This and that

Middle linebacker D.J. Williams, signed to a one-year deal this offseason, was the most noticeable no-show. The Bears are not obligated to give a reason — the workout is voluntary — and no coaches are available for comment during OTAs. The team’s mandatory minicamp starts June 17. Williams missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

◆ Linebacker Lance Briggs said the broken left shoulder that cost him seven games last season is getting better after a restful offseason.

“There’s not much I’m not able to do in practice,” he said.



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