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Bears playing it safe with OT Jordan Mills

Updated: June 17, 2014 10:27PM



Bears right tackle Jordan Mills better get used to standing and watching. It sounds as if the Bears are going to be very cautious with him after he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot before the season finale last year against the Packers.

“They just wanted to rest me for a day or two,” Mills said after sitting out the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. “It’s a precaution, nothing major. I’ll be ready to go. I’m 100 percent. [The team] just wanted to take precautions. I was kind of mad I couldn’t practice and be out there with them. But the trainers know best.”

Mills said nothing happened during organized team activities to spur his break.

“OTAs went great,” he said.

With Mills out, Eben Britton and Michael Ola worked with the starters.

“The situation with Jordan is he had a really good OTAs,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We just want to be smart on this foot of his and make sure it continues to heal properly, and it is. We just wanted to give him some time away.”

Cutting pounds

Tight end Martellus Bennett said he slimmed down during the offseason, dropping one waist size and declaring himself “a tight end with a tight end.”

“That’s what the offseason is really about — getting sexier and looking better in your uniform for the season,” he joked.

This and that

Safety Chris Conte, linebacker Khaseem Greene and rookie defensive tackle Will Sutton were excused Tuesday because of family reasons, Trestman said.

◆ Safety Craig Steltz was limited at practice, but that still was a good sign. Trestman said Steltz sat out OTAs after undergoing “leg-related” work this offseason.

“He appears to be healing,” Trestman said.

◆ Former Bears quarterback Josh McCown was named the 2013 “Good Guy” award winner by the Chicago chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America for his professionalism last season.

◆ Safety Sean Cattouse, a Hubbard graduate, was waived.

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