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Quad limits cornerback Tim Jennings

Updated: July 31, 2014 9:39PM

BOURBONNAIS — Caution is getting in the way of comfort for cornerback Tim Jennings.

Once again Thursday, Jennings tapered his amount of snaps toward the end of practice to protect his sore quadriceps.

Jennings — who said his limited snaps went well — would rather be on the field adjusting to his new role at nickel back.

“I’m trying to work my way back in to get some nickel reps,” he said at Olivet Nazarene University. “I don’t want to put too much on it because I might pull it.”

Jennings said he had to be smart about his quad.

“Because you feel good at the start of practice,” he said, “and sometimes you might aggravate it or reaggravate it.”

Jennings said he was able to study the position — in which he moves inside while rookie Kyle Fuller plays outside — from the sideline.

“I like [nickel back],” he said. “Let’s see if I can get a feel for it.

“I was more comfortable at corner, so now you have to get more comfortable at nickel and be comfortable at both.”

Fresh off a four-year contract extension, Jennings likes what he has seen.

“We have a real special team,” he said. “A real special defense, once we put everything together.”

On the fumble

Three men who officiated the Bears’ Week 17 loss said they got the Packers’ fumble recovery, and ensuing touchdown, right.

It was so textbook, it was used in a postseason training video.

The Aaron Rodgers fumble that the Bears ignored — allowing Jarrett Boykin to run it in for a 15-yard score in the Packers’ 33-28 victory — was awkward, back judge Terrence Miles, umpire Garth DeFelice and side judge Greg Meyer agreed.

They were close to blowing the play dead — which, according to the rules, is their right — before the Packers’ bench motioned for their players to pick the ball up.

The rest was history.

The officials will participate in practice Friday and brief the Bears on new rules Saturday.

This and that

The Bears signed 6-7, 310-pound offensive lineman Graham Pocic, a Lemont native and Illinois alum, and 6-9, 315-pound offensive tackle Dennis Roland, who started 30 games in six seasons with the Bengals, to one-year deals. To make room, the team waived wide receiver Terrence Toliver (toe) with an injury settlement and undrafted free agent Cody Booth.

◆ There’s no timetable for the return of guard/tackle Eben Britton (hamstring), the team said.

Danny McCray played first-team free safety for the second consecutive day.


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