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Switch in Bears’ secondary: Ryan Mundy to free safety

Updated: August 5, 2014 8:43AM



BOURBONNAIS — Veteran safety Ryan Mundy was back with the Bears’ starters Monday but in a new spot.

For the first time in training camp, the secondary featured Mundy at free safety and Adrian Wilson at strong safety.

“There’s some characteristics that you could say that this is what you want your free safety to have [and] this is what you want your strong safety to have,” Mundy said. “But through my experience, you have to be able to play both because throughout a game you have different formations, shifts, motions, situations. A lot can take you from a free safety to strong safety.”

Mundy had worked primarily at strong safety since the team’s offseason training. He and rookie safety Brock Vereen entered training camp with the first-team defense. But defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has now featured four safety combinations with his starters.

“We’re moving guys around to make sure everyone has a fair ­opportunity,” Tucker said. “There’s nothing set in stone.”

That said, Mundy did ­little to warrant a brief break from the first team. He’s been a consistent performer throughout camp.

“All we can do is go where they tell us to go,” Mundy said. “We haven’t even played our first preseason game yet, so any little ripple that happened back there, bigger waves were being made than probably should have been.”

This and that

Linebacker Lance Briggs left practice early with a bruised knee. A team representative said he “knocked knees” with another player.

◆ Cornerback Tim Jennings (quadriceps) and offensive lineman Eben Britton (hamstring) continued to rehab injuries and missed practice.

◆ Defensive end Jared Allen and running back Shaun Draughn were excused from practice.

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