Updated: September 7, 2014 6:39AM
BOURBONNAIS — Isaiah Frey can’t catch a break.
The third-year cornerback went from the starting nickel back last season to No. 3 this year behind Tim Jennings and Kelvin Hayden, in part because he had no takeaways last season. He got his first interception of training camp Monday but suffered a right hamstring injury Tuesday and is out indefinitely.
Frey said he suffered the injury making a sudden stop during a drill in practice.
“I felt like I was having a pretty good camp … a better camp than I had last year as far as my knowledge of the game and being where I’m supposed to be,” Frey said. “Injuries like this happen. I’ve just got to rehab to get back as fast as possible.”
The Bears aren’t setting the bar too high for Jimmy Clausen, who will play in the first preseason game Friday. Clausen is making progress, considering he only joined the team in early June.
Clausen is expected to play after backup Jordan Palmer in the battle for the No. 2 spot behind Jay Cutler.
“By no means are we looking for a superstar,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “We’re looking for a guy who can read a coverage and throw it to the correct guy or work with the unit and make him successful.”
Ed Sprinkle (1923-2014)
Former Bears defensive end Ed Sprinkle, known as “the meanest man in pro football” and called “the greatest pass rusher I’ve ever seen” by coach George Halas in 1950, died July 28
at age 90 at his home in Palos Heights. The 6-1, 207-pound Sprinkle played for the Bears from 1944 to 1955, including their 1946 championship team.
It’s a girl for Jared Allen
Defensive end Jared Allen missed his third consecutive day to be with his wife for the birth of the couple’s second child, a daughter.
◆ Right tackle Jordan Mills, who suffered a broken left foot in Week 17 last season, left practice early because of soreness in his foot. It is not thought to be serious.
◆ Lance Briggs, who left practice early Monday with a knee bruise, was back.
◆ Jennings (quad) and offensive tackle Eben Britton (hamstring) did not practice. Safeties Chris Conte (shoulder) and Craig Steltz (groin) have been out all camp.
◆ Brandon Marshall sat out practice as a “coach’s decision,” coach Marc Trestman said.