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Bears CB Tim Jennings feels better, joins No. 1 defense

Updated: September 12, 2014 6:28AM

BOURBONNAIS — Some post-practice sprints for cornerback Tim Jennings felt just right after being sidelined by a nagging quadriceps injury for the bulk of training camp.

“I’m going to try to get some conditioning back,” said Jennings, who returned to practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “That’s what camp’s about — execute even when you’re tired. It was a good start. I know I’ve got to try to ease my way back in there.”

Jennings suffered his injury during the first day of practice at camp. He had only been able to do limited work until Sunday, when he joined the No. 1 defense in team drills.

“It’s feeling better,” Jennings said. “I made it through the whole practice, so I’m making progress.”

Jennings’ injury has hindered his progress at nickel back. He said he’s still learning his keys and trying to gain a feel for certain routes.

“I don’t know what I feel like right now because I’m playing nickel — it’s all new to me,” he said. “But once I get everything down pat, I’ll start rotating some corner, and everything will be fluid.”

On the sidelines

Veteran offensive lineman Brian de la Puente said he will be out a couple of weeks after suffering a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

He suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Bears’ exhibition opener Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles and feared the worst.

“[My anterior cruciate ligament] was fine, which was a big relief,” de la Puente said. “The MRI was promising. The big stuff was all right.”

More injury news

Special-teams standout Craig Steltz practiced for the first time since undergoing groin surgery in the offseason.

“I’ve been getting better every day, so you just have to be smart about it,” he said.

Right tackle Jordan Mills, meanwhile, sat out with a walking boot on his left foot. The Bears have been cautious with Mills’ surgically repaired foot.

“[The boot is] just precautionary,” he said. “It’s taking pressure off my foot and not putting too much weight on it.”

Guard Kyle Long (sore ankle) practiced, but offensive lineman Eben Britton (hamstring) and defensive back Isaiah Frey (hamstring) remained out.


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