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Chicago Bears wide receiver BrandMarshall (15) celebrates touchdown receptiagainst Jacksonville Jaguars during first half an NFL preseasfootball game Chicago Thursday

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates a touchdown reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Signaling is back judge Todd Prukop (30). (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: August 17, 2014 9:55PM



Safety Chris Conte’s bid to regain his starting job became more onerous Thursday. After practicing for three consecutive days, Conte was inactive for the exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.

Coach Marc Trestman said earlier this week that he hoped Conte would be able to play but that the final decision belonged to the training staff. Conte had surgery on his right shoulder in March and practiced for the first time Sunday.

Conte said Tuesday that his body felt great. He worked in all drills this week, seeing time with veteran safety Adrian Wilson with the second-team defense.

“I want to play every game,” Conte said. “It’s not up to me, though. There’s a plan that was laid out for me. I just have to follow that plan.”

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker maintained that there was enough time to evaluate Conte despite his lengthy absence. But sitting out against the Jaguars didn’t help. Conte has a handful of new teammates to work with in the secondary.

“I’m doing my job; they’re doing their job,” Conte said. “It’s the ability to communicate. You have to be able to communicate with everyone. That’s really the only thing you got to work.”

Marshall matters

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall will become the first active NFL player to serve as an analyst on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” when the series begins its 37th year Sept. 2.

Marshall will join the re-tooled show, which features new host Greg Gumbel and analysts Ed Reed, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms.

The show will air Tuesday nights throughout the season — typically a day off for players — and re-air Wednesday nights on NFL Network.

Yellow flags galore

The Bears and Jaguars combined for 21 penalties for 206 yards, causing plenty of players to roll their eyes.

Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris’ roughing-the-passer penalty late in the game even infuriated Bears defensive end Jared Allen.

“If that is, I’m hosed,” Allen said. “Because I’m going to get about 20 of those this year. At some point, in my opinion, you got to look at what’s better for the game. Are all these flags on the field better for the pace of the game? Is it a better fan experience? I don’t think so.”

Sitting it out

One surprising inactive player for the Bears was defensive end Willie Young.

Coach Marc Trestman said Young was dealing with a bruised knee. After the game, Young said the injury wasn’t a big deal.

As expected, right tackle Jordan Mills (left foot) sat out, but he no longer was wearing a walking boot.

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