Jordan Mills sheds boot, won’t play vs. Seattle
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 18, 2014 9:06PM
Updated: September 20, 2014 6:22AM
Starting right tackle Jordan Mills has missed two preseason games and several practices, but he’s no longer wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
“It’s good news I’m out of the boot,” Mills said Monday after missing another practice.
Mills, in his second season, said it would be beneficial to play in a preseason game but indicated that he wouldn’t play Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.
“My foot is doing great,” he said. “I’m taking it day by day. I should be back soon, hopefully next week.”
Mills underwent surgery in January to repair a fractured metatarsal. The Bears have been cautious with him since organized team activities.
“There was a little soreness when I hurt it two weeks ago,” Mills said. “But we’re just being careful. That’s why they put me in the boot, just to be cautious.
“I’m a 318-pound man applying force to it every day, so I’ve got to take it easy.”
Conte eager to play
After hoping to play last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, safety Chris Conte said he’s set to play in his first game since he had surgery on his right shoulder.
“I don’t know where I’m going to be playing at or what,” Conte said, “but I’m going to be playing in some capacity.”
Linebacker Lance Briggs is considered day-to-day after sitting out practice with a bruised knee. Cornerback Kyle Fuller, as expected, missed practice with the right ankle injury that forced him out of Thursday’s exhibition.
Offensive linemen Eben Britton (hamstring) and Brian de la Puente (sprained MCL) and defensive back Isaiah Frey (hamstring) remain out.
Chris Williams (hamstring) returned to practice, and special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said he’s a candidate at returner, especially with Eric Weems gone. But Micheal Spurlock is “really the first one at bat right now” at returner, DeCamillis said.
Defensive end Willie Young (bruised knee) returned to practice after missing the exhibition against the Jaguars.
The Bears signed returner Darius Reynaud and cornerback Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and cut long snapper Chad Rempel and punter Tress Way.
Contributing: Patrick Finley