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Bears safeties Chris Conte, Ryan Mundy in limbo

The Bears snapped up veteran long snapper Jeremy Ca(above) after releasing BrandHartsSunday. | Chris O’Meara/AP

The Bears snapped up veteran long snapper Jeremy Cain (above) after releasing Brandon Hartson on Sunday. | Chris O’Meara/AP

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Updated: September 2, 2014 2:18AM



Two safeties returned to practice, but their roles remained in limbo.

Chris Conte had limited work Monday, his first day back since suffering a concussion Aug. 22 against the Seahawks. Presumed starter Ryan Mundy returned, too, after suffering a head gash in the same game.

Coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will wait and see before naming starters, suggesting Wednesday as the earliest date.

Conte played only 22 preseason snaps — all in Seattle — before the concussion.

“He hasn’t had the preparation time certainly that other guys have had, there’s no doubt about it,” Trestman said. “But we go by what the trainers and the doctors have to say.

“If he’s not in condition to play, if he’s not physically ready to play, he won’t.

“If they feel like he is, he’s going to have to work into that because he didn’t get the preseason time that the other guys did.”

Cain returns

In his third stint with the Bears, Jeremy Cain will try to replace a legend.

The Bears signed the veteran long snapper to take Patrick Mannelly’s place, one day after cutting Brandon Hartson.

Cain played two games for the Bears last season — including the weather-ravaged Ravens game — while Mannelly recovered from an injured right calf.

The 6-1, 245-pounder said there was a lot of familiarity at Halas Hall, but he didn’t emerge from a tryout just because of that.

“They want to know how you are now,” he said. “They don’t really care about the past. It’s all about now.”

This and that

The Bears revealed their 10-man practice squad. Seven players spent the preseason with the team: wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, guard Ryan Groy, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, linebacker DeDe Lattimore and cornerbacks Isaiah Frey and Al Louis-Jean. The team added three new players: cornerback Terrance Mitchell, cut by the Cowboys; defensive tackle Roy Philon, a former Steeler; and wide receiver/returner Rashad Ross, who was waived by the Redskins.

◆ Trestman said that because of technical CBA rules, he could better answer on Wednesday whether wide receiver Marquess Wilson, recovering from clavicle surgery, will be put on injured reserve-eligible to return. The team can add him to the list Tuesday.

◆ Trestman said the Bears kept four halfbacks — plus fullback Tony Fiammetta — to help compensate for the fact that linebackers D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs don’t play special teams. Fiammetta returned to practice after suffering a hamstring injury in Seattle and called his odds of playing Sunday “an evolving thing.”

◆ Guard Brian de la Puente practiced on a limited basis as he recovers from an MCL sprain. Quarterback David Fales missed practice with a sore shoulder.

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