By now you know that Marc Trestman was very pleased with Monday's "vicious" practice, the Bears are staying in Bourbonnais for another nine years and that Corey Wootton had his way with rookie Jordan Mills. Here's a look at the rest of the news and notes from the second-to-last practice in Bourbonnais.
Anderson back, Allen out: Wide receiver Joe Anderson (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, but was limited to individual drills. Running back Armando Allen is week-to-week with a hamstring injury instead of being day-to-day, opening the door for rookie Michael Ford. Harvey Unga, Jonathan Scott, D.J. Williams, Earl Bennett and Henry Melton all missed practice, with Bennett still at home as he recovers from a concussion. He hasn’t practiced in full since Aug. 2. Cheta Ozougwu tweaked his right hamstring during practice.
Snapping snafus: We learned last week that the team definitely values veteran O-lineman Eben Britton, and he has been running as the second-team right tackle after spending time filling in for Jermon Bushrod as the first-team left tackle. The Bears are now trying to see how versatile he can be, with Britton snapping for the third team at center. However, it was a tough day for Britton, who botched three snaps. He has played guard in his NFL career and spent time after Sunday's practice working on his snaps. Matt Slauson, Edwin Williams and Taylor Boggs are the other Bears who have worked there besides Roberto Garza.
More love for Minter: Undrafted rookie Zach Minter has garnered attention in these notebooks for his impressive play. He continues to work with the second team and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker lauded his work after practice. "We've taken note of Zach. He's strong, he has good initial quickness, he has a high motor," Tucker said. "When you watch him, he's all over the field. He finishes every play. He's not perfect, none of us are, but he has shown improvement."
Quick hits: Devin Aromashodu and Fendi Onobun got some reps as pass catchers with the first team. Onobun made a long catch early in team drills. ... Marquess Wilson also had a few snaps with the first team, but Trestman made it clear Sunday that the rookie needs to improve his special teams. ... During the first several practices, Kyle Long and James Brown did some rotating with the first-team offense at right guard. In the last two practices, it's been all Long and Mills on the right side with the 1's.