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Kreutz taking physical, could return to practice today

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Chances are good the Bears will get one mandatory piece back today in their efforts to rebuild the offensive line.

Six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz will take a physical before practice this afternoon at 3. If his repaired Achilles tendon checks out, he will be removed from the physically unable to perform list and cleared to participate, at least partially, in practice.

Kreutz has missed the first six days of training camp and seven practices as he mends. He underwent a procedure to clear up a minor injury that has bothered him for years a week before camp. He did some running on the side on Monday and there were no setbacks with that work. This would give him more than a week to prepare for the preseason opener Aug. 7 vs. Kansas City at Soldier Field.

The Bears expect to have only two starters where they were at the beginning of this season vs. the start of 2007--Kreutz and right guard Roberto Garza. John Tait has been playing right tackle exclusively after manning the left tackle post for the last three seasons. Terrence Metcalf is at left guard and John St. Clair has been by himself at left tackle.

Rookie tackle Chris Williams has been out four straight days and missed five practices with a back issue. It's unknown if he will return to the field today and with each passing day St. Clair has got a firmer hold on the job. Williams looked to be moving around better today and did some stretching and light running on the side Monday. We will Twitter some updates from the practice field in a short while.

Also, defensive tackle Anthony Adams returned to camp after missing one day to attend a funeral in Detroit. He is expected to practice. Adams is also zeroing in on a starting job as Dusty Dvoracek remains sidelined with a pulled right calf muscle. A timetable for his return is not known.

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I love all these competitions, brings out the best in these guys. Keep up the great work Brad, I'm enjoying your Tweets, makes me feel like I'm at training camp!

I think Matt Toeaina should get some reps with the first string at Nose Tackle while Dvoracek is recovering. He has the best hands in terms of shedding a block that I have seen in a while and he brings and ability to penetrate and disrupt the running game in the backfield. I think Matt definitly has demonstrated these abilities more than Adams or Harrison thus far but he has not been given more reps with the first unit, probably because he wasn't a free agent pick-up (like Anthony Adams) or a high draft pick ( like Harrison).

Doesn't it seem odd that Olin did this just before camp if it has bothered him for years?

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