No word yet on whether wide receiver Mark Bradley will be ready to go when the Bears hit the practice fields for the first time Wednesday.
Bradley missed the bulk of the offseason program after tweaking his right knee in voluntary workouts leading to arthroscopic surgery in May.
At the time, the club announced he was questionable for the start of training camp. For his part, Bradley vowed he would be ready when things kicked off. It's fair to say it is important for Bradley to be involved early. He was essentially handed a starting job after Bernard Berrian set sail for Minnesota in free agency and Muhsin Muhammad was released. But after making just six receptions last season, and really being only marginally involved because of injuries since his rookie season in 2005, Bradley doesn't have much room for error.
Say what you want about the Bears' lack of a true No. 1 receiver, but the one thing they don't lack is bodies anxious for an opportunity. Marty Booker, Devin Hester, Brandon Lloyd and Rashied Davis make up your top four, put them in whatever order you wish. Then you have Bradley, third-round pick Earl Bennett, Mike Hass, Brandon Rideau and Marcus Monk.
So, you get the picture. The only thing is clear is that Bradley, with a history of injuries to both knees, is going to need to stay on the field.