If the Bears are looking into the free-agent market for possibilities at guard, it's slim pickings.
That is what you would expect in early August when training camp rosters are full.
Ruben Brown, the ex-Bear, remains a free agent. He'd expressed interest in continuing his career in the spring but making a move to bring him back could be viewed as an admission of error that the Bears did not work to re-sign him after last season.
Then there is ex-Cleveland Brown LeCharles Bentley, who was let go in June. It's hard to say what he could offer. Serious injuries have prevented him from doing much of anything the last two seasons after signing a $36 million, six-year contract in March 2006 to move over from the New Orleans Saints.
"I'm not making any comment on specific teams,'' Bentley's agent Jon Feinsod said Tuesday afternoon. "But there is a lot of interest right now in LeCharles."
Those comments mirror what Feinsod told the Cleveland Plain Dealer three weeks ago. It's been rumored lately that Bentley could be headed to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Feinsod indicated he was aware of the Bears' situation after news broke Tuesday that left guard Terrence Metcalf was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery.
Making a play for Bentley doesn't seem like the kind of move the Bears are inclined to make, especially if they are confident Metcalf will be back in a few weeks. Nothing can be ruled out at this point, however, given the state of the left side of the offensive line.
*** A major storm before dawn this morning wiped out power to parts of campus at Olivet Nazarene University. High winds blew one set of bleachers clear on to a practice field. It was reported that a stake holding a barrier rope in the ground around the fields flew across the street from campus and punctured a car tire. Practice has been closed to the public this evening because of standing water, among other issues. Many tents on campus were also wrecked.
*** We'll Twitter some updates from the practice field later and check back in.