A 90-minute walk-through this morning put a wrap on the Bears' seventh training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. If players aren't lead-footing it north on Interstate 57 by now, they will be soon enough. It was a final preparation for Saturday's game at Seattle. The Seahawks are banged up and this is going to be a crucial game for the Bears at a number of positions--quarterback, offensive line and wide receiver to name a few. We'll see how Kevin Payne fills in at strong safety too for Brandon McGowan.
Coach Lovie Smith pointed out one of the real positives coming out of here is the health of the team. The Bears had very few injuries, as few as the Inside the Bears staff can remember in recent years, and the hope is that continues through three more preseason games.
"You can't get too high or too low based on what's happening," Smith said. "You just have to evaluate where you started. For us going into camp we had a lot of positions that were open. Guys were fighting for positions. All of them have stepped up and we'll just keep that evaluation going. To me, I've been through a couple camps, a successful camp a lot of times is when you get out injury free and we've done that for the most part. And again we've gotten good work done."
We'll check in with more later. Time to point the car north.