BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--Marcus Harrison continues to make progress on the side while on the non-football injury list and the defensive tackle is hopeful he'll be cleared for a return by Saturday when the Bears will practice at Soldier Field during Family Day.
Harrison has missed four practices and one mini-practice thus far with Anthony Adams and Dusty Dvoracek dividing the reps at nose tackle in his absence. Harrison reported to camp at 322, 10 pounds above the weight he said he played at last season. It's a combination of weight and body fat percentage that the team wants him to drop, especially after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in May.
Some notes from the afternoon session:
The Bears are entering the most difficult days of training camp where their bodies are starting to feel fatigued after five weeks off. The session Monday afternoon probably reflected that somewhat, and quarterback Jay Cutler certainly was not as accurate as he has been, although he did lead the first offense into position for a 53-yard Robbie Gould field goal in the two-minute drills. Some quick notes from the workout:
Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Matt Toeania all returned to work.
Jamar Williams did a nice job taking on fullback Jason Davis in inside run drills.
Garrett Wolfe gets most of the work behind Kevin Jones with Adrian Peterson appearing to run fourth now in the backfield.
Tommie Harris got plenty of work in all drills.
Juaquin Iglesias and Johnny Knox were both out back deep for kickoff returns but the highlight was seeing defensive end Henry Melton run back a kickoff.
Hunter Hillenmeyer put a good pop on Wolfe in inside run drills.
Tyler Reed, who has worked at backup center and guard, continued to hold his own in individual pass rushing drills. He did well vs. Israel Idonije.
Once again, Josh Beekman was with the first team at left guard.
Nick Roach got more work with the starters at strong side linebacker, sharing the gig with Pisa Tinoisamoa.