BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--The Bears wrapped up Day 3 of practices on a perfect sun-splashed afternoon.
Jay Cutler lined up at wide receiver for the first time, spreading out wide in the Wildcat formation as Devin Hester had a running play. That delighted a crowd that officials estimated approached 11,000.
"You noticed that?'' coach Lovie Smith said. ``We ran it one play, but everyone seems to notice that. It seems like it's catching on in the league. We're all talking a lot about it. We have some guys that can do things like that, whether it's Devin Hester or Garrett Wolfe, we have some players that can play in that role. Jay Cutler's an athlete, too, so who knows? We may throw him a pass out there too.''
In his answer to the next question, which wasn't related to the Wildcat, Smith backed up and made a point to say the Bears would not be passing the ball to Cutler and that it was a bad joke. We've heard worse.
Free safety Josh Bullocks came up with an interception by breaking on a ball along the sideline that Brett Basanez intended for Rashied Davis. Earl Bennett caught a nice deep ball from Jay Cutler.
Nathan Vasher made a nice play from behind to knock the ball out of Hester's hands.
Defensive end Mark Anderson had his left ankle wrapped twice.
Linebackers Lance Briggs and Hunter Hillenmeyer were sidelined. Smith called it soreness and Jamar Williams spent substantial time with the first team on the weak side. Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina sat out the practice and Marcus Harrison remained sidelined as he works to get his weight and body fat percentage down.
Center Olin Kreutz popped Williams at the end of a run play.
Nick Roach got a little time with the first team at strong-side linebacker.
Brad Maynard was booming some punts but had the wind at his back.
Matt Forte was held out of the inside run drill again.
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris was limited in practice.