The Bears defense had some notable moments during practice Wednesday night.
But fans in attendance were thrilled to see the Bears offense consistently making plays in the red zone.
It a problem last season, as the team ranked 27th in the NFL in red zone offense, converting less than half of their opportunities into touchdowns. But it was encouraging on Wednesday, as Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie made some nice decisions -- and better throws -- to their receivers.
Cutler's best pass was one to the right corner of the end zone. He flicked the ball before Devin Aromashodu broke toward the corner, and the receiver barely reached up and snatched it down for a touchdown.
Either Aromashodu was going to make the catch or nobody was.
"This year, we need to score down in the red zone," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "It has been encouraging.
"You got to get touchdowns down there."
Meanwhile, the injury list is piling up for the Bears. Smith said Unga's hamstring injury will take more time than originally expected. Mike Teel (hamstring), Charles Tillman (ankle) and Barry Turner didn't practice Wednesday, joining Chris Harris (back), Major Wright (groin) and Juaquin Iglesias (quad).
Linebacker Brian Iwuh watched the practice with a brace on his right knee. His injury is not significant.
Olin Kreutz was given the night off.