The thermometer read mid-80s, but it felt much hotter than that Sunday.
And still Bears coach Lovie Smith pushed his players who, in pads, practiced for about two hours and 20 minutes.
Veterans Brian Urlacher and Olin Kreutz returned, but three other players joined Chris Harris on the injured list. Receiver Juaquin Iglesias (groin), running back Harvey Unga (hamstring) and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison didn't finish practice. Harrison stripped off his pads and jersey toward the end of practice and cooled off on the sideline.
Here are a few things that stood out:
* There were five false starts by offensive linemen. But offensive line coach Mike Tice told me he isn't reading too much into that because they were working on a hard count and executing new plays at the same time. Frank Omiyale was the main culprit, jumping twice. He was replaced by James Marten after the second.
* Cornerback Tim Jennings made an impression in his first practice (he had been sidelined with a knee injury) by stretching out for a difficult interception of Jay Cutler down the field. Jennings is in the mix for the nickel cornerback spot, along with Corey Graham who also had a pick Sunday.
* With safety Chris Harris (back) sitting out another practice, Craig Steltz took the starting reps alongside Danieal Manning. But, rookie Major Wright also got some snaps with the starters and didn't look wholly out of place.
* Not sure how he did overall. But, Mark Anderson made more splash plays than Israel Idonije in practice today. Anderson had what would have been a sack (he didn't bite on a play-action fake), and he batted down a pass attempt.
* Jay Cutler was in a nice groove with his receivers and tight ends. Devin Hester seemed to be his favorite target today, though. Unlike yesterday, Cutler definitely threw more passes to spots and required the receivers to go get the ball. Devin Aromashodu did that very nicely on a deep pass on the left sideline.
* I've been very impressed with how hard unheralded running back Kahlil Bell runs. He's got a burst, and he bounces off people.
* Don't sleep on tight end Richard Angulo, a long-time project of Mike Tice. Angulo was with Tice in Minnesota and joined him in Jacksonville, when Tice worked with tight ends. Angulo is a big target with soft hands. He's made several impressive catches in this camp, most notably a one-handed on the sideline on Day One.
* Left guard Johan Asiata has been quiet. I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet. For instance, Josh Beekman has stood out with a couple of false starts.
* Tice suggested that three offensive line jobs are open: left guard, obviously, but also right guard and right tackle. I'll delve deeper into that later...