It was an action-packed day in Bourbonnais. Very lively practice, with lots of highlights.
The big story coming out, though, was rookie Major Wright suffering a groin injury towards the end. Up until then, Major was one of the stars of the practice, with an interception. He also showcased his speed and range, even getting some snaps as the starting free safety.
Bears coach Lovie Smith indicated that the injury wasn't too serious, though.
"We think he'll be OK," Smith said.
Asked what he's liked about Wright, Smith said, "Big hits, and also I like the way he's played the ball.
"He's been around the ball quite a bit. He's got good hands."
Other highlights from practice today:
* Play of the day was a seam pass late in practice from Jay Cutler to Greg Olsen. Why was it so great? The defense (Craig Steltz and Danieal Manning) was solid. It's just that Cutler led Olsen -- one of the keys to the new offense -- and allowed him to make a play. The tight end barely got to the ball, stretching his arms forward, and he made the catch, which would have been for a touchdown. It shows that tight ends -- particularly Olsen -- is very much a part of the plan, and not just on underneath routes. It also shows that Cutler can make those type of passes: drop back, set up and throw to a spot.
* OT James Marten more than held his own today in a two-on-two pass protection drill. Marten, 26, previously spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders. He played his college ball at Boston College.
* Frank Omiyale was pulled for a play during a drill after another false start.
* Al Afalava dropped an easy pick early in practice, but he got one toward the end.
* Mark Anderson continues to make more impact plays than Israel Idonije. I can't attest for how he's doing in terms of consistency (not watching them closely on a bunch of plays, yet). But, Anderson has gotten the sacks and tips.
* Tommie Harris and Julius Peppers flashed their one-two punch, steamrolling Chris Williams and Josh Beekman on two consecutive plays during a pass protection drill. The offensive linemen, though, did a better job on the third and final play.
* Textbook blocking for Johnny Knox on a punt return during a special teams portion of practice. Knox had a nice lane on the right side of the field, and he would have turned on the jets for a touchdown.