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It was interesting to watch veteran free safety Mike Brown work on his back pedal over and over again with assistant defensive backs coach Gill Byrd Thursday afternoon. Long after nearly every rookie had done his due diligence of carrying the shoulder pads of veterans off the field, Brown was still working.

Byrd, a the career leader in interceptions for the San Diego Chargers who retired 15 years ago, explained it was the nuances of the game they were drilling, not the scheme.

Veteran safety Mike Brown stopped Sunday at the end of the team's three-day minicamp to talk for the first time since rupturing the ACL in his left knee during the season opener last September at San Diego.

He's been cleared for a full return and looked like his old self, stepping in front of a hot read for Rashied Davis and picking off a Kyle Orton pass in team drills. Brown was off to the races for an imaginary touchdown to the delight of teammates.

Once again, the Bears are optimistic about the return of safety Mike Brown and the contributions the veteran can make to the defense.

It’s not unlike any of the past three offseasons when he was coming back from an injury. This time, the Bears will have some protection in the event he’s injured and misses a significant portion of the season.

The Bears and Brown have agreed to a restructuring of his contract for the final year of the $17 million, five-year extension he agreed to in 2003.