Omiyale steps into breech
BOURBONNAIS – Bears offensive lineman Frank Omiyale returned to his former spot on the first team during Friday’s practice at Olivet Nazarene University.
Omiyale stepped in for left tackle J’Marcus Webb, who left practice early because he felt sick in the heat. Rookie Gabe Carimi remained at right tackle, while Chris Williams, Roberto Garza and Lance Louis started on the interior.
Omiyale said he was happy to fill in, if only for a day. He started 14 games at left tackle last season but was relegated to the second team when the Bears drafted Carimi and shifted Webb to the left side.
“It felt good being with the older guys and just letting them know I’m here for them,” said Omiyale, who likely will be the Bears’ top reserve tackle. “I may have to step in and not cause any mishaps, so it did feel good.”
Staying patient: A week has passed since Bears defensive end Corey Wootton injured his knee on the opening kickoff against the Buffalo Bills.
It will take much longer for Wootton’s disappointment to pass. He battled knee injuries at Northwestern and finally was healthy heading into his second NFL training camp.
“I felt like I had all of my burst back and I was ready to go,” Wootton said Friday before heading to a physical therapy session. “It’s disappointing, but things happen in life and you have to respond and bounce back.”
Wootton hopes to be ready for the Bears’ regular-season opener Sept. 11.
“Hopefully sooner than later,” Wootton said. “I’m hoping to be back in four weeks ready to contribute.”
Back in action: Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and wide receiver Devin Hester returned to practice after sitting out the past two sessions.
Urlacher, who missed parts of two practices because of general soreness, practiced alongside Nick Roach and Brian Iwuh on the first team defense. Iwuh filled in for weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs, who will miss Monday’s game because of a knee bruise.
Bears bits: Undrafted rookie Dom DeCicco, a linebacker from Pittsburgh, continued to earn first-team repetitions on special teams. ... Kicker Robbie Gould drilled a 44-yard field goal to end a team drill.