CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers after intercepting a pass at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Roster battles are the name of the game when it comes to training camp, but in the case of the Chicago Bears, injuries are beginning to have a bit of an effect on things in the early going.
That’s because Tim Jennings, who is splitting time at cornerback and the nickel corner position, missed Saturday’s practice in Bourbonnais thanks to a quadriceps injury. Defensive end Willie Young also had to come out of the practice early with the same injury, but both players are day-to-day, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Jennings and Young join safeties Chris Conte and Craig Steltz on the shelf, as well as right guard Kyle Long, who is sidelined with a viral infection. He will be re-evaluated after the weekend, and could practice either Monday or Wednesday.
With the variety of injuries the Bears are facing, they’re trying to shuffle in new faces and get them as many first team reps as possible. Kyle Fuller, who is likely ahead in the race to grab either a corner spot or the nickel back job, jumped to the outside full-time with Jennings on the shelf, and Kelvin Hayden took over in nickel formations during Saturday’s workout. Adrian Wilson is also getting plenty of work at the safety spot with Conte and Steltz out, as is Brock Vereen.
As for Young, he was playing defensive end in nickel formations before going down with an injury, with Lamarr Houston shifting inside. Trevor Scott got a bit of a look in those situations when Young left the lineup.