CHICAGO (CBS) –The Bears hit the training ground for the first time under head coach Matt Eberflus, with defensive end Robert Quinn skipping the offseason schedule.
But linebacker Roquan Smith hasn’t practiced and is officially on the physically unable to play list.
Eberflus said Smith was suffering from an injury but did not elaborate and did not say if it was related to him wanting a new contract.
“He is well placed,” Eberflus said. “We had a great conversation.”
The coach added: “He’s focused. He’s in a meeting. He’s wired that way. He’s on PUP so not able to come out for training. He’s wired.”
Regarding Smith’s contract situation, Eberflus said, “I know now that he’s on it, and that’s all I can say at this time.”
Quinn said the reason he skipped the entire offseason program was simply to take care of himself and his body, and had nothing to do with wanting to be traded or that the Bears wanted him. ‘swap.
“I got traded twice,” Quinn said. “You’re tired of moving. I thought I did a good job last year, but I guess (I’ll keep) trying to pick myself up. I expect to be here, but I guess if not, well , it’s out of my control.”
When asked if he wanted to stay with the Bears, Quinn replied “Yeah. I never expected to go anywhere.”
It was also the first practice for many new Bears, including Michael Schofield, a native of Orland Park and veteran offensive lineman.
“Man, I always wanted to land here,” Schofield said. “Growing up, I was obviously a pretty big Bears fan, so it’s been a dream come true to be able to play here. I’m really excited about this opportunity.”
Schofield expects to compete for a starting spot on the offensive line, likely at guard.
Another guy competing for a spot is new receiver N’Keal Harry. The 2019 first-round pick could never make it work in New England, but he comes to Chicago with something to prove.
“I have a real chip on my shoulder,” said Harry. “I’m looking to come in and do whatever I can to help this team win.
“I’m focused on the future. That’s all I’m focused on…I have a fresh start. It’s day two for me. It’s a reset, a much needed reset and as I I said man, I’m excited.”
It was also a community day at Camp Bears and among the groups present was the Highland Park High School football team.
The Bears will hold their first practice open to the public on Thursday as the team continues what Eberflus called a build-up at the start of camp.
Once the pads are activated, that’s when the intensity will really increase.