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Chris Conte could start training camp on PUP list
General manager Phil Emery declared that the Bears’ competition at safety, which could include a high-round draft pick, to be “wide open” on Thursday.
So Chris Conte, a starter that past three seasons, is really looking at an uphill climb, considering he could start training camp on the physically unable to perform list following surgery on his shoulder on March 26. The team said then he would be sidelined for four to five months.
“Yes, he may be on PUP,” Emery said Thursday at Halas Hall. “But in terms of that first preseason game [on Aug. 8], we expect him to be [ready]. But obviously we’re talking about a healing and rehab process. It’s always a little bit of a non-predictor, but our best-guessed estimate and medical evidence would say that he’ll be ready for the first preseason game.”
Emery and coach Marc Trestman have both expressed confidence in Conte this offseason. Emery even said the NFL Combine that he hoped to be talking to Conte about an extension after the 2014.
Conte is coming off a tough 2013 season, which ended with his now infamous blown coverage against the Packers in the season finale. Conte’s shoulder issue only complicates matters for him.
The Bears added safeties Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings in free agency and could take a safety with the 14th overall selection.
“[Conte] signed out healthy, [but] he got in a situation,” Emery said. “Obviously, he’s very motivated to have a great year. He started training, and he just didn’t feel right. He had it examined and went through a decision-making process. He made a decision to go ahead and have it done. [I'm] happy that he’ll be ready [at some point during] camp and expect good things out of him.”