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Jordan Palmer returns to practice during mandatory minicamp
Quarterback Jordan Palmer jumped back into the fight to be Jay Cutler’s backup for the Bears during the first day of mandatory minicamp.
Palmer sat out team drills during organized team activities the past two weeks because of a strained chest muscle and shoulder in his throwing arm. But he participated in the drills on Tuesday.
“It felt great,” Palmer said after practice inside the Walter Payton Center. “It was good to get back into the mix. I felt we had a pretty good practice today.”
The Bears have a four-man competition going behind Cutler with the recent addition of former Notre Dame star Jimmy Clauson. With the Bears unlikely to bring five quarterbacks to training camp, minicamp may be the end for one of them.
Palmer still is considered the leading candidate, considering his experience in the system and his connection with Cutler. Jerrod Johnson and David Fales also are competing for the backup spot.
Coach Marc Trestman said there aren’t any long-term concerns with Palmer’s injury. Palmer said it wasn’t a “big deal” again on Tuesday.
“Not too much [rust],” Palmer said. “I think it’s still football and we’re still wearing shorts and T-shirts. It was just really good to get back with the guys. It was a minor thing. It was just getting back into the swing of things and coming back out today.”