BOURBONNAIS — One day after receiving a rousing cheer when he intercepted a pass in practice, safety Chris Conte slipped on the wet grass on a pass play that resulted in a touchdown Tuesday.
Fans grumbled loudly enough for one veteran to suggest, a bit too loudly, that the hecklers be quiet.
After a forgettable 2013, followed by surgery on his right shoulder and a return to the active roster Sunday, Conte is being measured by the play.
Coach Marc Trestman hopes the next one comes in the preseason game Thursday against the Jaguars.
“I’m hoping he can [play],” Trestman said. “But I can’t say that right now with the limited practice time that he’s had. We’ll wait and see.”
Trestman is leaving the decision to the training staff.
“I want to play every game,” Conte said. “It’s not up to me, though. There’s a plan that was laid out for me. I just have to follow that plan.”
Conte said his body feels great and that playing alongside the Bears’ five safety additions is no different than last season, when he was paired mostly with Major Wright.
“I’m doing my job; they’re doing their job,” he said. “It’s the ability to communicate. You have to communicate with everyone. That’s really the only thing you gotta work on.”
The Bears finished their final full practice at Olivet Nazarene University in spirited fashion. Veterans from the offense and defense hollered playfully at each other after backups scored or were stopped during team drills.
At the end, cornerback Charles Tillman even jumped on guard Kyle Long’s back.
“I thought it was great,” Trestman said. “As I told our team, I think the team knows how to work, when to focus, when to bring it — and, again, you have to have a sense of humor, too.
“I don’t know that any of us have been in winning environments where the team didn’t have a sense of humor and know how to use it at the right time.”
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Tight end Dante Rosario didn’t practice because of calf soreness. Jeremiah Ratliff, Matt Forte and Tillman got the day off.
◆ Tight end Zach Miller continued to impress, catching two touchdown passes and, with Rosario out, appearing alongside Martellus Bennett in two-tight-end sets.
“You saw it out here and you saw it in the game,” Trestman said. “[Miller’s] got a great skill set for running routes and catching the football. He also did a good job [Tuesday] in some of the run-blocking, as well.”
◆ Jordan Mills remained in a walking boot as he recovers from soreness on his surgically repaired left foot. Trestman again characterized the boot as precautionary.
“I don’t want to put a time limit on this thing,” he said.
◆ Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne will play the first half, coach Gus Bradley told reporters in Jacksonville, with rookie Blake Bortles taking most, if not all, of the snaps in the second half.