The Bears’ banged-up secondary is getting better. In fact, the team’s top three cornerbacks – Tracy Porter (concussion), Kyle Fuller (knee scope) and Bryce Callahan (hamstring/groin strain) – all said after practicing Monday that they hope to play in the season opener against the Texans.
“When you have all of the ammunition coming into the season, that’s what you need,” Porter said. “You need all of your guys full-go and ready to go. We seem to have that, and we’re just looking forward to playing on Sunday.”
It’s been weeks since the Bears have had all three players on the field. Fuller underwent arthroscopic surgery while the Bears practiced with the Patriots (Aug. 15-17).
“Definitely a sense of relief to get it done,” Fuller said. “It was there, something I was able to deal with to an extent, but I just wanted to get it taken care of.”
Callahan, meanwhile, strained his hamstring and groin practicing against the Patriots.
“It’s feeling a lot better,” Callahan said. “I just had to give it a little bit of time to heal.”
Porter suffered his concussion in the third preseason game against the Chiefs, when he collided with safety Harold Jones-Quartey.
“I remember the hit. I remember what happened. I remember the formation,” Porter said. “It was on the tight end. He ran a little skinny post. The thing is, I saw Harold, so I tried to adjust myself but I didn’t do it quick enough.”
General manager Ryan Pace said keeping outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (left knee) on the physically unable-to-perform list is what’s best for him and the team.
McPhee, who can’t return until Week 7 at the earliest, requires more time to strengthen his knee.
“This delays it six weeks and allows him to continue to train,” Pace said. “I still feel good about the path he’s on, but right now, there’s not necessarily as much of a rush as there will be after Week 6.”
After clearing waivers, defensive end Ego Ferguson was placed on injured reserve. Pace said he needs shoulder surgery.
With guard Josh Sitton signed, veteran lineman Amini Silatolu was released.
Center Cornelius Edison and defensive back Demontre Hurst were signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.