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Danny Trevathan gets playing-time uptick

Inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone said Monday he had his “best game so far” and called the playing time percentage a “really good number.”

Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan upends Atlanta Falcons tight end Luke Stocker on Sunday.
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Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan played 79% of the Bears’ defensive snaps Sunday, a week after playing 48% against the Giants.

Inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone said Trevathan had his ‘‘best game so far’’ and called the playing-time percentage a ‘‘really good number.’’

The Bears are spending their weekdays trying to make sure Trevathan, who turned 30 in March, is fresh for games. He didn’t practice Wednesday, a courtesy also given to fellow veterans Ginn and tight end Jimmy Graham.

DeLeone said the physicality of Trevathan’s play warrants such treatment.

‘‘At our position, the way you play the game — and the way Danny’s played the game for a long time — is different,’’ DeLeone said. ‘‘Working through the first few weeks, I think we’ve got him in a good rhythm.’’

Trevathan, who signed a three-year, $21.75 million contract in March, looked slow while playing 90% of the snaps in the season opener against the Lions. He didn’t play less than 84% of the snaps in a game last season.