The Bears announced on their Web site that veteran linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek will be sidelined during minicamp this week.
Hillenmeyer was sidelined during the season last year following surgery on his right hand. It’s not known if that is the injury that he is rehabilitating. Hillenmeyer has been in Hawaii as the Bears’ representative at the NFL Players Association annual meeting.
Dvoracek is still rehabbing his way back from a torn right biceps suffered in Week 13 at Minnesota. He has landed on injured reserve in three consecutive seasons and entering the final year of his contract, Dvoracek must stay on the field. He was sidelined for a good portion of the offseason program a year ago and then again in training camp.
*** Also, the Bears announced that Frank Omiyale will work exclusively at left guard. That is what has been expected all along, at least in most circles.
*** Zack Bowman will be used at free safety and Josh Bullocks will run with the first team at the position. That’s because Craig Steltz will line up at strong safety with Kevin Payne still recovering from shoulder surgery. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Trumaine McBride will also be sidelined meaning Corey Graham and Nathan Vasher are expected with the first team at cornerback.
*** Elsewhere, John St. Clair will arrive in Cleveland a little later today to meet with coach Eric Mangini and general manager George Kokinis. St. Clair will also take a physical.
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