Chris Conte separated shoulder; plans to be ready by season opener

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Bears starting safety Chris Conte said that his shoulder socket popped out in Saturday’s game against the Washington Redskins but that he expects to return in time for the regular season.

“It’s not a big deal,” Conte said. “I don’t plan on missing any regular-season games, but the preseason was going well and you want to keep on getting better and playing in the preseason, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

Conte, though, made clear that Bears medical officials haven’t given him an exact return date yet. He said that’s the first time he’s separated his shoulder.

Veteran Craig Steltz will start with Major Wright in Friday’s preseason game against the New York Giants.

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