Bears don’t name starter in DE battle

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One man is coming off a career-high seven sacks last season.

The other is a former first-round draft pick entering his second year.

The Bears still haven’t decided, publicly, between Corey Wootton or Shea McClellin as their starting defensive end opposite star Julius Peppers.

While both Wootton and McClellin were certainly curious about their status Friday, neither seemed to place a particular emphasis on it.

“They haven’t talked to us about it yet,” said Wootton, a Northwestern graduate who set career highs in tackles, sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for loss last year. “We’re taking the approach of one day at a time, and we’ll see how it goes.”

McClellin, who has yet to start a game, said his approach won’t change regardless of his role Sunday.

“Either way, if I’m starting or Wootton’s starting, we’re going to be playing the same amount of time,” he said.

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