Bears Training Camp Week 1: Hester on Expanded ST, Bushrod Day-to-Day

Training camp is under way, and (precious few) interesting tidbits have emerged:

The Bears used pads for the first time on Sunday. 

Devin Hester apparently IS going to at least practice some expanded ST duties this year. He apparently almost blocked a kick in practice, according to a Zach Zaidman tweet (he's a good follow).

Jermon Bushrod is day-to-day with a calf injury. That probably means he's going to be laid up for a week or so, giving some first-team reps to Eben Britton (would be my guess: it could be Jordan Mills, a rookie). I tweeted Zach about this (and you should follow Zach if you like Bears football, he's a great, informative follow) and haven't heard a response yet.

Turk McBride is out for the year with a torn Achilles. Combined with Sedrick Ellis' retirement, the Bears have lost some DL depth already. McBride is relatively fungible so I wouldn't be worried at all.

Nothing really happens in the first week of training camp. When the first round of cuts happens, things will get more serious and interesting. Also, the first preseason game is Aug. 8-11 against the Panthers (the actual date is TBD).