No one was more excited to be back on the practice field Thursday than Bears outside linebacker Lamarr Houston, who missed the final eight games last season with a torn ACL.
After a disappointing first season with the Bears last year, veteran pass rusher Jared Allen is embracing the opportunity to move from defensive end to outside linebacker this season.
Former Bears center Mike Pyle passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. Pyle played all nine seasons of his NFL career with the Bears from 1961-69.
Having recovered from last year's season-ending leg injuries, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston both have been cleared to participate in the Bears' first training camp practice Thursday.