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Bears break camp in Bourbonnais

The Bears concluded their Bourbonnais portion of training camp Monday with a short practice, but their preparation for the 2017 season is far from over.


Running back Jordan Howard and the Bears will return to the practice field Wednesday at Halas Hall.

After an off day Tuesday, the team will return to Halas Hall Wednesday for a workout in advance of Saturday night's preseason game against the Cardinals in Arizona.

"I kind of like that we have competition in a lot of spots," said coach John Fox. "I like the guys' effort so far, the way they've gone about it for the most part. I know we're breaking camp from Bourbonnais, but we're still in camp mode at Halas and we still have a lot of work to do."

Fox sees benefits in practicing both at Olivet Nazarene University and Halas Hall.

"There's a bonding that occurs when you go away to camp," Fox said. "That's one of the values I've seen in it at least in my career, as far as they're with each other 24/7. [At Halas Hall] everything's closer, everyone's more used to it. Like they said in the Wizard of Oz, 'there's no place like home.' Most everybody agrees with that."

The final practice in Bourbonnais was a spirited one. Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long got kicked out of the workout after being involved in multiple skirmishes with teammates.

"There's a certain standard we have and it was something we weren't very pleased with," Fox said shortly after practice. "I haven't had a chance to visit with him, but it's something that we'll handle internally."

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