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Bears WRs Mooney, Claypool cleared to practice

Bears receivers Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool
Bears receivers Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool

Veteran receivers Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool are both expected to participate in the Bears' first training camp practice Wednesday at Halas Hall.

Mooney did not take part in OTA or minicamp workouts while recovering from a season-ending ankle injury he sustained last Nov. 27 against the Jets. As is typical with players returning from an injury, Mooney likely will be eased back into action.

"He's worked his butt off with our training staff," said general manager Ryan Poles. "What we're going to do is we're going to use our data, we're going to use our performance staff to monitor where he's at. We're going to make sure that we have the right plan so he's not pushed too fast, but we're also not going to go too slow either. We're going to just make sure it's right for him as an individual plan to make sure that by the time we get to the season he's rolling."

Claypool sat out the final portion of the offseason program due to an undisclosed injury. And while he recently worked out in Florida with Mooney, quarterback Justin Fields and other teammates, the veteran receiver's availability for the start of training camp was in question when he was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Sunday. But Claypool was reactivated Monday.

"Just needed an extra day or two to get him right, and we're excited about him," Poles said. "He's been working hard. He's been spending extra time with our staff getting up to speed. He's been with Justin building that relationship with him so they can play well together."

The only Bears player not expected to practice Wednesday is receiver Dante Pettis, who was placed on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday.

In his first season with the Bears last year, Pettis appeared in all 17 games with seven starts, catching 19 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns and averaging 9.1 yards on 18 punt returns.

Get an exclusive look at players arriving for the start of Enjoy Illinois Chicago Bears Training Camp at Halas Hall.

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