Bears coach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that, barring a setback, he expects Darnell Mooney to be ready to return for the start of training camp in late July.
The fourth-year receiver continues to recover from an ankle injury he sustained last Nov. 27 against the Jets that sidelined him for the final five games of the season.
"Darnell is working his tail off and he's right on track," Eberflus said. "He's right on track and we anticipate him going as soon as possible. He's going to have a great summer and he's really amped up for that summer to get ready for training camp."
Mooney has excelled since arriving in 2020 as a fifth-round pick out of Tulane. His 142 receptions are the most by a Bears player in his first two NFL seasons and he topped 1,000 yards in 2021. Last year he had 40 catches for 493 yards and two touchdowns at the time of his injury.
Davis joins new teammates at OTAs
Bears free-agent acquisition Nate Davis, a fifth-year pro who's expected to start at right guard, is participating in voluntary OTA practices for the first time this week.
"Nate's been back, and he looks great," Eberflus said. "He's really worked himself into position. He looks lean and he's moving well, and we're excited where he is."
Selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Charlotte, Davis started 54 of 55 games he played with Tennessee over the past four seasons.
With the Titans, Davis helped opened holes for star running back Derrick Henry. During their four seasons as teammates, Henry was selected to three Pro Bowls, named first-team All-Pro in 2020 and second-team All-Pro in 2019, and led the NFL in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2019 and 2020.
Brisker not happy with 2022 season
Safety Jaquan Brisker, a 2022 second-round pick from Penn State, had a promising rookie season, registering 104 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, a team-leading 4.0 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
But he isn't thrilled about anything that transpired during his first year in the NFL.
"I really wasn't happy," Brisker said. "We went 3-14. I feel like I didn't have the year I should have. Got to finish off the year strong. I got to finish out the year healthy. I don't want to miss any games. I want to be out there with my teammates. [But] I feel like I definitely wasn't happy with anything at all. That's my truthful answer."
Bears educating players on gambling policy
There have been an increasing number of instances of NFL players violating the league's gambling policy. Five players were suspended in April and Colts defensive back Isaiah Rodgers Sr. is reportedly currently under investigation for betting on NFL games.
After the suspensions in April, Eberflus said: "We immediately talked about it the next day; went through the rules and what we're allowed to do and not to do as players, and we'll do something again next week. Next week we'll actually have an official NFL group come in. It's one of the official mandatory presentations that the NFL gives and they're going to come in and do that. I think it's the appropriate time."
The NFL gambling policy prohibits players from betting on NFL games or placing wagers on other sports from team facilities, which includes charter flights and hotels.
"It's hard to navigate because it's hard to control other people's actions," Eberflus said. "But all you can do is educate and tell them the appropriate actions they can do with certain things."
Hitting the stage
Former Bears tight end Zach Miller attended Wednesday's OTA practice with Dermot Kennedy, an Irish singer-songwriter. Miller, who has begun a second career as a country music performer, is scheduled to open for Kennedy Wednesday night at Chicago's Northerly Island.
Take a look at the Bears on the practice fields during the third and final week of organized team activities at Halas Hall.