Both players were spotted at the team's Monday workout, but neither were on the field. The duo are still battling lingering concussion symptoms, and can't return to practice until cleared by doctors.
Melton, at least, appears to be on track for the season opener. Head Coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Tribune:
"Henry is into running," coach Marc Trestman said Monday. "Earl is day-to-day. I know he was with some of the medical people this morning, I haven't checked. Henry ran today. He's going to run tomorrow and Wednesday and pick up that running significantly."
The prolonged absence would appear to be more problematic for Bennett than Melton, as the ESPNChicago.com article points out:
As the club’s franchise player, Melton has already solidified his status as a starter. Bennett, meanwhile, is competing with Joe Anderson, Eric Weems, Terrence Toliver and rookie Marquess Wilson for one of the receiver spots behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Meanwhile, general manager Phil Emery was busy this weekend making roster cuts ahead of Tuesday's cut-down deadline. The Bears released 14 players Sunday, meaning just one more cut must be made to get down to the required 75.
Two veterans were among the roster casualties, safety Tom Zbikowski and defensive end Kyle Moore. Among the other cuts was receiver Devin Aromashodu.
The Bears most likely made their roster selections early to allow more time for players to hook on with another teams. It's typically thought of as a classy move by the organization to do so.
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