BOURBONNAIS – A few Bears were walking a little slower on Thursday, courtesy of the team’s mandatory “conditioning test” during the morning.
Players said everyone “passed,” meeting the requisite time for their position group based on three sets of three 100-yard shuttle runs (50 yards, reverse direction, 50 back, reverse, etc.).
“It’s a necessary evil,” linebacker James Anderson told CSNChicago.com. “But it’s a good thing, everybody in it together.”
How hard? “Naah,” Anderson said, laughing. “Easy peezy.”
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One player likened it a little to a college conditioning drill, although at this level no depth-chart demotions were going to result from a missed deadline. This was about more than just fitness, which was assumed going in.
“[Here] it’s more on you, pushing you more,” said safety Major Wright. “It’s more you being into it more. In college there’s no sleep. Now we feel like it’s time to go.
“I feel great. [Marc Trestman] is a great coach, he has great points and we’ve got to buy into it.”
Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, the No. 7 pick of the 2008 draft and a standout early in his career with the New Orleans Saints, did not report to training camp and has notified the Bears that he intends to retire.
Ellis signed with the Bears during June OTA’s and was expected to be a challenger for a spot in the interior defensive line rotation. Ellis started 70 games over five seasons with New Orleans, with 12.5 sacks and 98 tackles.