Bears defensive end Corey Wootton already faced an early obstacle when a right calf injury kept him sidelined during his team's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers.
But that has all been put behind him as he returned to the field in Bourbonnais on Monday and gave a positive update on his latest ailment.
"The calf is feeling 100 times better," Wootton said. "It felt good to be out there and finally get to rushing and start working on my craft."
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His coaches were impressed by his return, and Marc Trestman was happy to see Wootton back, looking like his usual self.
"He was very active out there and the competition's back," Trestman said. "Corey's gotta be out there everyday and just being consistent, and when he's out there and at full speed, it was definitely evident that there was a healthy Corey Wootton out there today."
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had nothing put positive things to say concerning Wootton, and he is looking forward to seeing what No. 98 can do throughout the remainder of the preseason.
"His expectation for himself is high," Tucker said. "He's a player, there's no expectation that we can put on him that's higher than the one he has for himself. He really wants to be a special player, and so, this is the time to develop."