Bears safety Chris Conte was already facing an uphill battle to keep his starting position next season. And now, that task has just gotten tougher.
On Thursday, the Bears announced that Conte underwent shoulder surgery in March and he will be sidelined for 4-5 months. Conte will miss OTAs and veteran minicamp. Depending on his rehab, he could miss parts of training camp and the preseason.
“I know I’m going to have to compete for my position on this team,” Conte told Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com. “I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be."
Conte started all 16 games for the Bears in 2013, registering 95 tackles and three interceptions.
The Bears have brought in safeties Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray through free agency to compete with Conte at the safety position.
“Whenever you don’t have a good season you do some soul searching,” Conte said. “You find the reasons why you love the game. Competition is a big part of why I love playing football. I knew they would be bringing in players to compete. I doesn’t bother me one bit. It will only make me better.”