DE Corey Wootton, who is recovering from knee surgery, was back in the locker room this afternoon and said he's hoping to be in uniform by September 11 when the Bears face Atlanta.
"I'm feeling fine. Surgery went well," said Wootton. "I've been doing the type of workouts that I am allowed to do at this point and I feel that I have regained my strength."
Wootton, who injured his right knee on the opening kickoff in the Bears' first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, admitted to feeling frustrated after being sidelined. He said he's tried to remain calm and learn from the experience.
"Patience is not one of my virtues and it's been hard going through surgery and the rehab process," Wootton said. "I was only playing in camp two-and-a-half weeks before that happened and things were going well for me up to that point."
But Wootton decided to make the best of a bad situation.
"I've spent a lot of extra hours in the film room studying up on things," he said. "I've stood on the sidelines during games soaking up all the knowledge from what was happening on the field that I could. While I much prefer being out there playing, if I have to be in street clothes, at least I won't let that hurt my learning curve."
The Northwestern product made a strong showing this preseason and is eager to get back to work.
"It's fall, it's football time and I need to get back there," Wootton said. "I can't wait to be back in uniform contributing to the success of this team."
Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.