The Chicago Bears conducted their fifth voluntary workout on Wednesday, where media were in attendance and got to take in some of the action. That included a look at whether there was any change with attendance during voluntary OTAs.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Josh Schrock, there were four players who weren’t present on Wednesday: safety Eddie Jackson, wide receiver Darnell Mooney, cornerback Jaylon Johnson and guard Nate Davis. All four players weren’t present during last week’s open practice.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus addressed Claypool’s absence, where it sounds like he’s dealing with a soft tissue injury.
“Sometimes you get some soft tissue stuff and there’s no reason to risk it at this point,” Eberflus said.
Jackson, Mooney and Davis are all returning from injuries suffered last season. Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury and Mooney suffered a fractured ankle during Week 12 last season. Davis suffered an ankle injury during his time with the Titans in late December, and the belief is he’s still rehabbing.
Johnson is the only player not present who is fully healthy, as confirmed by Matt Eberflus last week, and able to participate. Johnson is entering a contract season, and he made it clear he wanted to have a contract extension in place before the start of the 2023 season.
While these are voluntary practices, Johnson’s absence continues to loom large. But if Johnson doesn’t show up for mandatory minicamp in mid-June, then it might be cause for concern.