Wright ready to tackle live action

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Despite wearing heavy bandages on his left hand aimed at protecting a surgically repaired left index finger, Bears safety Major Wright feels like he could handle live action, if necessary.

"I'll tell you the truth, with me, yeah I could go out there and play," Wright said Monday.

But the Bears refused to speculate about Wright's availability for the regular season opener against Detroit, even though the rookie is no longer wearing the special, no-contact jersey when media members are present at practice.

"Right now, we're just taking it day by day," Wright said.

This much is certain; Wright returned to practice last week in limited fashion, being held out of any contact drills. However, the safety can participate in individual drills and seven on seven, plus take mental reps, so it's not like Wright is sitting on the bench collecting dust.

"I've learned a lot sitting on the sidelines," Wright said. "[I've learned about] gaps, my quarterback reads, my zone drops, things like that are really important to us these days. I just sit on the sidelines with Craig [Steltz] and he's a lot older than me so he helps me out. He tells me to look at this, look at that and tells me to tell him the calls and stuff like that."