LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (back), place kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps), and linebacker Daryl Sharpton sat out Friday’s practice held inside the Walter Payton Center.
Gould is attempting to battle back from a right quadriceps injury that kept the veteran kicker from playing last week in the Bears’ 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Kicker Jay Feely remains on the 53-man roster and might handle place kicking duties again on Monday against the New Orleans Saints, but Gould is expected to return before the conclusion of the regular season.
Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Conte has fought the injury bug the entire season, with his sore back being just the latest in a long string of ailments that have plagued the safety since he had shoulder surgery last spring.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman said Conte would play when "medically cleared by the doctors," but Conte’s status to face the Saints seems to be in doubt.
Many in the building consider Ratliff the Bears’ best defensive player. The team’s defense has faltered the past two weeks against Detroit and Dallas (particularly versus the run) without Ratliff on the field. The 10-year veteran tried to warm up prior to the Cowboys’ game last Thursday, but wound up inactive.