Bears' Kreutz back at practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz returned to the practice field in a limited capacity this week after undergoing offseason surgery to remove a bone spur near his Achilles tendon.

Kreutz returned to his familiar spot with the first team at center for much of Wednesday's workout, only sitting out the final few team drills at the conclusion of the organized team activity.

"Getting him back a little bit, it's good and bad," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler joked after the workout. "He wants to be in there. He gets out here, and I think he gets a little bored, and when he gets bored he starts picking on guys. But he's going to be the anchor of the offseason line, he has been for years, so we're not worried about him."

"Olin is one of our guys," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "It was good to get him back out here in the huddle. Of course, this is a new offense, a new coach for him, a lot of different things. But he's back, he's on pace and feels real good about his injury."

Veteran punter Brad Maynard appears close to full strength after an offseason hip procedure. Maynard resumed handling punting duties during special teams work.

Players absent from Wednesday's organized team activity included Brian Urlacher, Roberto Garza, Lance Briggs and Brandon Manumaleuna. Chris Harris and Kellen Davis were present, but failed to participate.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.