Bears hopeful for Conte return in Seattle

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman praised the preseason work of veteran Ryan Mundy on Friday, but refused to anoint any starters at safety in the aftermath of the team’s 20-19 victory over Jacksonville.

That’s likely because former starting free safety Chris Conte has yet to participate in live action since being elevated off the PUP list, although that could change next Friday when the Bears travel to Seattle to play in the all-important third preseason game versus the defending Super Bowl champions.

“We want to get him in there and we certainly want to give him a chance to compete,” Trestman said. “We’ll see where he is coming into this next week. If the trainers give him the go-ahead to start working with the focus of playing on Friday night [he will]. We’ll see this week.”

Fellow safety Craig Steltz is also targeting the Seattle game to make his preseason debut, unless he experiences a setback of some sort at practice next week. Steltz and Conte practiced for the final three days in Bourbonnais before the team broke camp for the summer.

Mundy and Danny McCray opened up at safety for the Bears versus the Jaguars before subbing out in favor of Adrian Wilson and Brock Vereen. McCray finished second of the team with four tackles.