Louis, Steltz working way back from injuries

Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis looked like a strong candidate for an in-season contract extension until he suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament on an illegal by the Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen on Nov. 25.

But Louis' unresolved contract situation has not prevented him from doing daily rehab work at Halas Hall since the Bears' regular season ended on Dec. 30.

There is no specific target date for Louis to return, but the right guard is said to be progressing on-schedule.

Louis has not been the only fixture in the Halas Hall training room. Safety Craig Steltz underwent surgery to repair a torn right pectoral tendon on Dec.15 when he attempted to tackle Vikings defensive lineman Christian Ballard, who had illegally advanced a fumbled Minnesota kickoff return. Steltz was forced to spend the next several weeks after the operation with this right arm in a sling, but Steltz is now out of the sling and should be fully recovered when the Bears officially begin their offseason program in a couple of months.

Veteran tight end Matt Spaeth is also on the mend after he had arthroscopic knee surgery late last week. Spaeth was able to play all 16 regular season games but it's believed his knee had given him problems for some time. Spaeth had to miss a portion of last offseason due to swelling in the knee caused by debris, a problem the minor procedure is expected to correct.