Chicago Bears: David Akers

Health status check as vets report to camp

July, 24, 2013
NFL players are never healthier than on the first day of training camp, or so goes conventional wisdom. As the first NFC North veterans report to training camp Wednesday -- Chicago Bears players are headed to Bourbonnais, Ill., as we speak -- it's worth revisiting players who spent a significant portion of the offseason injured and project their status for training camp.

We'll take it team by team, of course:

Chicago Bears
Veteran report date: Wednesday
Analysis: Receiver Brandon Marshall missed almost the entire offseason program because of hip surgery, getting on the field for one day of mandatory minicamp. Place-kicker Robbie Gould also missed time as his surgically-repaired calf healed. Receivers Marquess Wilson and Alshon Jeffery also missed time with hamstring injuries, but there are no indications that any of them will be significantly limited when practice begins Friday.

Detroit Lions
Veteran report date: Thursday
Analysis: One of the biggest stories in Detroit this week will be whether safety Louis Delmas is ready to practice, and if so, whether the Lions let him do everything or if he is limited. Delmas missed the entire offseason because of ongoing knee issues, even after signing a contract extension that will pay him $1.715 million if he can't play this season. Receiver Ryan Broyles, meanwhile, is just under eight months removed from tearing his ACL. The Lions could put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, or they could pass him on his physical and let him ease into practice. The assumption is that two other veterans who did little this offseason, place-kicker David Akers (sports hernia/hip) and running back Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) will be ready to practice.

Green Bay Packers
Veteran report date: Thursday
Analysis: Many of you have asked about offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, who hasn't had any football activity since suffering a gruesome leg injury in December 2011. The Packers had hoped he would be in the mix at right tackle this offseason, but that never materialized. If Sherrod still isn't ready to practice when camp opens, you wonder if he ever will be. Meanwhile, it's tough to expect defensive tackle Jerel Worthy to be ready anytime soon after he tore his ACL in Week 17 last season. The same goes for rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter (broken ankle). On the other hand, we're assuming that cornerback Davon House (shoulder) and running back DuJuan Harris (cyst) will be ready. The status of rookie receivers Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey, both of whom missed the entire offseason, is not clear.

Minnesota Vikings
Veteran report date: Thursday
Analysis: Center John Sullivan sat out the offseason after having microfracture surgery on his knee. Coach Leslie Frazier said at the end of minicamp that Sullivan was on track to be ready when camp opens. There have been no reports of a setback. Linebacker Desmond Bishop (hamstring) didn't participate in the Packers' offseason, but he has said he will be ready for camp. Defensive end Jared Allen did not participate this offseason because of surgery to repair a torn labrum but has said he will be cleared for practice. Receiver Greg Childs was doing light running during the offseason and is now a year removed from tearing both patellar tendons, but he could be a candidate for the PUP list. Linebacker Chad Greenway's minor offseason knee surgery isn't expected to slow him in training camp. Cornerback Jacob Lacey broke his thumb in June, and his status merits observation. Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti (knee) got in some light work late in the offseason, but it's worth watching whether the Vikings deem him ready for contact drills.

Second-quarter wrap: Bears 21, Eagles 13

November, 28, 2010
Michael VickMike DiNovo/US PresswireMichael Vick has been elusive for the Bears, but they still sacked him three times in the first half.
CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Eagles' offense resorted to playing keep-away in the second quarter, which led to David Akers booting a 36-yard field goal at the 8:06 mark to pull the club to within a point of Chicago (14-13).

But it wasn’t enough to extinguish the Bears’ offensive firepower. Chicago went into intermission leading 21-13 on the strength of a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Earl Bennett with 38 seconds left in the half.

Defensively, the Eagles limited the Bears to three and outs in their first two offensive possessions of the quarter, in addition to sacking Cutler three times with Mike Patterson, Brandon Graham and Trent Cole.

In capping a 10-play drive spanning 65 yards, Michael Vick squeezed an 8-yard pass through the second level of Chicago’s defense for a scoring strike to Jeremy Maclin to make the score 14-10 after an Akers extra point kick.

Headed into the quarter, the game showed the makings of a shootout. At the end of the first quarter, Vick had registered a passer rating of 106.5, while Cutler’s passer rating sat at 156.2. But Philadelphia’s defense tightened significantly in the second quarter. Offensively, Vick remained in a groove.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, defensive tackle Tommie Harris and safety Chris Harris deserve credit for preventing the Eagles from gaining a halftime advantage. Chicago’s defense forced Philadelphia to walk away from two red zone drives empty-handed.

With the Eagles holding possession at the Chicago 3, Peppers sacked Vick for a 16-yard loss on third down, forcing the club to settle for Akers’ 36-yard field goal.

Tommie Harris averted what appeared to be another Eagles scoring drive by tipping a Vick pass, with Chris Harris coming up with the interception -- Vick's first INT since 2006 -- in the end zone. Harris returned the interception 39 yards. Then, a 30-yard completion from Cutler to Bennett set up the Bears in scoring position.

Four plays later, Cutler hit Bennett for a 6-yard touchdown to make the score 21-13 at the half, after Robbie Gould’s extra-point kick.