Bears try to heal up during bye week

LAKE FOREST, Ill -- Several Chicago Bears starters sat out Wednesday's practice as the Bears attempt to heal up during the bye week.

Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz, Edwin Williams, Roberto Garza and J'Marcus Webb were all spectators during the abbreviated practice.

"Always in the bye week, even though he feels great, it's like a pitcher or anything else, any rest that you can give them will pay dividends down the stretch," Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "He feels good, [but] his body needs the rest. Now, we'll throw him a little tomorrow, but it gives us a chance to look at Caleb [Hanie] and Todd [Collins] and get them going again in what we do against a defense, seven-on-seven and team. It was a good day for that."

Garza, however, continued to do rehab work on the side with a member of the team's training staff. The veteran offensive lineman is expected to be ready to play against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 7.

"I feel like I'm getting better every day," Garza said. "I'm fortunate we have the bye week to buy some extra time, and hopefully I'll be back on the field. I just want to get back healthy and then we'll cross that bridge [which guard spot will he play] when we get there."

Meanwhile, cornerback Zack Bowman returned to practice after being sidelined last week with a sprained right foot.