- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Five notable veteran players were absent on Wednesday from the Chicago Bears' penultimate organized team activity of the offseason. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, cornerback Charles Tillman, wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester, running back Matt Forte and kicker Robbie Gould were no-shows at the two-hour session which marked the third and final workout open to the media in advance of next week's three-day veteran minicamp.
Tight end Matt Spaeth, rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery (sore leg), wideout Johnny Knox and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite were present on Wednesday but did not participate. Pro Bowler Julius Peppers was held out of team drills which allowed Chauncey Davis to take first team reps at defensive end. Patrick Mannelly was also sidelined as he continues to rehab a knee injury.
Right tackle Gabe Carimi, tight end Kellen Davis and cornerback Kelvin Hayden all worked out for the first time this offseason when reporters were present. Carimi returned to his starting right tackle spot while Hayden and Tim Jennings worked with the starters at cornerback.
With Spaeth sidelined, second-year tight end Kyle Adams made a couple of nice grabs working at the No. 2 tight end spot.
The Bears final organized team activity is scheduled for Thursday with the veteran minicamp slated to run from June 12-14.