DT Brian Price exits after stinger

August, 12, 2012
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Brian Price left practice early on Sunday after he suffered a stinger, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Price has been a work in progress ever since he got traded to the Bears from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a seventh-round draft choice. The defensive tackle has dealt with a variety of health-related and personal issues that have understandably set him back as far as his level of play on the field is concerned.

Keep in mind, Price is still a young 23 years old and did display the ability to be an NFL starting-caliber defensive tackle during his two-year stint with the Bucs.

Even if it takes a full year until Price is physically and mentally ready to contribute, the Bears only parted with a seventh rounder to acquire him. An athletic defensive lineman who is able to rush the passer seems like a pretty good trade off for a late draft pick.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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