- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Cornerback Kelvin Hayden spent Monday night at first team nickel back in place of D.J. Moore, who sat out practice due to a bruised thigh. Hayden is currently listed behind Tim Jennings on the cornerback depth chart but has made 47 starts over a seven-year NFL career.
“It was good to let Kelvin get an opportunity to play with the first team,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “We feel we have three starting corners with him, [and] we also feel he can back D.J. up. We shouldn’t miss a beat and you want to be in this situation.”
Several other players sat out Monday night’s workout including: middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (knee), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (ankle), linebacker Dom DeCicco (groin) and guard Chilo Rachal. Wide receiver Earl Bennett was excused for personal reasons.
Injuries gave CB Kelvin Hayden a chance to get reps with the first team.