"We'll monitor it," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "The feeling coming out of today is that he's getting better. We'll let [head athletic trainer] Chris [Hanks] monitor it, and he'll be out here when he gets the OK to do that."
Wootton was one of eight players held out of Friday's workout, a group that included receiver Brandon Marshall (hip), cornerback Charles Tillman, linebacker D.J. Williams (calf), and offensive tackles Jonathan Scott (knee) and Jermon Bushrod (calf), as well as defensive ends Julius Peppers and Jamaal Anderson (knee).
Marshall, Tillman, and Peppers received a day of rest. Although Marshall continues to recover from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery, Trestman said the receiver's day off from practice Friday was a part of the plan.
"We were going to go three days on and one day off," Trestman said. "We did that the first week. We decided to go three days on, today off, so he could work tomorrow night, which will be a shorter practice. It's something I think he wanted to do as well as to practice tomorrow. Right now, we expect that he will. He's feeling good, and we'll continue to go forward with the plan."
Wootton, meanwhile, has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, especially his first two seasons. A third-year player, Wootton produced a breakout season in 2012, posting seven sacks and becoming a full-time starter. Wootton also stood out through the first week of training camp, and appeared to hold the advantage over Shea McClellin in the derby for the starting job opposite Peppers.
Wootton became the third defensive lineman to suffer an injury since the Bears arrived at camp Thursday. The Bears terminated the contract of veteran Turk McBride after he suffered a ruptured Achilles on Monday in the second practice in full pads of camp. Anderson also sat out Thursday.
The club also lost defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis at the start of camp when he decided to retire rather than report with the rest of his teammates.