Bears lighten practice load

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- When the St. Louis Rams host the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome, it will be the first time they have played in two weeks, which means they will be sufficiently rested.

That is why the Bears are working to lighten the load this week at Halas Hall.

“Their defense is gonna be fresh,” Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “So we’ve made an emphasis on having them not come in on Monday, giving them a break, telling them to stay off their feet, stay at home, rest, study tape on their iPads. But don’t get up. Then, we cut practice this week some reps to try to get our guys as fresh as we can, rested.”

The Bears cut practice short about 10 minutes on Thursday, and it is expected the Bears will conduct another light workout on Friday. Bears coach Marc Trestman, like Kromer, anticipates a fresh St. Louis team on Sunday, and given the Rams’ speed, and the fact the teams meet on turf, that is somewhat concerning.

Trestman hopes to get his players “off their feet” leading into Sunday’s game because the club “played a hard game on Sunday on a soft field [against the Baltimore Ravens]. So [we want to] try to get their legs back.”