Chicago Bears hold out six from practice


LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out six players from Tuesday’s workout inside the Walter Payton Center, as the team continued preparation for Friday’s road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

Guards Brian De La Puente (MCL sprain) and Eben Britton (hamstring) didn’t participate in Tuesday’s session along with cornerbacks Isaiah Frey (hamstring) and Kyle Fuller (ankle), right tackle Jordan Mills (foot) and defensive end Jared Allen (bruised shoulder).

Linebacker Lance Briggs (knee bruise) also returned to practice Tuesday after being held out of Monday’s workout.

Bears coach Marc Trestman has called Fuller and Mills day to day, and said Allen was held out as a precautionary measure. Mills hasn’t yet played in a preseason contest, leading to questions about whether he’ll be available for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

The team continues to take a conservative approach to Mills’ recovery. The second-year veteran underwent surgery in January on a fractured metatarsal in his left foot.

“Jordan Mills had a lot of practice before being injured. So we believe that he could be ready physically and mentally due to the practice he had in training camp prior to getting hurt,” Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “Obviously we’d like him back as soon as we can. We’re lucky to be in a situation right now where the backup Michael Ola went in and played well in the game. So it’s really on Jordan to come back in and be ready.”