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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wright ready, cautious about return

By Jeff Dickerson

Major Wright
Major Wright had been in the Bears' plans before pulling a hamstring in Week 2.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Major Wright, who was the team's top draft pick this year, hasn't exactly been living a glamorous life since Sept. 19.

That was the day Wright pulled his left hamstring attempting to chase down Dallas Cowboys punt returner Dez Bryant on a 62-yard touchdown. Wright returned to the practice field on Wednesday, and it was a welcomed change from his rehab routine.

"[My daily routine had been ] wake up, come in, treatment, more treatment, watch film, go to meetings and more treatment," Wright said Thursday.

Even if Wright is held out Sunday versus the Washington Redskins, the Bears have a bye the following week, which would allow the safety even more time to fully recover. Coach Lovie Smith said he hopes to have Wright back after the bye.

"He's making progress, hasn't had any problems with it [the hamstring]," Smith said. "He's getting back in the flow of things. He's been paying attention. When you have an injury, you can't get away from football, [and] he hasn't at all. Hopefully, after the bye, we'll be able to start working him back in."

Wright understands the importance of being cautious.

"It feels pretty good to be out there with my teammates just running around," Wright said. "I'm feeling pretty good. The trainers definitely did a great job helping me get back. We're taking it day by day and progressing from there.

"I'm ready to get in a game, but with this situation, I don't want to go back out there and re-injure anything."

Wright, who refused to offer up any official timetable for his return, was clearly in the Bears' defensive plans before the injury, rotating with Chris Harris at one of the safety spots Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. Although he was forced to the sidelines, the rookie claims to feel smarter, despite missing all those reps the last four games.

"I've probably watched the most film in my life," Wright said. "A lot of one-on-one sessions with coach Gil [Byrd] and coach [Jon] Hoke and also with my teammates. [I'm] looking at things different now. [I'm] looking at the splits of the receivers, things like that. I have more time to study, [watch] more film, study my opponent and get up under Harris' wing.

"He just been guiding me and mentoring me."