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|Corey Wootton, injured in the first preseason game, could be back for the Bears' regular-season opener.|
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Corey Wootton's recent knee injury opened the door for a third defensive end to jump into the rotation with veterans Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. Saturday night's game against the Titans gives Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli another chance to evaluate ends Mario Addison, Nick Reed and Vernon Gholston, before making any type of final decision in regards to the final roster.
"What I want to do is finish this week out," Marinelli said. "See how some of these young guys have progressed. I think Mario has come around. I want to take one more good look at it, then make some adjustments at that point, and see where we’re at."
One option at Marinelli's disposal is to move one his quick, athletic defensive tackles outside to the end position. But the veteran coach seemed hesitant to go that route when he discussed the topic following Thursday's practice.
"Well, Henry [Melton] has done it, that’s what we brought him here for," Marinelli said. "So, he’s got that ability to do it, but right now I don’t want to move anybody. I want to see if we can keep getting better and improve. We’ve got options in there. One, is when Corey gets back. Two, we got a couple of young guys coming. And three, Henry can always do it."