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Monday, January 2, 2012
Chris Conte's cast will come off Tuesday

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Injured Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte will have the cast on his right foot removed on Tuesday and plans to fully participate in the club's offseason workout program.

Conte suffered ligament damage in the foot versus the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 18 and missed the final two games of the regular season.

"I'm going to be fine, going to be back to 100 percent," Conte said on Monday. "I'm probably going to start working out pretty soon. It's important for me, especially not having an offseason last year [due to the lockout] to spend as much time as possible in Chicago during the offseason. That's what I'm planning on doing."

A 2011 third-round draft choice, Conte started nine games his rookie year and finished with 47 tackles and one interception.