LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said safety Chris Conte went through the sideline concussion protocol and had no lingering signs prior to re-entering Sunday's game against Carolina.
Conte, however, left the game just one play after re-entering and was ultimately diagnosed with a concussion -- his second documented one of the season -- in the locker room.
He exited the game with approximately 5:30 left in the first quarter after he attempted to tackle Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin following a 20-yard completion.
However, after being examined by the club's medical staff and the independent doctor assigned to the Bears sideline, Conte re-entered the game for one play on the next defensive series. He left the game for good at the 4:25 mark and headed back to the locker room.
"You do have concerns when Chris has a history," Trestman said. "Certainly that's relevant. When we put him back in the game, he had no lingering signs at all. He went through all the sideline protocol and went back out there, and then he came back out obviously because he did have some. So we're hoping for the best."
Trestman was unsure who made the final call to remove Conte from the game.
"That I can't answer," Trestman said. "I know that he came out of the game. He was clearly checked out. I asked to make sure that he was cleared convincingly and he went back in.
"... I wish I could answer that. I can't. Probably, I would assume that (Conte) did because we couldn't see the symptoms, obviously. So I would say that he did."
After missing the entire offseason program because of shoulder surgery, Conte was diagnosed with a concussion in a preseason game in Seattle on Aug. 22. The safety returned in time to start the regular season, but failed to finish games in Weeks 2 and 3 because of shoulder-related issues."