Five Bears miss practice

Updated: August 24, 2011, 5:19 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson |

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams, linebacker Lance Briggs, receiver Sam Hurd, defensive end Corey Wootton and cornerback Mike Holmes missed practice Wednesday as the team returned to Halas Hall in advance of the third preseason game in Tennessee on Saturday night.

Adams and Briggs will not play against the Titans, and could miss the remainder of the preseason for precautionary reasons, according to Bears coach Lovie Smith.

Hurd was wearing a walking boot on his right leg.

Cornerback Zack Bowman returned to practice after suffering a mild concussion in the club's preseason opener on Aug. 13. The team is hopeful Bowman will be able to play against the Titans.

"He was good to go," Smith said about Bowman. "He had an excellent practice. He's fresh and ready to go."

Running back Harvey Unga remains excused for personal reasons.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for and ESPN 1000.

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