As Cairo Santos sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights as the seconds wound down Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week turning into an even bigger embarrassment.
The Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers will both try to take back control of their seasons when they meet Sunday at Soldier Field.
“All I want to know is the truth,” Bielema said Friday. “ ... You see a lot of kids get caught up in the moment. Seth looked right at me and he was like, ‘Coach, that’s out. That’s out.’"
Roquan Smith couldn’t say when his last end zone visit had been. Before Sunday afternoon, Smith never had scored a touchdown for the Chicago Bears. He didn’t have any during a stellar college career at Georgia either.
"I've still got all the confidence in the world in the guys we've got and what we're doing because I've seen it since spring and fall and in that first game," defensive coordinator Ryan Walters said.
It was a nice ending to an otherwise pedestrian outing, something for Bears fans to hold on to until they see the first-round pick in game action again.
"The worst thing is that I got a little pest hanging around me all of the time," Jake Hansen said, grinning. "I gotta look over my shoulder and make sure he doesn't hear me."
After wrapping up another day of fall camp last week, first-year Illinois coach Bret Bielema said he would possibly "add maybe one to two players on our roster that aren't here yet."
The Chicago Bears on Monday welcomed back three of the four players who went on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week.
Alec Ogletree, a former first-round pick who was a longtime starter with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants, has been out of the league since being cut by the Jets in October.
"What was it like getting back? It was a process, but nothing I couldn't handle, so I'm back now and that's what's important."
"It took a lot for me to want to come back, so I'm putting everything into it."
A new candidate at nickel cornerback, which player might be in line for a contract extension and more observations from the Chicago Bears' training camp.