LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) — Bears receiver Chase Claypool has been making a strong impression on his team during the offseason program, but he was sidelined Wednesday with an apparent injury.
Claypool was present with the Bears for organized team activities but didn't participate in practice. Coach Matt Eberflus declined to reveal specifics about Claypool's injury but did note that his absence from action was merely a precaution.
“This time of year, you get some soft tissue stuff,” Eberflus said. “And there's no reason to risk anything at this time.”
Acquired by the Bears in a trade with the Steelers last season, Claypool had just 14 receptions for 140 yards over seven games with Chicago. Claypool has “tremendously improved” in the offseason program, Bears quarterback Justin Fields recently said. The 24-year-old Claypool is entering a contract season in 2023.
Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson, safety Eddie Jackson, receiver Darnell Mooney and guard Nate Davis weren't present for practice Wednesday. Participation in the offseason program is voluntary. Guard Lucas Patrick, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, linebacker Jack Sanborn and running back D'Onta Foreman were present for practice but didn't participate.
The Bears are scheduled to hold four more practices as part of OTAs. The team will conduct veteran minicamp from June 13-15 at Halas Hall. Attendance at minicamp is mandatory for all players.
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