Acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers July 26, defensive tackle Brian Price appreciates how Bears players and coaches have accepted him so quickly as one of their own.
“I’m just very fortunate to be here,” Price said Tuesday. “You can feel it in the air here. I love it here. It’s my new home. Words can’t express how I feel to be here.”
Price has struggled in recent months dealing with the death of his 33-year-old sister, Bridget James, who was a victim of a hit-and-run automobile accident in May in Los Angeles.
“We show support and we’re there for all of our players, Brian and anyone else,” said coach Lovie Smith. “We have a great locker room that welcomes guys coming in. If you want to play football, play with a great group of teammates, this is the place for you. I’m glad Brian is seeing that.”
Price has shown improvement after a slow start in training camp and needs to perform well in Thursday night’s preseason finale in Cleveland to enhance his chances of making the 53-man roster.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Smith said. “We’ve seen him improve as a ballplayer. That normally helps your mental state also; how it’s going on the football field for you. Brian’s one of the guys. [Teammates have] opened their arms to him. He has made some plays. We’ve seen flashes of what we’ve brought him [here] for. This will be an important game for him.”
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