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Bears to hold conditioning test Thursday

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 25, 2013 – 10:21 am

The Bears don’t hold their first training camp practice until Friday morning, but that doesn’t mean that will be the first time that players break a sweat in Bourbonnais.

Every individual on the 90-man roster will participate in a conditioning test Thursday that consists of running three 300-yard shuttles within certain times based on position. Players will run from the goal line to the 50-yard line and back three times, and then take a short break between intervals.

“I don’t even look at it as a test,” said first-year coach Marc Trestman. “I look at it as an accountability exercise. The times are very minimal. We’re not trying to run anybody off or wear anybody down. It’s a minimalized test where everybody can see everybody out there for the day and see everybody running and see what kind of condition they’re in.”

Trestman doesn’t expect any players to flunk the test and won’t levy a heavy fine if someone does.

“Based on what I saw in the spring, there isn’t anybody who should have trouble finishing it,” Trestman said. “And if he doesn’t, that’s just a signal that his coach needs to give him a little more conditioning work to get up with the rest of the guys.

“There’s not going to be major sanctions here to anybody. It’s just an opportunity to see where the guys are … we’re giving the players a chance to see each other and the kind of commitment that they’ve made over the summertime.”


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