Conte sidelined at start of safety competition

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Public Enemy No. 1, Chris Conte, was on the sideline while the competition at safety officially kicked off Tuesday at the Bears’ organized team activity. Conte, the man whom many Bears fans blame for the team’s defensive woes last year, is recovering from shoulder surgery and will miss considerable time — possibly up to or even into training camp.

In Conte’s absence, newcomers M.D. Jennings and Ryan Mundy lined up as starting safeties with rookie Brock Vereen seeing significant repetitions.

While it’s not out of the question that Conte will earn his starting job back and be on the field when the season kicks off, missing this valuable time is definitely hurting his chances and his play throughout the preseason will have to make up for it.

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