Garrett Wolfe’s reaction to a hamstring injury is understandable.
"It’s frustrating, no doubt about it," the 5-foot-7, 186-pound Chicago Bears rookie running back said Sunday after tweaking his right hamstring returning kickoffs Saturday morning.
No timetable has been announced for his return, but Wolfe thinks it will be within a week.
"It’s one of those things you feel it out — when you can go, you go," he said. "It’s kind of a mild strain, nothing major. I know these hamstrings. I’ve dealt with this multiple times."
Offensive coordinator Ron Turner is encouraged that Wolfe already told him he feels better.
"Obviously, every day he misses is going to hurt him," Turner said. "He needs reps. If it’s more than a week, it will be tough.
"Injuries are part of this business, unfortunately."
Wolfe will continue to attend position and team meetings and practice when he’s not in the athletic trainer’s room receiving treatment.
"You see the guys out here competing and having fun, and this is a great time of year," said Wolfe, selected in the third round of the NFL draft out of Northern Illinois. "This time of year is unlike any other time.
"It’s most definitely frustrating because it’s my first pro camp. You don’t want people to think you’re copping out. No one has said anything like that to me. But, granted, you’re going to have that feeling if you can’t go out and go to work with your teammates like everyone else — you’re going to feel a little upset about that."
Cameraman to rescue
A serious situation was avoided just as Saturday’s practice began. A large golf cart filled with water jugs and other fluids had its driver fall off, with the cart heading straight toward fans sitting by a roped off area. Comcast cameraman Eric Fogle jumped on the cart and applied the break just before anyone was hit.
Fogle said he didn’t want to receive any attention for his action.
Sunday was the first day the team wore game pants instead of shorts. ... The action was calmer on the field, with very few plays drawing a reaction from the crowd. A Rex Grossman run up the middle got some applause. His best completion was a 30-yarder to Rashied Davis. ... Devin Hester was the only player seen having to do push-ups, presumably for dropping a catchable pass. ... The first fight of camp broke out on the field but was quickly terminated.
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