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False starts truly a concern
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/3/2010 12:03 AM

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False starts by the offensive line have been prevalent in the early going, and right tackle Frank Omiyale has been guilty three times in the past two practices.

"We're not ready yet (to play a game), but that is too many," coach Lovie Smith said. "It's the same guy a few times. We've got to get it corrected, and they will."

Actually, Omiyale hasn't been the only culprit. While he jumped twice on Sunday, there were three other similar infractions.

"I think every time you jump offsides you're a little overanxious to make a play," Smith said. "You have to be disciplined in order to stay onsides. You can't lose a play before it starts. That won't be a problem."

No worries: Tight end Greg Olsen, who led the Bears with 60 catches last season, has not made much of an impact as a receiver so far, which was a concern the minute Mike Martz was hired as offensive coordinator because he doesn't have a history of utilizing that position in the passing game.

Olsen isn't panicking, although he is understandably tired of hearing the questions about his role.

"We've addressed this a ridiculous amount, said Olsen who caught 114 passes for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns over the past two seasons. "It is what it is. The past has nothing to do with the guys that we have here. Coach Martz has said all along that the guys who show that they can help the team and make plays and do the thing they're asked to do, are going to play."

Dim bulb: Coach Lovie Smith was asked about this year's "light practices," by an uninformed TV reporter, even though practice times have been 15-20 minutes longer than in the recent past. Monday's noon session was the most spirited practice this year, with an abundance of full-speed contact in pass-rush drills.

"I don't know where you got the 'take it light in practice,' " Smith chided the talking head. "We're not taking it light at all."

As for the lengthened practice times, which have been running about 2 hours and 15 minutes, Smith said: "We've added some plays, and we've added a period here and there. Especially early on, we just want to get some things done."

Monday's practice ran a few minutes past 2 hours, which was the average practice time the past couple years.

Health report: Wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias sat out Monday's noon practice with the quad injury he suffered a day earlier, temporarily halting the progress he's made.

Nose tackle Marcus Harrison, who reported to training camp above his prescribed weight a year ago and was held out of early practices, was unable to finish Monday's work in humid conditions because of dehydration.

"He's having a little bit of trouble with that," coach Lovie Smith said. "It's nothing major for Marcus. He should be able to go (today) in practice."

Rookie running back Harvey Unga remained out with the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday. Rookie safety Major Wright was unable to finish practice because of a groin injury, and veteran safety Chris Harris (back) remained out.

"(Iglesias) should be OK," Smith said. "Chris Harris is getting better. Hopefully in the next couple days we'll be able to get him back out there. Unga wasn't dressed today, so that's not a good thing. Don't know exactly how long he'll be out."