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Chris Conte | Defensive Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
College: California
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Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) is expected to play in Chicago's third preseason game against Seattle next Friday.
"We want to get him in there and we certainly want to give him a chance to compete," coach Marc Trestman said. Conte's injury caused him to fall behind both Danny McCray and rookie Brock Vereen, but there is still time for him to regain his starting spot. Ryan Mundy is locked in as the Bears' starting strong safety. Aug 16 - 8:54 AM

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Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) returned to practice Sunday.

He's been activated from camp PUP and should be all systems go. Conte struggled mightily in 2013, while rookie Brock Vereen performed admirably in Chicago's preseason opener, grading out positively both in coverage and run support per Pro Football Focus. Conte is probably not going to get his job back.
Aug 10 - 5:45 PM

Bears placed FS Chris Conte (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

Conte had shoulder surgery in April and is now behind the eight ball after a horrific 2013 season. Rookie Brock Vereen will take the first-team reps while Conte is sidelined. Ryan Mundy and Adrian Wilson will handle strong safety.
Jul 23 - 3:22 PM

Bears coach Marc Trestman admits FS Chris Conte (shoulder) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

Conte underwent extensive shoulder surgery in early April. After a poor season, Conte's starting job is in serious doubt with the Bears preparing rookie Brock Vereen for his role. Conte's tenuous recovery is likely one of the reasons GM Phil Emery is taking a shot on 34-year-old SS Adrian Wilson.
Jun 23 - 4:37 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright believes FS Chris Conte will retain his starting role.

After being one of the weakest links in a horrendous run defense last season, Conte was certainly not assured a starting role this year. The Bears failed to add an impact safety this offseason, so Conte has the upper hand in the camp battle to come. He will only have to fend off underwhelming M.D. Jennings and rookie Brock Vereen to keep his spot. Conte is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery but should be ready by the first preseason game.
May 24 - 9:29 AM

The Bears expect S Chris Conte (shoulder) to be available for the first preseason game.

Conte is coming off offseason surgery. He started all 16 games a year ago, getting blasted in the run game as the Bears set records for ineptitude in that category. Conte won't be handed the starting free safety gig as he heads into the final year of his rookie deal.
May 1 - 12:30 PM

Bears S Chris Conte has undergone shoulder surgery, and will be sidelined 4-5 months.

The timeline leaves Conte highly questionable for training camp. He'll likely start out on the active/PUP list. It's a major setback for a player who's supposedly "in the mix" to start despite a rough 2013. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Conte's injury has probably sewn up a spot on the bench.
Apr 3 - 4:39 PM

Bears GM Phil Emery says S Chris Conte will remain in the mix for a starting job in 2014.

Conte was woefully ineffective last season, but the Bears aren't ready to give up on the 2011 third-rounder just yet. Of course, that could easily change depending on what they do in free agency and the draft. Even if the Bears stand pat, Conte will have to earn his job in camp.
Feb 20 - 3:07 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte exited Sunday night's Week 16 game with a head injury, but later returned.

Conte was evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter. The Bears have cleared him to return to the game.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte (dislocated shoulder) has resumed practicing on a limited basis this week.

Conte is trying out a harness to protect his right shoulder, but he may need another week to get healthy. Craig Steltz will fill in as the starter if Conte's shoulder isn't deemed ready for game action.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 09:19:00 AM

Bears FS Chris Conte's shoulder injury has been diagnosed as a dislocation.

Although no surgery has been planned, Conte's status for the season opener is now up in the air. The Bears will likely turn to veteran Craig Steltz if Conte misses time.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 07:37:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte will be out "a while" after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

"His shoulder’s a little sore right now," coach Lovie Smith said Monday. Reserve S Brandon Hardin is day-to-day with a neck injury. It sounds like Conte could still be ready for Week 1, but Craig Steltz should start opposite Major Wright if he isn't.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 12:06:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte (foot) is expected to fully participate in the team's offseason program, which begins Monday.

Conte almost suffered a dreaded Lisfranc injury last December, but ended up with a more conventional sprain. "Instead of tearing it, the space between the bones just widened at little bit," he explained. "They just casted it and it healed." A nine-game starter as a rookie, Conte is penciled in as the Bears' free safety.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 12:12:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte (I.R., foot) expects to be ready for the Bears' offseason program.

"I was lucky it wasn't worse than it was. But it's not anything serious," Conte said of his foot sprain, which also involved ligament damage. "I'm not going to miss any football stuff." The third-rounder finished his rookie year with 43 tackles in nine starts. He appears to have a bright future as a cover safety.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 10:44:00 PM

Bears placed FS Chris Conte (foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Conte suffered a sprained in foot in Week 15. Mistake-prone Brandon Meriweather is expected to rejoin the starting lineup against the Packers. The No. 93 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Conte helped stabilize the back end after taking over in mid-October. He should return as the starter in 2012.
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 06:13:00 PM

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