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Williams near football shape

BOURBONNAIS – Bears wide receiver Roy Williams jogged back to the huddle Wednesday, placed both hands on his knees and bent forward at the waist.

It’s been awhile since Williams played in Mike Martz’s offense.

“[I’m] getting my wind right,” Williams said after a 21⁄2 hour practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “You have to be able to run in this offense. Run all day long.”

Williams (6-3, 215) has worked with the first team since he joined the Bears on the practice field two weeks ago.

He has worked to improve his timing with quarterback Jay Cutler, who could benefit from a big-bodied No. 1 target.

“Roy’s definitely getting back into shape, taking more plays every day,” Cutler said. “You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day on film. So hopefully by Monday, he’ll be ready to go.”

Isn’t conditioning meant for the offseason?

“I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football-ready except for playing football,” Williams said.

“It’s tough. You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to, but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”

Staying mum: Bears wide receiver Devin Hester was polite but firm Wednesday when he said he would not discuss the scandal involving the Miami Hurricanes.

Hester is one of 72 former and current Miami players who allegedly received cash, jewelry, tickets, meals and other perks from an athletic booster over an eight-year span, according to an investigative report by Yahoo Sports.

“No comments about [Miami],” said Hester, who played with the Hurricanes from 2003-05. “Anything about Bears football, I’d love to talk about.”

No controversy: Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz insisted that Caleb Hanie was the team’s No. 2 quarterback and Nathan Enderle was the third-stringer.

Martz created questions Monday when he had Enderle practice with the second team while Hanie watched from the sidelines.

Hanie returned to the No. 2 role Tuesday and practiced with the second team again Wednesday.

Martz said he did not envision Enderle as his backup heading into the season.

“Not unless Caleb’s arm falls off,” Martz said.

Bears bits: The Bears waived offensive lineman Mike Lamphear, an undrafted rookie from Western Illinois. ... The Bears will practice at 7 p.m. today at ONU.


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