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Bears' Kyle Fuller hurt on opening kickoff

Tim Jennings misses time in slot in sub packages.
Willie Young mysteriously out of uniform for Bears exhibition

Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller injured his right ankle on the opening kickoff and did not return to Thursday night's 20-19 exhibition victory over the Jaguars.

The team's first-round draft pick walked off the field under his own power and said after the game the injury wasn't serious.

With Fuller out, veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden played in the slot in sub packages.

The Bears want Tim Jennings to play the slot in sub packages with Fuller coming off the bench to take his place on the outside, but Jennings' transition has been slow. He missed most of training camp with a quadriceps injury.

Jennings on Sunday expressed urgency about getting acclimated to the slot.

"I'm getting closer," Jennings said. "Know what I mean? It's new terminology, new keys, you have to do a lot more with your eyes. So it's all about feel. Once you get comfortable and get a feel for certain routes and where everybody is going to be, I can be in the right spot."

The Bears also lost tight end Zach Miller to a left foot injury in the first half. Miller’s career has been plagued by injuries, and he hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2011.

He was in a walking boot after the game and coach Marc Trestman said the team would learn more about his injury Friday.

Surprise absence: Bears defensive end Willie Young was not in uniform Thursday because of a knee bruise that “really is a non-issue,” Trestman said. That was unexpected because Young had not missed any time since a quadriceps injury prevented him from finishing practice on July 26.

Safety Chris Conte sat out, as expected. He continues to ease back from right shoulder surgery in March. He came off the physically unable to perform list Sunday and has practiced only three times with the team.

The other Bears not in uniform Thursday were right tackle Jordan Mills (left foot), tight end Dante Rosario (calf), safety Craig Steltz (groin), offensive lineman Eben Britton (left hamstring), offensive lineman Brian de la Puente (left knee), receiver Marquess Wilson (right collarbone), receiver Chris Williams (right hamstring) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (right hamstring).

Air time: Receiver Brandon Marshall will be taking on added responsibility off the field this season. Beginning in Week 1, Marshall will be moonlighting as an analyst for Showtime's popular "Inside the NFL" series.

That announcement officially came Thursday. Marshall will join Ed Reed, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms as analysts for host Greg Gumbel.

Marshall greeted the announcement with a message on Instagram that read "Why not? #trailblaze."

"Inside the NFL" is moving to Tuesdays this fall with a season premiere slated for 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Shows will run again at the same time on Wednesdays on NFL Network.

It remains to be seen just how extensive Marshall's obligations will be. But it certainly will be worth monitoring as the Bears dive into the regular season.

“I trust Brandon,” Trestman said. “He asked me about it. I trust him to make decisions that are in the best interests of the team first. I know Brandon. I know he’ll do that. So I have complete faith that the team always comes first, football has always come first to him, and I believe he’ll work it out to where it won’t distract him from doing his job.”

Tribune reporter Dan Wiederer contributed.

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