Lovie Smith assumes players are working out as usual

If the presentation of the Ed Block Courage Award to Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams this afternoon goes anything like the time last week when coach Lovie Smith ran into another player, there won’t be many words exchanged.

Adams will be honored at a luncheon in Des Plains, Ill., today and the Smith is expected to be in attendance. That doesn’t mean Smith will be able to say much of anything to Adams, who will be an unrestricted free agent when the labor mess is finally sorted out. In fact, under the provisions of the lockout, Smith really can’t say anything.

That didn’t stop the coach from being a judge for the McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk contest last week at Chicago State University. Bears tight end Greg OIsen also served in the same role.

"You want to talk, but you know what it is," Smith told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "Greg knows what it is, and I know what it is. … We both understand the landscape of what’s going on right now. We just hope that, eventually, we’ll be able to do a lot more than just see each other."

This is almost the time of year when the Bears would have started their voluntary offseason workout program, the one that encourages players to show up four times a week to stay in shape and do a little football work.

“Sure, you want to keep up with your players. But keep in mind, our offseason program wouldn’t have started right now," Smith said. "Our offseason program is pretty much 40 days right now. We haven’t missed anything yet. We were going to start our program on April 11. So right now, it’s business as usual.

"I’m assuming right now, guys are doing what they normally do. It’s not like we’re talking about of bunch of junior high and Pop Warner kids. These are professionals. They work out. Players just don’t work out because coaches tell them. They take this seriously, so I assume they all are working out, like they normally do.’’

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