Olin Kreutz on the comeback trail for the Bears

Veteran center Olin Kreutz remains sidelined during minicamp for the Chicago Bears this weekend, but he’s close to feeling better than he did the last few seasons playing on a bad ankle.

Kreutz underwent surgery in late January on his Achilles tendon and he’s nearly all the way back. The projected rehabilitation time was four to six months, and now four months removed, there is no rush in getting him back on the field.

He’s been doing some running on the side and has been lifting weights. He’s following the action with a play chart.

“My foot was so bad for so long that it's already almost better than it was," Kreutz said.

Kreutz has started 118 consecutive games for the Bears and the streak would be longer had an emergency appendectomy not forced him out of one game in 2002. The injury bothered Kreutz for some time and one of the options that was considered was cutting his Achilles tendon.

The surgeon told Kreutz that the operation should relieve 70 percent of the pain he had been dealing with. The injury made it difficult for Kreutz to plant and drive and he hopes to be much better off moving forward into his 13th NFL season.

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