Bears notes: Brown happy to see Urlacher
Count defensive end Alex Brown as one of the Chicago Bears happiest to see Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher participating in Wednesday's organized team activities.
"It's great. What does it mean to have gas in the car? It ain't going to go unless there's gas in the car, you know?" he said. "So it's good to have him out there.
"He's the man, everybody knows that. I'm not telling you anything you don't know."
Urlacher had indicated at the mandatory veteran's minicamp at the end of May he may or may not show up for OTAs, as he seeks a revised contract. The Bears reportedly have offered a one-year extension worth $5 million up front, plus $1 million per year through 2011.
Absent Wednesday were linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. for undisclosed reasons.
Catching your eye
Undrafted free-agent defensive end Nick Osborn had the first interception during Wednesday's camp. The former San Diego State star picked off Caleb Hanie's first pass in team drills and returned it for what would have been a touchdown.
"A young guy like that, it only builds confidence for him," Alex Brown said. "Nick made a great play, and hopefully we'll get more out of him."
Veteran corner Charles Tillman intercepted Rex Grossman on a pass intended for Mike Hass. Grossman did have the completion of the day, a bomb to Marty Booker over safety Brandon McGowan.
Catching the ball
Joining Devin Hester and Nathan Vasher to field punts was rookie wideout Earl Bennett.
Chicago running backs coach Tim Spencer was asked if Cedric Benson has a place in the NFL.
"No idea," he said.
Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at (815) 987-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.