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2012 Bears Offseason: Chris Conte Cleared For Team's Voluntary Workouts

Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte, who injured his foot in Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks last season, has been cleared to play and will participate in the team's upcoming voluntary workouts, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. Conte suffered a second-degree Lisfranc sprain, and because he was able to avoid surgery, he is healthy enough to start practicing with the team this week.

In 14 games last year, Conte had 30 total tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. He also earned himself the nickname "Birdman." Conte is expected to win the starting free safety job across from Major Wright, and the tandem should enter the 2012 season as one of the most intriguing young safety tandems in the NFL.

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