Out came the call for the No. 1 offense Monday to huddle up for the start of full-team drills. Tight end Desmond Clark stayed on the sidelines.
He won't deny it was an odd place to be.
"It is tough to deal with inside, at first, but then when you look at it, I still have a big role in this offense," Clark said after practice at Olivet Nazarene.
True, but that role as the backup tight end still will take some adjustment for Clark, who has started more games at his position since he joined the Bears in 2003 (92) than anybody in the league not named Tony Gonzalez. Barring injury, Clark's streak of 67 straight starts will end Sept. 13 when Greg Olsen is the starting tight end against the Packers.
Both tight ends agree Clark still will play a significant number of snaps due to the Bears' tendency to use two-tight end formations.