Bears safety undergoes shoulder surgery


Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte has undergone shoulder surgery and will be out for the next four to five months.

Conte is entering the final year of his rookie contract while the Bears had signed three safeties in free agency already. Now they will not have to contend with him during OTAs or minicamps.

“I know I’m going to have to compete for my position on this team,” Conte said, via the team’s website. “I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be.”

Last season Conte started all 16 games for the Bears making 95 tackles and making three interceptions.