Chicago Bears starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod returned to practice Monday after missing approximately a week with a right calf strain.

Bushrod participated in individual drills at the onset of the workout but sat out 11-on-11.

"It's getting there" Bushrod said. "I didn't want to come out here and push it too hard but I got a good feel. It feels good to get the pads on and get back out here with the guys. But it feels good to be one step closer to being 100 percent."

The two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman said his "goal" is to play Friday night in the Bears' preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers but both Bushrod and Bears coach Marc Trestman are expected to err on the side of caution.

"I don’t think it’s out of the realm that he would play on Friday night but he would have to be 100 percent for us to even think about playing him" Trestman said. "There is no need to push this. We’re going to be very patient. Doctors will tell us the condition he is in. We'll evaluate on Thursday and Friday morning and see where we’re at.