Injuries had the Bears down to their third-string left tackle. A starting guard was at center. A right guard was at left guard. The two competitors for the starting job at right guard were in the same huddle.

No this was not (pick a week) in the second half of last season. It was Wednesday’s practice and offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer wasn’t particularly distressed at the injuries or anything else about the chaos.

“I think now as early as it is [the injuries are] minor issues” Kromer said. “We’ll get them back as quickly as possible and it just gives other guys more reps. …

“Our goal is to find the best five. When we find the best five it’ll be obvious. Whether we put them at left guard right guard whover they are we’ll find them. And we don’t control when that’ll happen. It’ll just happen.”

Something already is happening. The offensive line went out together on their off night in Bourbonnais and a group that ranges from a 13-year veteran (center Roberto Garza) to two rookies (Kyle Long Jordan Mills) has shown early indications of mixing well off the field as well as on it.