INDIANAPOLIS -- Bears coach Marc Trestman's media session Thursday morning at the NFL scouting combine immediately followed that of Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, so the topic of bullying and locker-room management was sure to come up.
"The cornerstone (for) everything we do is respect in the locker room," Trestman said. "We understand there is diversity in the locker room, and we do everything we can to respect that in a selfless and compassionate way.
"So I can't speak for other locker rooms, but we continue to reiterate that. It's a daily message to our coaches and from our coaches, and our players have done a great job of taking on that demeanor within the framework of our locker room at Halas Hall."
Earlier, Philbin took his share of responsibility for the bullying led by offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
"I can tell you, I can tell our fans, I can tell our players, we're going to do things about it," Philbin said. "We're going to make it better. We're going to look at every avenue, uncover every stone and we're going to have a better workplace. I promise you that. I'm going to make sure that happens."
Leap of faith: The Bears have several impact players on defense who suffered serious injuries last season in the final year of their contracts. Medical considerations complicate upcoming roster decisions about defensive tackle Henry Melton (left ACL), defensive end/tackle Corey Wootton (hip surgery in January), defensive tackle Nate Collins (left ACL) and middle linebacker D.J. Williams (left pectoral muscle).
General manager Phil Emery indicated a player usually must be cleared medically for the Bears to sign him, although he allowed for exceptions.
"There is a leap of faith because some of these injuries and rehab cycles extend past the opening of the league year (March 11)," Emery said. "So obviously there's a leap of faith in some instances if you decide to move forward without them receiving medical clearance.
"But I will say normally the No. 1 criterion is they have to receive medical clearance, especially if they're the players that you know and they're in your building and you know what their medical history is."
Each of the players listed above continues to rehabilitate his injury.
More McCown? Trestman made clear his desire for the Bears to retain backup quarterback Josh McCown.
"We want him to be a part of our team," he said. "We recognize how important he is, not just as the backup quarterback but as an influence in our locker room. He's a great leader and he's great for our quarterback room as well, which is the most important room in the building."
McCown's contract expires March 11.
Extra points: Right tackle Jordan Mills' recovery from surgery on his broken left foot is "on schedule," Emery said. Mills suffered the injury in the season finale. ... After signing punter Drew Butler in January to challenge incumbent Adam Podlesh, Emery acknowledged "a wide-open competition" for the job.
Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Wiederer contributed to this report.
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