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Bears hope Holmes will play in Friday exhibition

The Bears hope new receiver Santonio Holmes will be ready to see at least some game action Friday night in Seattle. But as of Tuesday coach Marc Trestman steered away from a definitive proclamation of Holmes' availability.

More than anything, Trestman wants Holmes at ease mentally with a new team and a new offense before he's turned loose.

"I just want him to feel comfortable," the Bears coach said, "to be able to go in there and perform and not put our team in position where his mistakes would create mistakes around him. We don't want that to happen.

"We want to give him the best chance to succeed on an individual basis as well."

Holmes signed with the Bears on Saturday and has participated in just two practices so far. Trestman said he'll know more after Wednesday's practice to decide on the receiver's status.

According to a league source, the qualifying contract Holmes agreed to over the weekend is a minimum-salary benefit deal that will pay him a base salary of $855,000 this season with a salary-cap number of $570,000, a low-risk investment for the organization.

The Bears also included a waiver in the contract that takes them off the hook for Holmes' salary if he suffers an injury to his left foot, the same one the veteran receiver suffered a Lisfranc injury to in 2012 costing him 12 games with the Jets. Holmes, now 30, has had multiple surgeries on the foot.

A good test: Most Bears starters figure to play until halftime and possibly beyond Friday. For the offense, that means an exhibition test against a feisty Seahawks defense that ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season in total yards allowed (273.6 per game).

"They're really good up front," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "They show you a lot of different looks. Their back end is as good as there is in football. (Safety) Earl Thomas is all over the field. (Cornerback) Richard Sherman is really good. It's going to be a test."

Cutler is also eager to see how the Bears offense handles the noise at CenturyLink Field, widely touted as the loudest stadium in the league.

"That will be a good challenge for us," Cutler said. "Just to get the play off -- if we have checks, if we've got alerts and kind of go through the process of our silent count and dealing with that."

Injury watch: Defensive end Jared Allen was held out of practice Tuesday with a minor shoulder bruise. Others missing practice were Kyle Fuller (ankle), Eben Britton (hamstring), Isaiah Frey (hamstring), Brian de la Puente (knee) and Jordan Mills (foot).

Tribune reporter Brad Biggs contributed.

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