Bears honor Kreutz, Knox

Updated: April 20, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Nearly three months after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur near his Achilles, Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz said his offseason rehab program is going well, and he is expected to be ready for training camp.

"Rehab is going fine and the surgery went good," Kreutz said Tuesday morning after winning his fourth Brian Piccolo Award. "I expect to be ready to go."

Kreutz was asked if he was near 100 percent.

"Getting close to it," Kreutz said. "Getting close to it."

With all of the changes made to the Bears' offensive coaching staff since the end of last season, Kreutz said he is eager to start fully participating with his teammates, who are in their fourth week of voluntary workouts.

"Real anxious to work with them," Kreutz said. "[Offensive coordinator] Mike Martz and [offensive line coach] Mike Tice have been everything as advertised. They are two of the top offensive minds in the business, and it's been obvious since we started."

Kreutz and wide receiver Johnny Knox are the 2009 recipients of the Brian Piccolo Award, given annually to a veteran and rookie who best exemplify the qualities Piccolo stood for before his untimely death in 1970.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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