Injuries Already Adding Up

Injuries Already Adding Up

Well we’re about two weeks into training camp and less than a week away from the start of preseason here for the Chicago Bears. Reports from camp have been a little up and down regarding performance, especially with the offense, but another big takeaway has been injuries.

Heading into the preseason the Bears have tallied up 5 notable injuries, as well as the whole Roquan situation with him being put on the PUP list. Most of the injures reported are for at least a few weeks, which cuts it a little close to the regular season opening.

First to go down was Lucas Patrick. The o-lineman suffered a hand injury that reportedly needs surgery and puts him out roughly until at least week one. The five year veteran G/C Patrick was seen as a big addition to the Bears line with him immediately sliding in as starting center, so hopefully that week one timetable is fairly accurate.

After Patrick went down back in the end of July he was followed by CB Thomas Graham Jr. who is dealing with a hamstring injury that could sideline him for a couple weeks. Graham, coming into his second year, has proven serviceable in his late season starts last year, and he, like Patrick, is another projected starter coming into the new season. Luckily, also like Patrick, it so far it seems Graham should be ready for the regular season.

August sixth saw two players join the injured list in WRs Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr.. Pringle, another offseason addition, is reportedly dealing with a quadriceps injury that could see the expected WR2 to be out for a little while (currently there is no given timetable). Velus’s injury, on the other hand, has not been specified and, the rookie is currently only listed as day to day.

Lastly and most recent is WR N’Keal Harry. Harry, just traded to the Bears back in mid July, has just been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. Being that the incident just happened today there isn’t much on how long the new Bears WR will be out, however reports do say the injury is seen as significant. Speculators think with a high ankle sprain Harry could be sidelined for roughly two months. This time frame would mean a return sometime in October if correct.

It’s clear if things continue this way the upcoming season could be even worse than expected in Chicago. Injuries to several starters puts a lot of strain on a team, especially one that already has some holes to fill like the Bears. One can only hope this trend does before the season starts.

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