A day after the Chicago Bears successfully made it through their first padded practice of training without any injuries, the injury bug came down hard on the team during Monday’s practice.
The biggest blow to the Bears on Monday happened when defensive end Turk McBride went down with an injury. The diagnosis on McBride is a ruptured Achilles tendon and the defensive end will miss the entirety of the 2013 NFL Season.
The Bears signed McBride to a free-agent contract after the veteran defensive end spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In a career of 66 games, McBride has a total of 78 tackles to go along with 9.5 sacks.
That was not the only injury to a Bears’ player on Monday.
Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod suffered a calf injury during practice, but the injury is believed to be minor.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall did not practice on Monday to alleviate the stress after having hip surgery in the off-season. This is expected to be a common practice for the Bears and Marshall. The team is expected to limit Marshall’s participation in training camp in order to have the wide receiver 100% ready for the start of the regular season.
The Bears do not practice on Tuesday, meaning Marshall will have two days off to rest his hip.
- Devin Hester continued his exclusive work with the Special Teams unit on Monday. Hester has not participated in any offensive drills during training camp and has been limited to Special Teams. That does not mean that Hester will not be an impact player for the Bears in 2013. Not only will Hester be returning punts, but the former wide receiver has shown impressive skills in getting to the punter.
- There is no question that the Bears’ defense is ahead of the Bears’ offense. Jay Cutler has been no better or no worse than what Bears’ fans have seen of him in the past, and the team’s offensive line has struggled to pick up the blitz packages from the defense.
- To that end, defensive tackle Stephen Paea is having an impressive camp. Paea could be a breakout player for the Bears in 2013, and no time is better than now in the wake of McBride’s season-ending injury.