No matter what stock is put into pre-season games, the only goal for NFL teams during pre-season is to avoid injuries. That did not happen for the Chicago Bears on Friday.
On the first defensive play of the game for the Bears, defensive tackle Henry Melton suffered a concussion.
Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman had this to say on Melton’s status after the game:
“Henry has a concussion and he’ll be in a NFL concussion protocol situation right now and will be day-to-day,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said.-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Melton has to pass through four different stages before he can resume football activity with the Bears.
Melton is the second Bears’ player to have suffered a concussion in the past week. Last Saturday, wide receiver Earl Bennett was diagnosed with a concussion.
Melton certainly will not miss the Bears’ regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the defensive tackle likely will not play in the Bears’ pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.