On Friday morning, Chicago Bears rookie right tackle Jordan Mills underwent surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Mills suffered the injury against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
On Thursday, Bears general manager Phil Emery admitted that further evaluation was needed before the determination was made about whether or not Mills would miss any part of the Bears off-season program.
“I know he still has to have some further evaluation, and that’s just where we’re at,” Emery said when asked whether Mills would miss any of the team’s upcoming offseason conditioning program. -Phil Emery, ESPN Chicago
The expectation is that Mills will be able to participate in the Bears off-season program beginning in April. Mills suffered the injury while going from the sideline into the game on Sunday.
Mills was productive for the Bears in his rookie season. Mills allowed only 3 sacks during the 2013 season while playing 1,022 snaps. Mills along with right guard Kyle Long, left guard Matt Slauson, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod contributed to what was an improved offensive line for the Bears in 2013.
With Roberto Garza being the only player on the offensive line who’s future is in question, the Bears will benefit from stability in having the majority of the offensive line return for a second straight season in 2014.
Mills started every game for the Bears at the right tackle position during the 2013 season.