Chicago Bears right tackle Jordan Mills continues to be brought along cautiously by the team after the offensive lineman had surgery in January to repair a fractured metatarsal in his left foot.
Mills has been seen in practice this week with a walking boot on his left foot and Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman refrained from putting a timeline for when Mills may return to the field.
“I really think it’s just day to day,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s in that boot. He’s out of that boot. He’s doing the things he needs to do. I don’t want to put a time limit on this thing.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Mills did not play in the Bears Pre-Season opener on Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Trestman is leaving the decision up to the team’s medical staff over whether or not Mills plays on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We’ll just see,” Trestman said. “As I’ve always said, and I’ve been consistent, when the trainers and doctors say he’s ready to go, he’ll be out there. I don’t make those decisions.”-Trestman, ESPN Chicago
At this point, the Bears believe that Mills will be ready for the regular season.
Though, considering Mills is only a second-year player, it goes without saying that the lineman needs to be on the field in order to continue his development. Mills has struggled in training camp with the Bears and that has led to questions over whether or not the second-year lineman would retain his starting spot on the offensive line.
Michael Ola has benefited from Mills being sidelined. Ola has impressed the Bears’ coaches during practices as a swing-tackle and likely will start at the right tackle spot on Thursday if Mills is indeed inactive.