Chicago Bears: Gauging concern on recent rash of injuries

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Backup plans in place, or in the works?

If Floyd’s hand doesn’t heal in time or he suffers a setback, the Bears are in some serious trouble and should be on the phones quickly attempting to acquire a pass rusher. One could even argue that with Floyd, the Bears are in trouble.

The obvious name most fans would bring up is Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack, who likely isn’t reporting to his team anytime soon in hopes of a new contract. If Mack is truly standing his ground, the Bears would have the necessary cap space to sign him and should do whatever they could to land the former Defensive Player of the Year.

As for Hicks, the Bears have Bilal Nichols and Jonathan Bullard waiting in the wing to take over. Neither of them are anywhere close to the player Hicks is, thus holding him out as long as possible is the smart move.

Amukamara and Gabriel don’t worry me too much, as Nagy appeared most confident in their statuses for Week 1.

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Shaheen’s injury is the only one we don’t have a clear picture on right now. Hopefully it is indeed just a sprain and he can rest and rehab as much as possible. If he is unable to go, my bet would be on Ben Braunecker making this roster and stepping in for Shaheen. Braunecker is another tall, big-bodied tight end who has flashed throughout camp and in the most recent preseason game against the Broncos.