Chicago Bears starting left guard Teven Jenkins was among the plethora of starting players that did not play in the team’s Pre-Season game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday and it now appears that Jenkins will not be ready for the start of the regular season.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday that Jenkins is expected to miss up to six weeks with a leg injury. With the Bears not providing injury information until Week 1 of the regular season, it is unclear when Jenkins suffered the injury.
"With three weeks until the start of the regular season, Jenkins has some time but the sources believe this injury will stretch into next month. If the injury is going to linger, the Bears could consider placing Jenkins on injured reserve, although that move would not be made until after the initial 53-man roster is established at the end of the month. Players on IR must remain sidelined for a minimum of four games before returning to the active roster.-Chicago Tribune"
For as many fans that are expecting the Bears to be better because of the skill players they have surrounded starting quarterback Justin Fields with, there remain legitimate concerns with the offensive line.
Teven Jenkins continues his struggle to remain on the football field with the Chicago Bears.
Jenkins, when healthy, has proven to be the best offensive lineman on the Bears’ roster but availability remains his biggest concern. Ditto for veteran right guard Nate Davis who has missed nearly all of training camp with an injury. Davis is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season but his tenure with the Bears has gotten off to a murky start.
If Jenkins is forced to miss time once the regular season starts, it will be interesting to see how the Bears fill their starting offensive line. One scenario could see Cody Whitehair slide back to the left guard spot with Lucas Patrick serving as the team’s center.
Ja’Tyre Carter has also been a standout during the Pre-Season in place of an injured Davis and may also get a look at the left guard spot.
The injury to Jenkins should serve as a reminder for Bears fans in that the offensive line will first need to be stabilized before any lofty expectations can be placed on this team.