Things changed quickly though, when veteran defensive lineman Turk McBride, bidding to win a backup job, went down with an Achilles tendon injury that will sideline him for the season during the morning practice. Later, left offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, a key free agent signee, had to leave practice early with what was described as a calf sprain. Fortunately, it appears to be minor and Bushrod is in a walking boot as a precaution.
Coach Marc Trestman felt badly about McBride’s season ending before it had a chance to start. That’s a tough one. He has worked so hard, probably as high effort a guy as we have on this team on a daily basis, since the spring. That’s really disappointing. We’re really disappointed for him.” Though McBride was a reserve, the Bears overall defensive line depth could be impacted. The tackle spots are thin behind starters Henry Melton and Stephen Paea, so another experienced lineman could be signed. Newly acquired Jamaal Anderson has the versatility to play both inside or at end, so it figures he’ll get a long look to make the club.
As for Bushrod, he doesn’t think it’s a serious issue. We’ll take it day by day, but it’s nothing crazy,” Bushrod said. “Just got to
rest it, ice it and do what I have to do to get back out there.” Trestman added the injuries offered a coachable moment. The positive today was that Bushrod sat out and someone has to go play 60 minutes at left tackle on a Sunday when we just found out in warm-ups that it happened. Walk-throughs become important because reps that (backups) are not getting in that spot, they have to know (the position). And that’s football … those are all good things and that’s what training camp is all about.”
Bear Tracks: Second-year WR Joe Anderson turned in another impressive practice performance. Trestman has praised Anderson’s efforts as both a receiver and a special teams player. Anderson earned a spot on the practice squad after last year’s camp, became active late in the year, and contributed immediately on coverage teams when injuries began to affect the team’s depth…..WR Brandon Marshall was given the day off to rest…First-round pick Kyle Long is also continuing his strong play and getting rave notices for his overall strength, approach and demeanor. Long is focused on improving his technique, but he continues to flash in practices and is making a push for a starting job.