BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Not even an easing into training camp and reduced levels of hitting was able to hold the dreaded injury demon completely at bay, as the Bears lost a defensive end for the season and the starting left tackle for at least a little while with leg injuries on Monday.
Jermon Bushrod had a plastic walking cast/boot on his right foot and ankle after a calf injury in practice. The injury was described as minor, the boot as a “precaution,” and Bushrod said he “wanted to keep going” at practice but “didn’t want to push it.”
Jonathan Scott, the No. 2 right tackle this camp and starter late last season on the right side, stepped in at left tackle for the first time since he played there as a Pittsburgh Steeler in the 2011 playoffs.
“[Losing and replacing players on the fly] is a challenge that we are going to have during the season because people are going to go down during the week of a game,” said coach Marc Trestman. “You know, heaven forbid, but things do happen or we lose a player at the end of the game.
“Somebody else has got to step up during the week and play and that's the positive. It's a shock to the player that's next up that he's got to be ready to play and understand that you may not have three or four days. It may be in the next 10 minutes and they've got to be ready to step in because everybody is counting on him.”
On a more serious note, Turk McBride, signed this offseason from the New Orleans Saints, was carted off the field early in practice with a season-ending Achilles injury. The veteran defensive end was in competition for a spot in the defensive-end rotation with Shea McClellin, Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton.
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The hit is the second to the defensive line in six days, coming in the wake of former Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis announcing his retirement rather than coming to training camp.
In addition, reserve defensive end Cheta Ozougwu was forced out of practice with a hamstring strain and is being called “day to day” by the team.