Bushrod wary with return from calf injury

Bushrod wary with return from calf injury
August 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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BOURBONNAIS – The franchise priority for the Bears this offseason was left tackle Jermon Bushrod, a protégé of new offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer while with the New Orleans Saints.

The priority now is Bushrod’s health, coming back from a right-calf strain this week that had him in a walking boot initially and still walking slightly gingerly with a compression wrap on the leg.

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“It’s coming along,” Bushrod said on Friday. “I’m out of the boot, which is a good step, a step forward. I’m taking this thing one day at a time. I’m trying to get back as soon as I can, but I don’t want to mess it up anymore. I want to be out here for my team, so the more days I can strengthen this thing back up and then get it back feeling 100 (percent), then I’ll be ready to go.”

A problem with calf injuries is that they can be nagging, as several Bears defensive linemen showed over the past couple of camps. They are not a pain that can be played through, and middle linebacker D.J. Williams is likely out for at least a couple of weeks from the one he suffered the day after Bushrod’s.

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“I do not want to get it to the point where I’m out even longer,” Bushrod said. “The training room and I, we’re taking it day-by-day. It’s going pretty good. There’s no complaints. I’ve never had an injury like this before, so I don’t want to push it to the point where I’m out a few more weeks.”