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.
“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.
“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.”