Bears offensive line struggling to stay healthy

Bears offensive line struggling to stay healthy
August 10, 2014, 8:00 pm

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Bears offensive line, so healthy through last season, continues getting nicked up through training camp, to the point where the Bears have signed a pair of veteran linemen in the past week to staff the position group.

Former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Dennis Roland was signed last week after swing tackle Eben Britton was injured. After center/guard Brian de la Puente went down with a knee sprain in the Philadelphia game, the Bears signed guard Rob Turner who has played with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans.

Right guard Kyle Long was out of the Philadelphia game Friday with a sore foot but was back at full practice on Sunday.

“If you can have five guys get through a whole year starting, especially on offensive line, that's a blessing,” said tackle Jermon Bushrod. “If we can have three or four being constant, that's a win for us if we can just keep as many guys on the field as we can, that's our goal, that's our plan, but this is a tough game, you have to be a little lucky when it comes to the injury bug.”

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De la Puente was rolled up on from behind during the Philadelphia game and is expected to miss a couple of weeks with the MCL sprain that could have been much worse.

“[The] ACL was fine, which was a big relief,” de la Puente said. “I’ve just got to get treatment and hopefully get back out there in a couple weeks. It was scary. That’s something you don’t ever want to happen. You don’t ever want to see it happen to anybody. So initially it was scary. I’m glad that it’s kind of a best-case scenario.”

Right tackle Jordan Mills, who sat out Friday’s game, had a walking boot on his right foot Sunday. Mills injured the foot in warmups before the Green Bay game last December, had been back practicing in full during minicamps, OTA’s and early camp.

"It's just precautionary,” Mills said. “It's taking pressure off my foot and not putting too much weight on it.”

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Mills won the right tackle from J’Marcus Webb last preseason. This year he had to miss the first preseason game and isn’t a done deal for Thursday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"We'll see,” Mills said. “Whatever the trainers say, I'll go with. I want to play. I want to be out there with my teammates, fighting and grinding."

Britton went down with a hamstring pull and has been out for the past week.

“We expect Jordan to be back soon,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We're keeping our fingers crossed with Brian. It's giving other guys an opportunity to get a lot of work done. It's football. These things happen…. I'm excited for the guys who have an opportunity and I'm hopeful that we'll get the guys back as soon as we can.”