On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears completed their first full of day of training camp. However, it didn’t come without some bad news. Earlier in the day, Matt Nagy announced that five players were dealing with nagging ailments. Those various injuries forced some players to be held out of practice and others to see limited time.
Early Camp Injuries
- Eddie Jackson (hamstring)
- Teven Jenkins (back)
- Germain Ifedi (hip flexor)
- Robert Quinn (back)
- Bilal Nichols (toe)
Later in the day, Jackson landed on the non-football injury list and Ifedi wound up on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Tight End Retires
In other Bears news, tight end Jake Butt has chosen to retire.
Butt originally signed with the Bears on June 18. Unfortunately, his career was marred by injuries. In total, Butt logged ten receptions for 90 yards and no touchdowns in just eight NFL games across two seasons. Of course, the recent signing of TE Jesse James likely spelled the end of Butt’s time in Chicago anyways.
The Bears also brought in former Washington and Minnesota wide receiver Josh Doctson for a workout.
Notably, Doctson was a 2016 first-round draft pick of Washington. After missing most of his rookie year to an Achilles injury, he rebounded nicely in 2017 and 2018. However, Doctson didn’t see the field with the Vikings in 2019 after spending time on injured reserve. Now at 28 years old, Doctson looks to return to the NFL after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
It will be interesting to see if Doctson can actually latch on with the Bears as the team continues their search to replace Anthony Miller after trading him to the Houston Texans. In fact, Chicago recently signed former Falcons WR Justin Hardy a day prior. Nevertheless, the search continues.
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