As Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy spoke to the media on Wednesday, he became a news segment of sorts. Nagy’s morning news includes back surgery for Teven Jenkins, among other updates about players. Let’s take a look at some of the updates.
Fields, Goldman, Kmet Sidelined
According to reports, Justin Fields, Eddie Goldman, and Cole Kmet are all sitting out on Wednesday with injuries. Reports indicate that Fields is just being held out due to some groin soreness. That said, the other two injuries are a little more concerning.
Goldman has had back issues in the past. According to reports, his absence from practice today is due to those back issues. In addition, Cole Kmet is sidelined with a hamstring injury. There is no indication on the severity of Goldman and Kmet’s injuries.
Ideally, these injuries are all precautionary and mean short absences for all three players.
Hicks, Others Return to Practice
Despite the bad news with Jenkins and others, the Bears received good news on Wednesday. Akiem Hicks, Robert Quinn, Roquan Smith, and James Daniels all are returning to practice on Wednesday. Getting three major defensive pieces back at practice is massive for the Bears. In addition, with the offensive line being decimated during camp, Daniels’ return is even more welcomed than it normally would be.
However, despite Hicks returning to practice, Matt Nagy had “no update” on why the defensive stand out missed practice yesterday.
Hicks’ absence is concerning. It was not an injury, nor COVID-19 related, as those would have been reported. Perhaps Hicks missing practice had everything to do with a contract extension that he’s seeking from Chicago. Regardless, fans may never know why Hicks missed Tuesday’s practice.
Jason Peters Almost Ready
According to Jeff Joniak, newly signed OL Jason Peters will pass his COVID-19 protocols and be in the building with the Bears on Thursday. Peters getting in the building is even more important now that Jenkins is having back surgery and could miss the entire season. Peters officially signed for $1.75 million, a small price for a left tackle with a lot of NFL experience.
Peters will need to get up to speed quickly in order to start for the team Week One. As noted, Peters’ presence is even more important on a banged up line that is now missing their prize rookie. If Peters can be a league average tackle this season, the Bears should be good enough to make noise, that is assuming Fields is playing quarterback.
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