When training camp began, the Chicago Bears already had questions about their wide receiver position. Many felt it was the worst in the NFL in terms of star power and depth. The last thing they could afford was a series of punching injuries. Unfortunately, that seems to be the team’s misfortune. Word came out of Saturday’s padded practice that two key losses were suffered. Head coach Matt Eberflus quickly confirmed both.
N’Keal Harry, Chicago’s former 1st round pick acquired via trade from New England, suffered an apparent ankle injury that required the help of teammates and coaches to get off the field. Then, to make matters worse, it was revealed that free agent addition Byron Pringle suffered a quad injury. His status for the rest of the camp is now in question, with Eberflus giving the impression that the team is aiming to return for the regular season opener next month.
To top it off, rookie Velus Jones is also seen day to day with a minor injury of his own.
#Bear was brought online at the start of a team period and WR N’Keal Harry appeared to be tackled by FS Eddie Jackson and LB Nicholas Morrow.
Harry was struggling to put weight on his left leg after getting up and being helped into the locker room.
—Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 6, 2022
#Bear WR Byron Pringle has a quad injury. Matt Eberflus won’t put a timeline on it.
—Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 6, 2022
The Chicago Bears are in serious trouble now.
There is no way around it. Three of the top five projected receivers on their depth chart are injured. Two of them sound relatively serious. Right now, it seems to be Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown, followed by a wide gap to everyone else. General Manager Ryan Poles has his work cut out for him. If Harry and Pringle are out for a significant amount of time, the team may have no choice but to seek help from the wide receiver.
Veteran free agents still available include Will Fuller, TY Hilton, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders, among others. This development is good news for those who are already on the list. Names like Dazz Newsome, Tajae Sharpe, David Moore and Dante Pettis are vying for spots on the roster. They now have a window of opportunity to make a positive impression on the coaching staff. Injury details are expected to surface within the next 24 to 48 hours.
It reinforces how active the Bears are likely to be at wide receiver next offseason, if nothing else.
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