Over the beginning of the offseason, the Chicago Bears were able to address their number one need in a big way. Phil Emery went after Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, and was able to bring him in on a five year deal.
The Bears desperately needed to improve their offensive line, especially on the left side where former starter J’Marcus Webb struggled mightily. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been one of the highest-sacked guys in the NFL since joining the Bears and Emery decided enough is enough.
Monday during training camp, Bushrod suffered a strained calf and was immediately put in a walking boot. It is not known if he’s had an MRI recently, but Friday was a great sign as he was walking around without the boot.
“It’s always good to be out of that boot, man,” Bushrod told the Chicago Sun Times. “I had to do that for precautionary reasons. So I’ve got to go with what the training room says, and it’s all about this team. I just want to get back, but I can’t rush it.”
It’s great to hear that a player is concerned about his team, especially a newcomer. Bushrod has looked like he’s gelled pretty well with the guys so far, which is an excellent sign.
“I don’t like missing practice. For me not to be out there and grind with these guys, it’s not fun. It would be nice to get out there and put some of this hard work that we’ve been doing against another opponent,” Bushrod said. “But, I do not want to get it to the point where I’m out even longer.”
Chicago has their first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers this upcoming Friday and Bushrod undoubtedly wants to play. However, he knows the importance of being ready for the regular season and is aiming to be at full health by then. It’s almost a given that that will happen, but watching the calf closely and being careful is the proper route and happens to be the one the Bears are taking.