This year’s training camp period has seemed to be a heck of a lot weirder than those in recent memory. There have been what seems like so many more injuries, specifically season-ending injuries, occurring every day all around the NFL.
That trend continued for the Chicago Bears, as cornerback Kelvin Hayden has been officially ruled out for the entire season with a torn hamstring that he suffered Saturday night when the team practiced at Soldier Field for their annual Family Fest.
Head coach Marc Trestman called it a “severe” injury. It was so severe, that Hayden was said to have problems just standing up as recent as Tuesday.
He will undergo surgery as soon as possible after receiving MRI’s on Tuesday and Wednesday. The expected recovery time for the ninth year pro is around 6-8 months.
Despite the injury, Chicago will be just fine in the secondary. Starters Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman have been more than efficient and backups Isaiah Frey and Zack Bowman are favorites among training camp.
Hayden was almost let go completely this spring as the Bears indeed decided to bring him back after coming off just a one year deal in 2012. He didn’t show anything worth noting throughout last year’s camp nor the regular season, thus the loss at hand isn’t too great.
It’s always a shame, though, to see an injury like this take place. Like so many others have endured already this year, a season-ending injury during training camp is as deflating as injuries come. Hopefully Hayden can make a full recovery and come back in 2014 to continue his then-10 year career.