Chicago Bears reserve center/guard Brian de la Punte appears to have dodged a bullet with reports that he did not suffer an ACL injury in Friday night’s 34-28 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brian de la Puente says he has a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He says it’s not serious and he’ll be back in a “couple of weeks.”
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 10, 2014
De la Puente got rolled up during the exhibition opener and it’s a good bet that is the extent of the time we’ll see him. I would tent to think that a “couple of weeks” is the rest of the preseason. You would think the Bears have seen enough of de la Puente and his relationship with offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer from their days together with the Saints should help him get a roster spot.
Keen Bears observers might remember the term “Grade 2 MCL Sprain” from the 2010 NFC Championship game, when Jay Cutler suffered the same injury. As we learned then, the sprain is actually a small tear in the ligament. Recovery time is in the 3-4 week range. But that’s not the only injury on the offensive line. Hit NEXT down below for more on the mounting injuries to the offensive line.