Leonard Floyd left Chicago Bears first training camp practice with an illness that scared most Bears fans.
If you’re luck me, stuck at your desk or unable to make the trip down to Bourbonnais for Chicago Bears training camp, you might be following the action on Twitter as fans and beat reporters post updates from practice. I found myself doing that during a mental health break between meeting this morning. Then you see the tweets flowing that first round draft pick Leonard Floyd was being carted off the field and suddenly your heart sank. Not again.
Then word gets out that head coach John Fox will be addressing the media on Floyd’s condition after practice. Tick. Tock. You wait to get a notification on your phone fearing the worst, an ACL or Achilles or some other fluke, season-ending injury during non-padded, non-contact practice. Then John Fox speaks after practice to tell Bears nation that Floyd has a stomach bug and will be just fine. How do you spell relief? R-O-L-A-I-D-S. Most of you are too young to remember that commercial.
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What a relief! After last year’s first round pick was sidelined for training camp with what turned out to be a season-ending leg injury, you had to think you were having deja vu. After arguably the Bears best and most important defender Pernell McPhee was announced to start the season on the PUP list, you had to be relieved that Floyd just has the green apple quick steps and just needed to hitch a ride to the closest toilet.
Floyd came to camp fighting a bug and wanted to gut it out for the first practice:
I will never understand why it’s the Bears policy to not allow the reports to, you know, report on things of consequence that occur during practice. Not sure why we’re all forced to wait until the head coach addresses the media to get the low down on the first round draft pick’s poop problems. Couldn’t Bears PR just drop that nugget to the media to calm the waters? This isn’t 1985 where the family gathers around the tube to watch the six o’clock news when the story’s been resolved.
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