The Rest of the Wounded
Chicago has had some players that have either played hurt missing little to no time or just recently got some guys back that they had been waiting on.
Pernell McPhee was activated from the physically unable to perform list three weeks ago and has slowly started working himself into games. McPhee is the Bear’s leader on defense (and perhaps the team’s leader) and his side of the ball does better when he is in the lineup. If he can come back completely from the knee injury that has held him back for the better part of two seasons things could get better in Chicago.
Cornerback Tracy Porter has been suffering from knee issues off and on this season and seems to be on the injury report consistently. He is still one of best players on the team and could arguably be considered their best player in the secondary. His health is key to keeping at least one side of the defensive secondary stable. Keep an eye on that knee as it’s one of the more important injuries on the team.
Leonard Floyd had been highly touted coming out of the draft and was to be a key component of the Bears defense this year. He was sidelined for a short period of time with a leg injury but came back strong and had good games against the Packers, Vikings and Tampa Bay. He has struggled to stay healthy (see his time in training camp and the preseason) but if he can stay healthy, he could finish this season strong.
Not to be forgotten, Chicago did lose Lamar Houston to a knee injury and he is on injured reserve. It will be interesting to see what the Bears decide to do about Houston this offseason. And we mentioned Kevin White who will most likely not be back this season.
There have been some additional players that have suffered injuries this season. There has been some time missed by some while other players just show up on the injury report week in and week out. Some of those guys just keep playing.
That’s the life of a football player and a member of the Chicago Bears this season.