Knee surgery knocks Manumaleuna out of minicamp

Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen says that after some initial apprehension, he feels confident about his role in new coordinator Mike Marz’s offense. That’s especially good news for the Bears because the tight end who already knows his role in Martz’s offense, Brandon Manumaleuna, is sidelined at the moment.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Manumaleuna, who previously played for Martz in St. Louis and was signed by the Bears on the first day of free agency, is sidelined during this weekend’s minicamp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Manumaleuna is expected to be at full speed at the start of training camp in August, but it’s not yet known whether he’ll be able to participate in any voluntary activities before then.

With Manumaleuna out, Olsen and Desmond Clark are getting plenty of reps at tight end, and Biggs reports that Olsen was also lined up in the backfield at times in Friday morning’s practice.

13 responses to “Knee surgery knocks Manumaleuna out of minicamp

  1. Dr. Dorite’s Painless Procedures!
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  2. @Hatten
    You’re way off base by saying that Clark doesn’t know how to block. Granted, he is starting to get a little older, but he’s been one of the most well-rounded TE’s in the league over the past 7-8 years. Do some research before spewing your garbage.

  3. Let me guess, he was riding his bicycle drunk fell off & hurt his knee? He is drunk!

  4. @grizzlot
    maybe Clark knows how to block, maybe he’s “well-rounded”, but seems to me that Cutler was running for is his life, chucking the ball all over the f-ing field last year because he had no protection, someone on that team needs to learn to block! If they didn’t, why the new O-line coach? Why sign Manumaleuna who had 5 receptions last year and 110 over a 9, NINE!, year career? Why? because someone needs to block! Clark might be guilty by association, but guilty nonetheless

  5. Chicago tried to win last year with their leading receiver being a tight end. Great. Anybody knows that is ridiculous.
    Keep track of wins and losses when Manumaleuna and Olson play. The Bears will win more games with Manumaleuna. Will Olson be happy? Who cares?

  6. @ Hatten
    Clark was out for the first 2/3rds of the season. When he came back, the offensive line suddenly got better. Cutler spent much less time running for his life and leveled out his TD/INT ratio.
    I still don’t understand how Cutler and Olsen are still friends…and why the hell is he lined up in the backfield??

  7. Didn’t you just sign this guy? Well at least you didn’t back up the Brinks Trauck for him. Brandon Marshall on the other hand???

  8. msnyder275 says:
    May 21, 2010 3:56 PM
    @ Hatten
    Clark was out for the first 2/3rds of the season. When he came back, the offensive line suddenly got better. Cutler spent much less time running for his life and leveled out his TD/INT ratio.
    I still don’t understand how Cutler and Olsen are still friends…and why the hell is he lined up in the backfield??
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    Spot on. Especially the last line.
    I get it. I know Martz’s offense puts a TE back there frequently. But not this guy. Split him out wide or in the slot and put him into a route. Put a FB or at least Clark in the backfield. Olsen’s too lanky and not a good enough blocker for that role.

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