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Harvey Unga leaves Bears for personal reasons

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Bears running back Harvey Unga has left the team to attend to a personal matter.

It’s the second time in training camp that Unga has left the team, and there’s no word on what’s going on or when (or if) he’ll be back.

The Bears took Unga with a seventh-round pick in last year’s supplemental draft, which he entered after leaving BYU over a violation of the school’s honor code. He ended up missing the entire season after suffering a hamstring injury in August.

Whether he returns from his personal issue quickly or not, it’s hard to see how Unga could make the team. Unga is far behind Matt Forte, Marion Barber and Chester Taylor on the Bears’ running back depth chart, and if the Bears decide to keep one of their young running backs, it would be Kahlil Bell, who looked much better than Unga in the Bears’ preseason opener.

And so, at a time when this year’s supplemental draft is a major topic of conversation in the football world, a player from last year’s supplemental draft appears close to proving himself to be a wasted pick.

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8 Responses to “Harvey Unga leaves Bears for personal reasons”
  1. akulabug says: Aug 19, 2011 9:19 AM

    Does him leaving in anyway match up to the times that someone shows up with a cup for him to pee in??

  2. rockinron2 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:24 AM

    Eh, how many 7th round picks wind up making the team anyway? They took a flier and it didn’t work out. Much more worried when top 3 round picks don’t pan out. See all the former 1st round picks the Bears have been scooping up this year.

    Although the 7th round pick the Bears made last year is now their starting left tackle.

  3. tatum064 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    rockinron2 says:
    Aug 19, 2011 9:24 AM
    Eh, how many 7th round picks wind up making the team anyway? They took a flier and it didn’t work out. Much more worried when top 3 round picks don’t pan out. See all the former 1st round picks the Bears have been scooping up this year.

    Marques Colston was a 7th round pick, brainiac…not to mention numerous Pro Bowlers who werent even drafted.

    That being said, if he violated BYU’s honor code, it could be anything from “love child” and some money to give mommy or family issues regarding relatives in trouble.

    Incidentally, the BYU honor code? You guessed it PRE-MARITAL SEX

  4. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Aug 19, 2011 10:12 AM

    Thus robbing NFL writers from ever using the headline “Unga Cowabunga”

  5. rockinron2 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:12 AM

    tatum064 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    rockinron2 says:
    Aug 19, 2011 9:24 AM
    Eh, how many 7th round picks wind up making the team anyway? They took a flier and it didn’t work out. Much more worried when top 3 round picks don’t pan out. See all the former 1st round picks the Bears have been scooping up this year.

    Marques Colston was a 7th round pick, brainiac…not to mention numerous Pro Bowlers who werent even drafted.

    ——
    Let’s resort to name calling. I said how many, not that none of them did. One example doesn’t prove a point. I would guess less than 20% of 7th round picks are on the team after 2-3 years. If you want to do the research to prove it wrong, go ahead. But saying Joe Blow made the team means nothing. 1 out of 32 is 3%. Find 6 more and you hit 20%.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Aug 19, 2011 10:21 AM

    Hopefully that ‘personal issue’ doesn’t involve getting arrested.

  7. username54 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:55 AM

    Unga missed some camp earlier due to his wife having a baby. I supsect that the reason he is missing now is due to some illness / complication with the baby. His absence is excused and I personally hope there is nothing too badly wrong.

    Probably easier for losers to post snarky emails about the circumstances surrounding a poorly child. Well played boys, hope you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  8. darthhitman says: Aug 19, 2011 11:38 AM

    tatum064 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    rockinron2 says:
    Aug 19, 2011 9:24 AM
    Eh, how many 7th round picks wind up making the team anyway? They took a flier and it didn’t work out. Much more worried when top 3 round picks don’t pan out. See all the former 1st round picks the Bears have been scooping up this year.

    Marques Colston was a 7th round pick, brainiac…not to mention numerous Pro Bowlers who werent even drafted.

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    Sure “braniac”, ’cause 7th rounders are known and are expected to become great right? People like Colston are the exception, NOT the rule…braniac

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