Bears defensive end Shea McClellin battling plantar fasciitis

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Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin has been battling a nagging foot injury throughout the offseason.

According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, McClellin is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. It hasn’t kept him from being able to participate in workouts with the team and McClellin is expected to participate in the Bears’ mini-camp this week.

McClellin has been dealing with the effects of the injury since February though it hasn’t kept him off the field. It’s just the latest injury for the Bears 2012 first round draft pick. McClellin suffered a knee injury and a concussion during his rookie season. He appeared in 14 games last year and recorded seven tackles and 2.5 sacks in limited playing time.

With the injury not severe enough to effect McClellin’s availability over the offseason, it seems unlikely to keep him from being ready for the start of training camp next month. However, Julius Peppers was forced to deal with the same injury last season and had to manage it throughout the year. McClellin will likely have to do the same in order to assure he’ll be ready to play on Sundays.