The Bears entered the offseason with a serious need to upgrade their offensive line, leading them to sign Jermon Bushrod away from the Saints to man left tackle this season.
Bushrod is definitely better than what the Bears had before, but that doesn’t do them much good if Bushrod isn’t able to get on the field because he’s injured. That made his absence from Monday’s practice and the walking boot on his right leg quite noticeable, although the tackle said that the calf injury that led to both developments wasn’t causing him much worry.
“We just want to see how it’s feeling,” Bushrod said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s nothing crazy. Just got to rest it and do what I can do to get back out there. I didn’t want to make it any worse. I need my calf. So I didn’t want to push it too much. It’ll be OK.”
There’s no MRI scheduled, which suggests the Bears medical staff has a similar level of confidence that Bushrod’s calf injury is a minor one that should resolve itself quickly. Anything other than that would leave the team with Jonathan Scott or J’Marcus Webb (currently at right tackle) manning Jay Cutler’s blindside and that would feel a little to close to last season for anyone’s comfort.