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Jermon Bushrod says calf injury is “nothing crazy”

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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.

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13 Responses to “Jermon Bushrod says calf injury is “nothing crazy””
  1. Bob says: Jul 30, 2013 8:59 AM

    Bushrod is overrated. The Bears will find that out soon enough.

  2. uptjeff says: Jul 30, 2013 9:35 AM

    ^^ I’d say he’s solid, but I agree that he’s overrated. Saints were right to let him go. Bears overpaid.

  3. opietaylor says: Jul 30, 2013 9:40 AM

    My guess is that Bob is a disgruntled NO fan, or a typical pork bay sausage fingered, fat woman loving fan

  4. jazsrt says: Jul 30, 2013 9:47 AM

    Bob says:
    Jul 30, 2013 8:59 AM
    Bushrod is overrated. The Bears will find that out soon enough.

    __________________________________

    Overrated…perhaps.

    But he’s still an upgrade.

  5. greenwhodat26 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:47 AM

    He has been over rated for the last few seasons, but he is still an upgrade over any Bears lineman.

  6. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2013 10:44 AM

    Tough to be rated at all as he sits on the sideline with a calf owie.

  7. ososrule says: Jul 30, 2013 11:27 AM

    It’s funny how you never heard anyone saying he’s overrated before the minor calf injury. why do fans go crazy right before the season starts…anxiety and excited. why does everyone think they know everything until the season starts and their team ends up embarrassing them? sometimes It’s better to think first and remember, its just an internet blog.

  8. freddy4980 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:22 PM

    i find this hilarious.. that Bushrod.. who was rated as the 2nd best LT in football.. has now become completely overrated because he is now on the O line for the Bears… BUT… if he was in NO he would still be a top LT and this wouldn’t be a story…. he will be a tremendous upgrade at LT!!

  9. chi01town says: Jul 30, 2013 2:48 PM

    Trestman needs to slow it down out
    there. Cutler needs the Pro bowl LT
    that Emery went and picked up. Bushrod is one of the main pieces to Cutler’s new offense and his new contract in Chicago

  10. uptjeff says: Jul 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    2nd rated LT in the league? Hahahaha. If you had seen Brees run for his life last year and take several blind side hits throughout the season, you’d understand where we’re coming from. Again, Bushrod is solid, but to say that he’s the 2nd best LT in the league is exactly what we’re talking about — overrated.

  11. larryboodry says: Jul 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    @purpleguy:

    So when Ponder went down with a ‘forearm owie’ last year, and the Heidis lost in the playoffs, was he overrated?

  12. larryboodry says: Jul 30, 2013 6:16 PM

    Personally, I can’t say if he’s overrated or not, having never watched him play regularly…That said, ‘solid’ works for me, ’cause that’s still better than what we had at LT last year.

  13. respectgsh says: Jul 31, 2013 11:10 AM

    If the Bears overpaid for say the 10th best LT in the NFL it
    won’t kill them. Keeping Webb at starting LT would most likely have killed Cutler and any shot at having a legitimate NFL offense. In some cases overpaying is the lesser of 2 evils.

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