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Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton has hip surgery

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One of the Bears’ more intriguing free agents is recovering from hip surgery.

Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton underwent a hip procedure last week, a Chicago-area hospital announced Sunday.

According to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, who cited the doctor who performed the surgery, Wootton had an arthroscopic procedure on a hip labrum and hip joint.

Wootton, 26, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. The Northwestern product played in all 16 games for Chicago in 2013, starting all but one contest and making starts at left defensive end and defensive tackle in the Bears’ base 4-3 front. He recorded 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season.

In the press release, the hospital said Wootton had coped with the hip issue for the last two seasons. He played in all 32 regular-season games for Chicago in that span, and he was not listed on the injury report in 2013.

“I’m looking forward to being 100 percent recovered from this, to really showcase what I can do,” Wootton said, according to the hospital.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Wootton’s ability to play multiple positions along the line will not hurt his value in free agency. How he checks out medically will be key, and having the surgery now gives him a head start on his recovery.

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5 Responses to “Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton has hip surgery”
  1. bassplucker says: Jan 13, 2014 10:13 PM

    Corey Wootton was just about the only Bears D Lineman that earned his pay this year. Did not know he was playing hurt but I hope he makes a full recovery, re signs with the Bears on cap friendly terms and beasts next year from his natural LDE position after we draft/sign two legit DTs and move Shea McClellin to LB where he should have been all along.

  2. rextraordinaire says: Jan 14, 2014 12:23 AM

    Hope you make a full recovery dude. I’ll be wooton for ya

  3. larryboodry says: Jan 14, 2014 4:42 AM

    I hope he recovers fully and re-signs with the Bears. Even with the hip bothering him he still outplayed almost every other member of that pathetic defense.

  4. icebowler says: Jan 14, 2014 3:46 PM

    He’d make a great DE in the Packer 3-4 defense.

  5. respectgsh says: Jan 14, 2014 5:19 PM

    I hope the Bears resign this guy. He’s a player on the rise who doesn’t complain, goes all out, and puts the needs of the team before his own.

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