Bears lose Patrick Mannelly to rib injury

AP

Every coach wants to look at his depth in the preseason.

But no coach wants to have to resort to certain backups.

The Bears will be without long snapper Patrick Mannelly for the rest of tonight’s game with the Panthers with a rib injury. That leaves linebacker James Anderson to handle the snapping the rest of the night.

Anderson’s a starting linebacker who was a good special teamer earlier in his career, but this is the kind of emergency situation no coach wants to get into, especially with a regular.