Bears place Brian de la Puente on injured reserve

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Among the many problems that have plagued the Bears this season is an inability to keep the same offensive line together for long stretches because of injuries.

Left tackle Jermon Bushrod has missed two games, left guard Matt Slauson is on injured reserve, center Roberto Garza has missed four games and right tackle Jordan Mills has been out the last two games, leaving right guard Kyle Long as the only player to start every game. More shuffling is coming.

Brian de la Puente, who played center when Garza was out and has been at left guard for the last two weeks, is headed to injured reserve because of an ankle injury. Michael Ola, who has been filling in for Mills, is expected to step in for de la Puente with Mills on track to return to the lineup against the Lions on Thursday.

The Bears signed de la Puente before the start of this season and he can become a free agent next year if the Bears don’t re-sign him before the market opens.

Defensive tackle Brandon Dunn has been promoted from the practice squad to bring the roster back to 53 players.

10 responses to “Bears place Brian de la Puente on injured reserve

  1. After making huge strides last year, the Bears OL is back to pretty much crap this year and the offense – particularly the air attack – has suffered big-time because of it. Many injuries, I realize, plus guys like Ola starting who should really be reserves as well as Garza who may be a year past his peak by now.

    The bottom line is that Emery will need to spare at least a couple of draft picks for OL next spring, which is bad news considering how much good young talent their defense still lacks as well.

  2. Does this put Cutler into jerk-face mode early on Thursday? They could help out my Packers by pulling the upset tomorrow, but I don’t have a lot of faith in that happening.

  3. Keen eyed observers will know that BDLP has saved our bacon more than once this year. We’re going to be very uncomfortable not having him to back up the O Line.

  4. Jordan Mills is the wildcard in the equation. He was looking like a steal of a 5th round draft pick last year, starting (and playing well) at RT. Then he got hurt, and he has not been the same this year – in fact he’s been pretty awful – causing people to wonder if he’s really all the way back.

    He’s only 23 so he may have a lot of good football left in him if he can regain his health… but it still wouldn’t surprise me to see the Bears hedge their bets at RT if a really good value fell to them in the draft. Trestman’s offense goes nowhere without good pass protection and this year, there hasn’t been much of it.

  5. All Phil Emery has to do is find a couple more Kyle Longs in next spring’s draft and it’s problem solved. :-/

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