Pernell McPhee recovering from knee scope

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Bears General Manager Ryan Pace will wade into free agency for the second time next month and one place where the team could hope for better results this time around is with the health of the players they bring to the roster.

Linebacker Pernell McPhee, safety Antrel Rolle and wide receiver Eddie Royal all dealt with injuries over the course of the season with both Rolle and Royal out of commission for half the season when all was said and done. McPhee only missed two games, but his play definitely suffered as a result of a knee injury that he’s addressed surgically this offseason.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that McPhee had arthroscopic surgery on the knee performed by Dr. James Andrews. McPhee is expected to be fine for training camp, although his availability for offseason work may be compromised by the rehab from the surgery.

McPhee had five sacks and an interceptions during the first seven games of the season, but added one sack and missed two games the rest of the way as the knee injury took its toll on his ability to stay on the field and produce when he was out there. The hope for 2016 will be that the scope set things right and set McPhee up for fuller success in his second year in Chicago.

3 responses to “Pernell McPhee recovering from knee scope

  1. Pretty sure all players mentioned were healthy when they were brought on the roster. Poor choice of words….Now if you would have said younger players who potentially won’t face as many nagging injuries? Well that would have been fine. Pace brought in Rolle and Royal for a locker room presence. He was attempting to fix the fractured locker room and add good team guys to get the team moving in the right direction. Wouldn’t surprise me if one or both are released this offseason. I mean most of the deals he orchestrated were 1 year prove it deals, getting the cap situation under control, and setting up for the next 1-2 years. Now that you have mended the locker room, straightened out the cap, had a full year to get your scouting department in place, and had a full year of “your” scouts being in place to identify talent….It’s Go Time!!! Very excited about the next couple of months. I think Pace is going about it methodically, and hope in the long run, they have found their guy!

  2. Had a fantastic year until week 7 or 8, from that point on he was basically playing on one leg. Could have been in the DPOY running had he stayed healthy all year.

  3. He was a good pickup who gutted out an injury that really sapped his effectiveness the second half of the season. Emery and Trestman gutted that defense of all emotion and toughness and it was great to see him starting to bring some of that back. I’m hoping through this year’s draft and F.A. that Pace can upgrade at least 5 or 6 starting defensive positions including true impact players on the DL, ILB and DB of which the Bears have exactly zero currently.

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