Alex Leatherwood on non-football illness list, out at least four weeks

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Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was inactive for the Bears’ season opener and he won’t be playing in the next four games either.

Bears head coach Matt Eberflus announced at a Wednesday press conference that Leatherwood has been placed on the non-football illness list. He will not be eligible to play in the next four games and Eberflus told reporters that the team expects him back this season.

Leatherwood was a Raiders first-round pick last year and started all 18 games Vegas played during his rookie season, but didn’t play well and he was cut as part of the new regime in Vegas’ bid to remake their roster.

Eberflus said the Bears will be signing Michael Schofield to take Leatherwood’s roster spot. The veteran has experience at guard and tackle and was one of the team’s final cuts this summer.

UPDATE 2:07 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Leatherwood has been diagnosed with mononucleosis.

10 responses to “Alex Leatherwood on non-football illness list, out at least four weeks

  1. “Leatherwood was a Raiders first-round pick last year and started all 17 games at right tackle as a rookie”

    The Raiders continue to be horrible at drafting.

  2. “Leatherwood was a Raiders first-round pick last year and started all 17 games at right tackle as a rookie”

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    Actually he started 4 games at RT and 13 (plus a playoff game) at RG

  3. Seems like Bears want him for next year. I’m thinking they want to to take Whitehairs spot and move whitehair to center or cut him. They think they have something in him because we all know Schofield can play well enough to have had a free agent market and they chose Whitehair. I doubt he sick, they probably think he’ll get poached from the practice squad which also means they think they have something.

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