To hear most folks tell it, you’d think wide receiver Kevin White was the only promising Chicago Bear trying to overcome injuries and finally break through on the field.
Apparently, those guys haven’t been paying attention.
The fortunes of the Bears defense could also very well turn on the recovery and rehab from injuries of a few key players.
Jaye Howard wouldn’t even be here were it not for a serious hip flexor injury he suffered last year as a Chief, causing him to miss the second half of the season.
While Howard was hurt, rookie Chris Jones made a solid enough impression in Kansas City to let the Chiefs make Howard a salary cap casualty a year after they’d handed him a two-year, $12 million contract after a breakout season in 2015.
The Bears were in desperate need of a five-technique to play alongside Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman when they signed Howard, who was available in part because several other teams in need were staying away with uncertainty about the recovery of his hip.
Howard doesn’t believe his hip will be a problem again.
“I’m getting close to 100%,” he told me Thursday and he added, “You know I’m out there being able to work every day with the guys. Yesterday was my first day back on the field so I’m just happy for that and being fortunate enough and blessed to be out there. It’s definitely made me a better player working through that.”
A healthy Howard on the end along with Goldman back in the…
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