BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) If nothing else, Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan is undaunted.
He had to be helped off the field with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee the last time he played. But eight months later, he’s practicing on a limited basis as he works his way back from an injury that has ruined careers.
”I feel like I’m right where I need to be, even a little bit more,” Trevathan said. ”The plan is to keep easing me into things and keep trying to push toward greatness.”
Greatness is a word rarely used to describe the Bears.
They’re coming off a last-place finish in the NFC North at 3-13 and one of their worst seasons in decades, yet they believe they have the makings of a strong front seven if they stay healthy.
That’s a big ”if,” considering Chicago had 19 players finish last season on injured reserve.
That list included quarterback Jay Cutler and star guard Kyle Long. But the defense wasn’t spared, either.
Besides Trevathan, the Bears lost linebacker Lamarr Houston to a torn ACL in his left knee in the second game. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman was limited to six games and also wound up on IR because of an ankle injury.
Other players shuffled in and out of the lineup because of injuries, such as outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee.
Floyd was slowed by hamstring and calf issues and twice exited games because of concussions, fueling questions about his durability in an otherwise promising rookie season. He also had surgery on both shoulders at Georgia. But after being drafted No. 9 overall in 2016, he had seven sacks and four pass breakups.
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