Chicago Bears newbie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins will go through back surgery on Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy reported.
Nagy said he trusts Jenkins, whom the Bears traded up to draft 39th overall in the second round, will actually want to return this season.
“It’s a common procedure,” Nagy said. “It’s gonna be done locally. You know we tried to hope to avoid the surgery with him, and we tried several treatments, but the goal is to get him back this season.”
Sources revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Bears trust Jenkins can make it back in November, however there’s a real chance his season is finished.
Jenkins was scheduled to be Chicago’s beginning left tackle, yet the Oklahoma State product has been sidelined with an awful back since camp opened in late July.
The Bears released long-lasting beginning left tackle Charles Leno Jr. in May, apparently making ready for Jenkins to take over the position. The Bears traded their second-round pick as well as their third-and sixth-round selections to the Carolina Panthers while likewise getting a fifth-round pick to select Jenkins, who played both left and right tackle at Oklahoma State.
The Bears have been in scramble mode on the offensive line for weeks, as fellow projected starters James Daniels and Germain Ifedi have additionally been out with wounds. The Bears recently signed veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters, who will seek the beginning left tackle job.
Jenkins’ surgery wasn’t the only injury news to emerge from Chicago on Wednesday. Nagy likewise said newbie quarterback Justin Fields, the team’s first-round pick, won’t practice on Wednesday as a result of a groin injury.
Nagy said he trusts Fields will actually want to play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, however the team will be “smart” in its methodology with their hopeful franchise quarterback.
The Bears are additionally observing a hamstring injury for tight end Cole Kmet, Nagy said.
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