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Monday, July 29, 2013
Bears: Two significant injuries this morning

By Kevin Seifert

There were two notable injuries Monday morning at the Chicago Bears' training camp practice and both merit further discussion.

First, veteran defensive end Turk McBride was lost for the season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon. I'm not sure that McBride was going to make a team whose defensive end rotation is largely set with Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin, but he was an experienced player who could have stepped up if a member of that trio got injured.

Meanwhile, left tackle Jermon Bushrod strained his right calf and sat out the rest of practice. The injury isn't expected to sideline him long term, but it was serious enough to require a walking boot. Regardless, Bushrod's injury raised the now-relevant question of how the Bears will stack their reserve offensive linemen after reshuffling their starting lineup.

Former left tackle J'Marcus Webb is now working at right tackle, so when Bushrod was injured Monday, the Bears plugged in veteran Jonathan Scott. Leg muscle injuries can take longer to heal for big players, so Bushrod's situation is worth monitoring.