The Chicago Bears that appeared in the first half against the New York Giants came out firing and working past pre-game expectations. But with injuries already to Kyle Long, Bobby Massie, and Eddie Goldman coming in, they could ill afford more players being added to that list.
Eventually, the depleted Bears fell 22-16 to New York, but not before losing stalwart guard Josh Sitton, and the promising rookie, Leonard Floyd.
Late in the third quarter, running back Jordan Howard appeared to step on Sitton’s ankle. He would walk off under his own power with a noticeable limp, but would eventually leave the sideline on a cart.
Bears guard Josh Sitton limps off the field. They are now down to two starters on the offensive line.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 20, 2016
Bears guard Josh Sitton leaves the field on a cart and heads to the locker room. Team medical personnel looked at his lower right leg.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 20, 2016
This is the Bears’ third starter on the offensive line lost to injury in as many weeks.
Floyd meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, lowered his head attempting to tackle Giants running back Rashad Jennings. He injured his neck and immediately went to his knees as team doctors and officials tended to him, with both teams’ sidelines looking on concerned.
Floyd needed to be immobilized and carried off on a backboard.
Early word on Bears OLB Leonard Floyd (neck) sounds positive. Hopefully John Fox can provide more details, but that's good.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 20, 2016
Leonard Floyd is at the hospital for further evaluations to his neck. Bears HC John Fox said he has movement and early news is encouraging.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 20, 2016
That diagnosis of movement in further evaluations sounds promising with all things considered as doctors will always err on the side of caution in these situations.
UPDATE: Head coach John Fox confirmed that tight end, Zach Miller, broke his right foot and is out for the rest of the season, after Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had stepped on it late in the first half.
Bears TE Zach Miller broke his right foot, coach John Fox said. That will sideline him for the rest of the season.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 20, 2016
More details on both Floyd and Sitton as they become available.
UPDATE: Floyd was released from the hospital on Sunday evening after clearing all precautionary tests.
Good news: #Bears OLB Leonard Floyd has been released from the hospital and will return with the team to Chicago tonight.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 20, 2016
He will travel home with the Bears tonight.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron and Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.