As expected, the injury to Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan is a serious one. Head coach John Fox confirmed today that Trevathan suffered a ruptured patella tendon and will be lost for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Trevathan is the 15th Bear to go on injured reserve this year, and with the other starting inside linebacker, Jerrell Freeman, having 3 games left on his PED suspension, the Bears are suddenly very young at the position.
Rookie Nick Kwiatkoski received the start yesterday in Freeman’s place and 2nd year pro John Timu came in when Trevathan exited the game with his injury.
Other ILBs on the roster are 2nd year player Jonathan Anderson, whom the Bears promoted last week, and 3rd year pro OLB/ILB Christian Jones.
The time frame for Trevathan’s ruptured patella tendon rehab could put the start of his 2017 season in doubt. Meaning a 3rd straight season with a prominent player possibly starting off on the PUP list.
Dr. David Chao of the National Football Post says ”the grueling rehab takes a minimum of 6-9 months; however, the struggle to regain explosiveness and full power goes well beyond that.”
In other Bears’ injury news, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is still in concussion protocol.