Today after practice, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox announced that reserve interior offensive lineman Eric Kush tore his hamstring and will have season ending surgery.
Kush was inked to a two year deal this off season after playing 2016 with the Bears, when he appeared in eight games, while making four starts.
With Kush sidelined, there will be a spot available on the opening day 53 man roster, as Kush was probably set to be the first interior lineman off the bench. He’s played all three interior spots in the past, so this increases the chances that Hroniss Grasu makes the team. Another guard/center that may benefit from the opportunity is Taylor Boggs. Grasu, a center by trade, has been working some at guard this off season, and Boggs, also a center by trade, has some in-game guard experience at his previous stops.
According to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times, the Bears had center Cody Whitehair moving over to get some reps at guard today, with Grasu lining up at center.
Rookie Jordan Morgan and Williams Poehls will also try and capitalize on the opportunity.
Once the Bears officially move Kush to injured reserve, they’ll add another player to the roster. Keep it locked right here for the latest...
Thanks for all the well wishes from @ChicagoBears family. Surgery tmw and helping the Team in other ways this season #beardown !! pic.twitter.com/5p2QJho2i8— Eric Kush (@EricKush64) August 7, 2017