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The Bears’ Leonard Floyd will ditch club on broken hand against the Cardinals

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The third-year outside linebacker is progressing well and will finally have use of some of his fingers in Arizona.

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If you’ve followed the Bears recently, it’s a strange turn of events when they’re actually getting healthier as the season goes along. For a team ravaged by injuries in the previous few years, they’re having rather fortuitous luck thus far in 2018. This is the part where you can knock on wood.

The latest development is that Leonard Floyd - who broke his hand in Week 3 of the preseason against the Broncos - will lose a club he had been playing with and transition to a brace on Sunday against the Cardinals. According to NBC Sports Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz, Floyd met with Bears trainers on Wednesday where it was determined he could lose the brace and get back use of some of his fingers.

From a pass rushing perspective, that’s huge news for Floyd as he won’t be as limited in moves he can deploy on offensive tackles. This isn’t to say that Floyd has been ineffective as a player this year as Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio asks him to do so much all over the field. A sentiment Fangio reiterated on Thursday in seeing how Floyd was able to excel even while limited with his club.

“I think in light of the circumstances that he’s played with, with one hand, he’s done fine,” Fangio said. “To come to any conclusions about his play over the first two games would be not very prudent.”

However, the 26-year-old outside linebacker in Floyd has yet to record a sack for the Bears in two games. Thanks to a return in range and flexibility with his hands again, here’s a hunch that figure changes on Sunday.

Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.