This is getting ridiculous.
At this morning’s training camp practice at Halas Hall the Chicago Bears will only have nine of their fifteen rostered offensive linemen available, as it was announced that rookie offensive tackle Larry Borom is in concussion protocol.
Borom has been filling in at left tackle with the recent rash of o-line injuries affecting the Bears, and some fans have already penciled him in as the day one starter. While I think the newly svelte Borom has some upside, I also realize he has even less left tackle experience than fellow rookie Teven Jenkins (back), who is the projected starter. The Bears also paid Germain Ifedi (hip flexor) low end starter money, so unless his injury really drags on, he’s the projected starting at right tackle.
Here’s how the Bears first string offensive line is getting started this morning.
- LT - Alex Bars
- LG - Cody Whitehair
- C - Sam Mustipher
- RG - Arlington Hambright
- RT - Lachavious Simmons
Besides those three sidelined Bears mentioned above, the usual right guard James Daniels is still out with a quad injury, swing tackle Elijah Wilkinson is still on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and second year tackle Badara Traore is nursing a knee injury.
Hambright and Simmons, their 7th round picks from a year ago, have been getting plenty of good reps during training camp, as has last year’s UDFA from Yale Dieter Eiselen. I’m curious to see how these three, plus the versatile Bars, all perform once preseason starts.
Bears Friday injury update: OL Lachavious Simmons being evaluated for a concussion. WR Demiere Byrd dealing with a heel injury.— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 6, 2021