Bears To Place G Teven Jenkins On IR

AUGUST 30: Bears general manager Ryan Poles said on Wednesday that Jenkins will be placed on IR. He will thus miss at least the first four games of the year, adding to his track record of time spent on the sidelines. Given the six-week timeline for recovery, it comes as little surprise that Jenkins will start the campaign in IR, but his return will be welcomed given his success at guard last season.

AUGUST 22: Jenkins’ absence may last longer than we initially expected. According to Biggs, the offensive lineman could miss up to six weeks, although Matt Eberflus made it clear that the organization is considering the injury a “week-to-week issue.”

AUGUST 21: Much of the Bears’ development on offense in 2023 will depend on the play of their new offensive line. The unit will likely not be at full strength to begin the campaign, however.

Left guard Teven Jenkins is dealing with a leg injury which could cost him time during September, per the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs. That would leave Chicago without an entrenched starter on their offensive front for part of the regular season, and mark another unwanted development in Jenkins’ brief NFL career.

The 2021 second-rounder struggled at both tackle spots as a rookie to the point he was mentioned in trade talks last year. A switch to guard paid dividends, though. Jenkins earned the third-highest PFF grade (80.7) amongst qualifying guards, suggesting he could have a long-term future on the interior. A repeat of last year’s performance would help his standing in the organization and give the team a much-needed mainstay up front.

Chicago made a number of moves aimed at boosting its O-line this offseason, including the selection of right tackle Darnell Wright at No. 10 overall and the signing of Nate Davis in free agency. The latter will remain at his familiar right guard spot in the Windy City, meaning Jenkins will shift over to left guard when healthy. Biggs notes that Jenkins could miss six weeks with this latest ailment, however, one which adds to the list of injuries he has dealt with.

The 25-year-old was limited to six contests as a rookie, and 13 last year. Even with three weeks remaining until the regular season opener, a six-week recovery timeline would involve multiple missed games. The Bears could place Jenkins on IR after their final 53-man roster is set, but doing so would guarantee a four-week absence. Davis has also missed time during training camp, though he has begun a return to action in practice. That should leave Chicago with one guard starter during Week 1, but the team will likely not have its ideal tandem at the position right away.

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