The Bears’ offensive line depth took a hit today, as the team placed T.J. Clemmings on IR with a quad injury, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Chicago signed Clemmings back in May with the idea that he could serve as a solid swing tackle, but now the club will have to turn to someone else to fill that role.
The Bears liked Clemmings coming out of college in 2015, though he was ultimately drafted by the division-rival Vikings. He spent the first two years of his career in Minnesota, starting 30 of his 31 games. He was waived prior to the 2017 season and caught on with the Redskins, ultimately appearing in six games (two starts) for Washington. The Redskins waived Clemmings prior to last season, but he was quickly claimed by the Raiders. The 27-year-old appeared in four games for Oakland in 2018 before succumbing to a season-ending knee injury.
Now, a quad ailment to his other leg has ended his 2019 campaign before it could start. Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Chicago says the Pittsburgh product suffered the injury during the Bears’ preseason game against the Colts on Saturday.
The Bears may now turn to UDFA Alex Bars to serve as their primary backup at offensive tackle.
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