LAKE FOREST — Everything is on the table for the Bears at the left tackle position a week before they play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters Monday that the team is still waiting to see the severity of Jason Peters’ ankle injury, leaving questions of what the Bears will do at the position if Peters can’t play.
“With Jason, we have to see where he’s at and if he’s not able to go, we’ll get together as a staff and see what’s best for us,” Nagy said.
Peters left Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers early when a teammate fell while blocking and landed on Peters’ ankle. Rookie Teven Jenkins came into the game for Peters and took the first offensive snaps of his career after missing much of the regular season following back surgery in August.
Jenkins’ debut featured two holding penalties, two false start penalties and a failed attempt to block Packers pass rusher Preston Smith in the third quarter, which led to a strip sack of Bears quarterback Justin Fields.
While Nagy said there were tough moments for the rookie, he knows that Jenkins can learn from his debut.
“Although we had some holding penalties that he had, a couple things here and there which can be significant, he can learn and grow from that,” Nagy said. “He’s a strong-minded guy. But we’ll work through all the types of scenarios and what’s best.”
Nagy didn’t dismiss a potential shuffling of the offensive line. With a week before his team plays the Vikings, Nagy said that anything was on the table, including potentially moving Larry Borom over to the left tackle spot.
“I think right now all of that’s on the table to be able to figure, get together with (offensive line coach) Juan (Castillo) and talk through,” Nagy said. “We all need to understand or realize that it is different, we know that right, going from one side to the other and then for somebody like Teven who hasn’t played a whole lot as well, there’s some different scenarios that we’ll look into.”
Nagy also announced that defensive back DeAndre-Houston Carson fractured his forearm Sunday night and will need surgery, landing him on the injured reserve list. Defensive back Xavier Crawford is in concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game and Fields has a bruised left hand that Nagy said should be good to go for this week.
Roquan Smith reinjured the same hamstring he hurt against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving and the team will check in with him as the week goes on.
“We’ll keep an eye on it,” Nagy said. “He felt something there, so we wanted to be smart.”
The Bears will fight these different injuries as they head into the final four weeks of the season. While games like Sunday night are frustrating and can take a toll as they continue to happen, Nagy knows that all he and his players can do is keep competing despite the adversity.
“You keep fighting,” Nagy said. “There’s not any quit and that’s all you can do.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle