OT - CHI
This Week Outlook
Bears OL Teven Jenkins practiced on Monday for the first time since he underwent back surgery this past August.
Jenkins' presence is a welcome sight for a Bears offensive line that will most likely have some turnover this upcoming offseason. His return should only help Justin Fields and company.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bears HC Matt Nagy informed the media that LT Teven Jenkins, selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, will undergo back surgery, but the Bears "hope to have him back this season".
Considering the draft capital the Bears invested in Jenkins and the already shaky state of their offensive line this is not the ideal situation for the team or the unit as a whole. In part, this sheds light on the recent signing of veteran OL Jason Peters which was probably done as a way to soften the blow of Jenkins' absence. The fact that there is no definitive time line on a return for Jenkins also means that it's possible the rookie doesn't play in 2021 at all. If that is the case this would be a big hit for the Bears as they were relying on Jenkins to be an immediate contributor and somebody who could protect the blind side of future franchise QB Justin Fields whenever he takes over the job for the Bears.