LAKE FOREST – For probably the most part, in contrast to the past few years, the damage bug has stayed away from Halas Corridor in 2018.
Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson lost two games each in the midst of the season as a result of nagging accidents, however they returned with no issues. Kyle Long went to IR about the same time, and whereas that’s major, it hasn’t been widespread in Matt Nagy’s first yr with the franchise.
But the damage bug lastly bit another person this week – and it’s a key contributor to the Bears’ protection.
Bryce Callahan, who has seen nice success in the Bears’ nickel protection this season, is headed to injured reserve and could have surgery on his left foot. While Nagy wasn’t prepared to say it instantly, he did acknowledge that the cornerback is likely lost for the season.
“We’re appreciative of how arduous he’s performed for us all yr,” stated Nagy of Callahan. “It’s a troublesome deal for him.”
It is for the Bears’ defense as nicely, contemplating his robust contributions to the protection in the group’s nickel defense. In his fourth season with the staff, he’s shown the power to make plays both in the secondary and within the offensive backfield, netting two sacks along with a pair of interceptions six move-breakups.
So now Vic Fangio will plug in Sherrick McManis into the lineup in Callahan’s place. The only holdover from each the Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman era of the workforce, McManis has 19 tackles on the season with an interception towards the Cardinals in Week three.
“Simply doing my job, ‘next man up’ mentality,” stated McManis of changing Callahan. “Bryce, I wish he didn’t get harm, however that’s the game typically. So I’ll do my greatest I can, and go out there and have some fun.”
Identical to Callahan did during a profitable season that ends a bit sooner than he or his staff would have appreciated.