Center Lucas Patrick left training camp practice with an injury
With the way the position groups are spread across the Halas Hall training grounds, it’s impossible to see everything.
So, I freaked out a bit when I saw this push notification while I was staring at the Bears defense:
In a double whammy, OC Luke Getsy told reporters (by Zack Pearson) that he did not see what happened with the apparent injury.
Seriously, it’s impossible to rate *EVERYTHING* even when you’re doing your best.
In any case, Jason Lieser (Sun-Times) reports that it is a thumb injury. Ouch. No details on severity. However, that this put him out of practice is not ideal. Hopefully this was more of a precautionary measure than anything else. In a world of fair football, Patrick’s hand injury does not prevent him from staying long. If so, the Bears should quickly contact free agent JC Tretter. Especially in the wake of this news from the Bucs camp:
In case the Bears don’t end up turning to Tretter (who would be a sensible addition even if everyone on the line was healthy), it’s worth noting that Day 3 rookie Doug Kramer, replaces in the center with Patrick absent. from the range. Given Sam Mustipher’s experience as a pro, it’s telling that a sixth-round rookie was named as the second center. There was a dubious snap, but Kramer otherwise held down the fort while working alongside Braxton Jones (LT), Cody Whitehair (LG), Mustipher (RG) and Larry Borom (RT).
Free agent players don’t shoot for side injuries, but everyone knows they’re inevitable. As a result, we see veterans sitting around at the start of camp waiting for a situation that works best for them. We may soon see Tretter’s name fall into the rumor mill after today’s news.