LAKE FOREST, Illinois – Chicago Bears offensive attack Teven Jenkins returned to training camp Saturday after missing seven consecutive training sessions with an undisclosed injury.
Jenkins, who is in the momentum phase, only participated in the individual exercises. The second-year lineman did not reveal details of his injury, including whether he was injured during the team’s first training session on July 27, or is still struggling with back problems after undergoing off-season surgery and what he is currently recovering from, but judged he should be in 100% full health in “a few days”.
“I feel really good and I don’t feel any discomfort right now, so it’s really good,” said Jenkins after completing Saturday’s practice session. “If I had to give myself a percentage, probably around 90%, and it would just be to get my body back to feeling like football, go back to that 100%” this is football “and get ready to play.”
Jenkins said he had been in the training room for the past nine days and that his extended absence was intended to “improve my health”.
His absence was particularly noticeable at the Halas Hall amidst the trade rumors about the second round selection. Earlier this week, Jenkins replied to a Twitter fan concerned about his whereabouts to “not believe everything you read” in light of reports of mutual dissatisfaction between the player and the series.
“Only one thing, mostly I was clashing with the coaches,” Jenkins said. “It was completely untrue and I just wanted to tell everyone that you don’t have to believe everything someone says. It’s just the way it is.
For the first week and a half of training, coach Matt Eberflus refused to comment on the details of Jenkins’ absence and classified the equipment as “everyday”. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Friday that Jenkins was present at the team’s meetings and “everything.”
Both Getsy and Eberflus maintain that Jenkins is competing for a starting spot on the offensive line and passed the message on to the lineman.
Really like everyone else: “Get out and compete. Everything is open. Take a dip, ”said Eberflus. “As we said, he was great at the meetings. He was very careful. He drew attention. He went back for his walks, watching the plays and understanding his role and the arts. So he was good. “
Jenkins was named 39th overall in 2021 by former Bears CEO Ryan Pace. After undergoing spine surgery prior to his rookie season, Jenkins was limited to 157 left-tackle snaps last season.
Jenkins said he believed in the Bears organization and expected him to be with the team during the regular season. “To me, I’m the loyal type of guy myself,” said Jenkins. “The Chicago Bears recruited me, so I’ll stay with the Chicago Bears until he is.”
Jenkins was replaced in left tackle by fifth round rookie Braxton Jones at OTA and was transferred to right tackle with second team. On the first day of training camp, Jenkins performed the repetitions as waving and said he was ready to investigate the movement on the watch.
“I want to play wherever they want,” said Jenkins. “I want to be here in Chicago, so I play where they need me.”
Jenkins’ return came on the day Chicago ended its ninth training camp with three of the top four receivers.
N’Keal Harry injured his left ankle / foot during the first game of the team exercise and had to be supported by his teammates and coaches.
“I just saw him come down,” said Eberflus. “I’ve seen the play and don’t really know much from that point on. Of course we are going to do an evaluation and then when I understand that we can return it to you. And if it’s a longer situation, we’ll let you know what it is. If it’s day after day, we’ll say it too.
Byron Pringle and rookie Velus Jones Jr. also did not participate on Saturday. According to Eberflus Pringle, one of the Bears best players as a free agent has a quadruple injury and no return schedule, although the team is optimistic that the injury will not stop him in the regular season.
– Not. I do not think so. I don’t think so, said Eberflus. “It takes more than overnight so that’s all I can say but there’s no real schedule for returning. But we hope this is a good situation for us. “
Jones Jr. he is “on a daily basis,” according to Eberflus, who responded to concerns about public reach after not having three players in line for the second and third roles.
“Yes, you always worry about that,” said Eberflus. “You know, at camp, when you have that 90-person list and guys come down with soft materials or whatever it may be, you blame the other guys. And these others have the opportunity. They have more repetitions, so you need to keep that in mind. And we were. We are aware of this.