Bears OT Jermon Bushrod in walking boot, downplays hurt calf
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org July 29, 2013 9:30PM
Updated: July 29, 2013 11:16PM
BOURBONNAIS — Left tackle Jermon Bushrod said the right calf injury that forced him to miss practice Monday was ‘‘nothing crazy.’’ But any calf injury bears watching.
Bushrod, the Bears’ key acquisition in free agency, was hurt during warmups and was in a walking boot later in the day. He said he was not scheduled for an MRI exam and officially is ‘‘day-to-day.’’
‘‘We just want to see how it’s feeling,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s nothing crazy. Just got to rest it and do what I can do to get back out there.’’
He said he thought about continuing after he felt discomfort but didn’t want to risk it.
‘‘I didn’t want to make it any worse. I need my calf,’’ he said. ‘‘So I didn’t want to push it too much. It’ll be OK.’’
McBride out for year
The hope was that Turk McBride could help the Bears as much as he has hurt them. But the former Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints defensive end won’t get the chance.
McBride, who had a sack and a forced fumble against Jay Cutler and the Bears the last three times he faced them, ruptured his right Achilles tendon early in practice and is out for the season. A six-year veteran, McBride was battling for a back-end roster spot.
‘‘We’re real sad. That’s a tough one,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He has worked so hard, probably as high-effort a guy as we have on the team on a daily basis. We’re really disappointed for him.’’
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who had offseason hip surgery, was rested Monday to give him consecutive days off. The Bears don’t practice again until Wednesday.
Defensive end Cheta Ozougwu missed practice with a hamstring injury and is day-to-day.
Scott steps in
Jonathan Scott, who has started 35 games in his six-year career, including seven at right tackle for the Bears last year, replaced Bushrod at left tackle in practice.
Scott, the backup to J’Marcus Webb at right tackle, said it wasn’t a hard transition to the left side.
‘‘I played left tackle and right tackle throughout my career, throughout college [at Texas],’’ he said. ‘‘That’s one thing the good Lord has blessed me with, the ability to be ambidextrous and be able to play both.’’
Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic, the Bears’ second-round draft pick, has ‘‘a long way to go’’ but has the demeanor and ability to get there, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said.
‘‘He’s steady. He’s solid,’’ Tucker said. ‘‘He doesn’t get rattled. He’s super smart, and he really wants to be good. He’s got a lot of work to do, and he’s getting better every day, so I really like him. I’m really gald we have him. He has a chance to be superb, but it’s a work in progress.’’