Bears’ Shea McClellin has no lingering foot worries
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 9:32PM
Bears end Shea McClellin is able to get away and help on a sack of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the first half of the Chicago Bears 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams Sunday September 23, 2012 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: June 11, 2013 9:47PM
Bears defensive end Shea McClellin wants everyone to know that the plantar fasciitis that first appeared in his right foot four months ago is gone and has been gone for a while.
“It started in February,” McClellin said Tuesday after the first day of mandatory minicamp. “I went in right away to see what it was and just got treatment, and it hasn’t affected anything. So I’m good.”
McClellin, the Bears’ first-round pick in 2012, stressed that the injury didn’t bother him during his rookie season and it hasn’t been a significant issue this offseason.
“I haven’t missed anything, so it hasn’t been affecting me at all,” McClellin said.
Will he have to pay extra attention to his foot moving forward?
“No, I don’t think so,” McClellin said.
Is it completely gone?
“Nothing right now,” he said. “I feel good.”
But it was painful when the plantar fasciitis first appeared. McClellin described it as “needles in the bottom of your feet.” But he said he has “no worries” going forward.
It’s good a thing because more is expected from McClellin in 2013. Look for new Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to be creative with McClellin in blitz and nickel packages this coming season.
McClellin dealt with a knee injury and a concussion last season, finishing with 2.5 sacks and two tackles for loss in 14 games.
“I feel great right now,” McClellin said.
Coach Marc Trestman described the Bears’ decisions to trade offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and waive fullback Evan Rodriguez as “mindful, in good faith and in the best interests of the football team.”
Trading Carimi does give the Bears some additional salary-cap space, while the Bears were clearly disappointed with Rodriguez’s off-the-field legal problems.
“We spend time trying to have a good plan for this as we move forward, and we felt, without a doubt, that it was in the best interests of our team in moving us in the right direction to build a team that’s going to compete for a championship,” Trestman said.
Receiver Devin Aromashodu said having familiarity with quarterback Jay Cutler made signing with the Bears an easy decision for him when deciding among other potential teams.
Aromashodu, who spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, had 34 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns in 24 games with the Bears from 2009-10.
“I’m definitely a little bit more experienced and a little bit more consistent, because that’s something I’ve always tried to work on,” Aromashodu said.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer recently underwent hip surgery and won’t be taking part in on-the-field instructions during minicamp.
◆ Receiver Alshon Jeffery (leg injury) didn’t practice and Brandon Marshall (hip) saw limited action. Trestman said Jeffery “tweaked” his leg running a go-route last week.
◆ The Bears agreed to terms with veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, making a re-signing of longtime Bears lineman Israel Idonije even more unlikely now.
◆ Undrafted rookies Willie Carter (Tulsa) and A.J. Lindeman (Toledo, Waubonsie Valley High) are participating on a tryout basis.