Bears reach injury settlement with Matt Blanchard
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Bears Reporter August 27, 2013 3:16PM
Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard throws a pass during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: August 27, 2013 3:16PM
The Bears reached an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard, who suffered a broken knuckle in his left hand in the exhibition against the San Diego Chargers, on Tuesday.
It was an expected move for the Bears with Blanchard working as their No. 3 quarterback. The Bears’ roster is now at 75 players — which it had to be at by 3 p.m. — after Blanchard’s injury settlement. The Bears waived 14 players on Sunday.
The Bears are keen on Blanchard, but if they want to re-sign him, they now have to wait until after Week 10 of the regular season because of the injury settlement. Blanchard, though, can sign with another team once his injury settlement expires.
In other words, while it’s possible Blanchard re-signs with the Bears and ends up on their practice squad, the second-year quarterback from Lake Zurich High School may also end up on another team.
“I think everybody has an idea of how we felt about Matt while he was here,” coach Marc Trestman said. “[It was an] unfortunate incident that happened in the game.”
Would the Bears look to bring back Blanchard if he’s available and healthy?
“I haven’t even thought about that,” Trestman said. “I’m just disappointed he was injured. I really like his progress. I think we resonated that through the times we’ve talked here.
“Really, we’ll see how it goes as we move forward. There are so many variables between now and then.”
Blanchard’s locker already was cleaned out when the locker room was open to the media on Tuesday. His broken knuckle will not require surgery, just some time.
“It’s just frustrating. This is just part of the game,” Blanchard said Monday. “I know everything will work out. I know everything happens for a reason and I truly, truly believe those things. In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor speed bump. I know things moving forward are going to be great. It’s frustrating, but things will work out.”