Bears OT Jordan Mills reveals he broke foot before season finale
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter May 6, 2014 9:42PM
This is a 2013 photo of Jordan Mills of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. This image reflects the Chicago Bears active roster as of Thursday, May 9, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
Updated: June 8, 2014 6:31AM
Offensive tackle Jordan Mills was warming up before the Bears’ season finale against the Green Bay Packers when he felt a pop in his left foot. His fifth metatarsal broke before he even put on pads.
‘‘My adrenaline was pumping — pivotal game for going to the playoffs — so I wasn’t really paying attention to it,’’ he said Tuesday, revealing the story for the first time. ‘‘But when I went on the field . . . I couldn’t walk on it.’’
Mills played the first drive before being replaced by Eben Britton.
‘‘I was in the locker room just losing my mind with the fact that I wasn’t out there with my brothers,’’ he said.
Mills said he had surgery Jan. 3 and should return to full speed by the time organized team activities begin this month.
Mills was one of two Bears, along with former quarterback Josh McCown, to be given the team’s Brian Piccolo Award at Halas Hall. Voted on by players, the award recognizes those who share the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Bears running back.
Long stands up
Guard Kyle Long spent Saturday supporting 9-year-old Andrew Oyston of Huntley, who had been bullied.
Contacted via Twitter by Andrew’s father, Long went to Chuck E. Cheese’s and to the family’s home. He said there was no place for bullying, which ‘‘goes on a lot more often than it should.’’
‘‘I was lucky enough to have an older brother that I could home to and could spill all my emotions and everything to, and he had my back,’’ Long said. ‘‘Hopefully, I could serve in that type of role for Andrew.’’