|08-03-2013, 03:08 PM||#1|
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Bears OT Jermon Bushrod Sheds Walking Boot, Return Uncertain
Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod shed the walking boot covering his strained right calf on Friday, but how the team proceeds remains "a day-by-day" process, he said.
"I'm coming along," Bushrod told Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago. "As you can see, I'm out of the boot, which is a good step, a step forward. I'm trying to get back as soon as I can, but I don't want to mess it up anymore."
Considering Bushrod is recovering from the first calf injury he's sustained over a six-year career in the NFL, his status for the Aug. 9 preseason opener at Carolina remains in question. The team prefers to take a cautious approach regarding Bushrod's return to minimize the risk of a setback.
Bushrod said "it'd be nice" to play in the exhibition opener "to get out there and put some of this hard work we've been doing out there against another opponent." At this point, however, the chances for that seem remote.
After all, the regular-season opener against the Bengals is approximately a month away, and although the club needs Bushrod back in the fray to speed along the offensive line's bid at gaining cohesion, itís unnecessary to risk further injury to a $35.9 million investment before it's time to play games that actually count.
"I do not want to get (the injured calf) to the point where I'm out even longer. The training room and I, we're taking it day-by-day," Bushrod said. "It's going pretty good. There are no complaints. I've never had an injury like this before, so I don't want to push it to the point where I'm out a few more weeks. I want to take it day-by-day. That's all I've got to do."
Source: The Redzone
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