Shea McClellin Injury Update: Better Than Expected

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  1. B-ell-y-iot

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    Shea McClellin expected to miss only a few more weeks following surgery on right hand.
    With young linebackers beginning to play well, Bears could have a good problem.

    Shea McClellin was declared “week to week” by Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday and the good news is it shouldn’t be too many weeks for the linebacker to be on the sideline with a broken right hand.
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    McClellin underwent surgery on his right hand earlier this week, according to a source, and the expectation is that he will be back in action soon. The Bears already ruled McClellin out for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field and it will be the second game he has missed since being injured in practice on Sept. 18.

    If all goes well, McClellin will miss just one or two more games before being back in the mix next month. That’s a positive for a team that has been racked by injuries since the Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

    Linebacker Darryl Sharpton, signed Wednesday, is the ninth new player to be added to the 53-man roster since facing the Bills. Sharpton spent the last four seasons with the Houston Texans, playing under Bears linebackers coach Reggie Herring for the last three. He has the ability to be a backup at all three positions and should be able to help on special teams. He’s the second linebacker to be added to the mix after Terrell Manning was promoted from the 53-man roster just prior to Monday’s game at MetLife Stadium.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he's pleased with his offensive line as they prepare to host the Packers on Sunday.

    Jon Bostic, who had been playing middle linebacker in the nickel package, expanded his role to include McClellin’s strong side position in the 27-19 victory over the Jets. He led the team with 14 tackles (seven solos) and had perhaps the best game of his young career. But McClellin, a converted defensive end, played well in the first two games with seven tackles against the Bills and 49ers and a sack of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick.

    It will be a good problem for the Bears to have if the young linebackers continue to improve at a position that had so many question marks throughout the offseason and as the season began. If Bostic continues to play well, it will only raise the competition level, and D.J. Williams is coming off a nine-tackle game against the Jets himself.

    “I like the way that Bostic played in the game,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said Wednesday. “I think we felt good about what he did stepping into that role. And we felt good about the way Shea was playing before he went out."
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    This is some good news along with hearing that Conte and Mundy are expected to play on Sunday.

    I kind of suspected when they weren't saying they were just gonna cast it and let him play that there was more to it than that. I expected him to need surgery on it but apparently it's not that bad. No severe tendon damage like the wrist injury Urlacher had a few years ago.
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    I remember that dislocated wrist for Lach. I thought to myself, doesn't sound so bad. Wrong!! This is good news, as he has been improving steadily every week, and I would be happy to see him back out there, at least in a situational role.
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    Mel, maybe you could ask someone how you were feeling so we would know for sure?
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    Well you could read it two way depending of which word is emphasized, I or think.

    Just to be sure though I suggest he use the "call a friend" option because he's already down to just two choices. We do and We don't.

    Long term I'm not all that worried because Bostic needs to be the guy to replace Briggs. He's the perfect guy for that position. I still have thoughts about moving Shea into the MLB spot next year provided we don't find a top FA or draft a stud MLB. I think by next summer Dante Jones will be looking to start somewhere on that defense and you know DWill won't be back. Briggs is probably still 50/50.
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    And I'm always going to pick the most controversial... lol
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    It is good to see Bostic finally putting some good stuff on film. If we can get all these young guys moving in the right direction it helps us in a big way. Shea is coming up on new contract time so it would be very nice to see if he is going to pan out at the position or if we release him. The only way to know is if he is out there playing.
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    I'm hoping Shea shows enough to stay but not enough to get a good contract. He's good depth as long as he's affordable.
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    It doesn't seem he is going to be the player we all want him to be. The sooner we figure that out the better for the organization. I wish this wasn't the case.
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    Hope spring eternal. I'd like to see Shea with more time at LB before I write him off. Obviously, I am concerned based on previous experience, but somehow, I think he may be ok before it's over.

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