Injury news regarding the Chicago Bears’ best players has dominated the headlines since this site’s inception, so you know I’m absolutely overjoyed at the opportunity of sharing a positive update for a change:
Bears WR Allen Robinson and OLB Leonard Floyd both participated in certain portions of Wednesday's OTA — the final OTA open to the media.
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) May 30, 2018
Robinson suffered a season-ending ACL tear after just three offensive snaps into the Jaguars’ season-opener last year, so this is the first time he’s been on a playing surface since Week 1 of the 2017 season. But despite missing nearly the entire year, Robinson landed a three-year contract worth up to $42 million from the Bears, who were hoping to secure a bona fide WR1 for quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The recovery process has been a central focus of Robinson’s offseason, dating back to before he was a free agent. Robinson has long believed his ACL injury wasn’t going to be an issue. Even when he was approaching free agency and a certain future with a significant payday, Robinson’s eyes remained on getting healthy and his rehab process while handing other responsibilities to his agent in the process. After signing with the Bears, Robinson told reporters he would be fully cleared for training camp. Recently, Head Coach Matt Nagy declared that Robinson was “ahead of the game” as far as his rehab was concerned – and all of that seems perfectly well-warranted now. And, of course, this is all good news for a Bears offense that could be the NFL’s next great thing.
But as am important, cautionary note, know that Zack Pearson (Scout.com’s Bear Report) tweets that Nagy said the target date for Robinson’s full participation remains training camp.
Still, this s a sight for sore eyes who have spent way too much time watching sub-par Bears wide receivers:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 30, 2018
And then there’s Leonard Floyd, who Nagy said is in a similar situation (maybe even a little ahead) as Robinson. Before you get too concerned about Robinson’s progress lagging behind Floyd’s despite his injury occurring earlier in the season, remember that Floyd didn’t tear his ACL when he suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Detroit Lions last year. And while MCL and PCL damage is still a big deal, an ACL injury would have been more devastating to Floyd, as well as the Bears.
The expectation is that Floyd will be ready to participate at full speed by the start of training camp, according to Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. Floyd’s (healthy) presence and return to the lineup would be a major boost for a defense that finished in the top-10 in scoring defense and yards allowed last season. His return would also be a welcome addition at a position group that is currently full of question marks and unproven talent.
Ah, it feels good to share some good news from the injury front for a change. More, please.