Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has suffered another setback at the outset of his career with the Chicago Bears:
Matt Nagy says that Aaron Lynch suffered a hamstring injury during yesterday’s practice and wasn’t on the field today. #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) July 21, 2018
Lynch suffered a hamstring injury at the end of the Bears’ offseason training program, but Head Coach Matt Nagy assured reporters that Lynch would be ready to roll when training camp started up in July. So for Lynch to have a second hamstring injury (not to mention a left ankle injury suffered during an April minicamp) is concerning and could be problematic for a defense that needs production from its pass-rushing linebackers.
Chicago signed Lynch to a one-year “prove it” deal back in March hoping to bolster the team’s group of outside linebackers and possibly start across from Leonard Floyd. The signing reunited Lynch with Vic Fangio, who was his defensive coordinator as a rookie when he picked up six sacks in 16 games back in 2014. Even after Fangio left San Francisco, Lynch still excelled while playing in a 3-4 defense as he picked up 6.5 sacks and started 13 games in 2015. But Lynch has played in just 14 games since the start of the 2016 season. A new crop of injuries to start his Bears career isn’t going to help matters.
Right guard Kyle Long, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, and tight end Daniel Brown were also sidelined for Saturday’s practice. Trevathan has been troubled with a hamstring injury that recently came up, while the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane tweets Long’s day off on Saturday was scheduled. We’ll see if any of these players will hit the field on Sunday for the first padded practice this summer.