Seeing Khalil Mack in a Chicago Bears uniform isn’t the only thing we’ll need some time to get used to seeing this week:
So Leonard Floyd has the club on his hand. Will have a full week of practice with it before Sunday's game. #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) September 3, 2018
Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is practicing with a club on his fractured right hand ahead of Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Floyd fractured his hand during the team’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos, but the injury was never expected to be one that was going to keep him out for a long time. Instead, Floyd will just have to get used to playing with a protective club on his hand for the time being.
At minimum, getting a week of practice with the club should help the talented pass-rusher get acquainted with his new situation and prepare him for how he can attack despite his limitations. And because it’s a hand injury, Floyd can still be a full participant in practice drills.
Head Coach Matt Nagy has expressed optimism about Floyd playing well despite the club since the news came down and nothing that has happened since has swayed the coach from his position. General Manager Ryan Pace has also shared hopeful thoughts regarding Floyd’s injury, saying the team was “fortunate” when it came to certain aspects of the injury and that he didn’t believe the club was going to be on Floyd’s hand for a long time. If that turns out to be the case, then we could see Floyd without any limitations at some point later in the year.
So sometime down the line, the Bears could have a fully operational defense with a healthy Floyd lined up across the field from Mack. Schwing!