Around the League: Packers Coach Suffers Achilles Injury, McCoy Makes Visits, Out with Oklahoma Drills, More

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Around the League: Packers Coach Suffers Achilles Injury, McCoy Makes Visits, Out with Oklahoma Drills, More

Chicago Bears

It makes me feel good that we’re fewer than 100 days away from the NFL season getting started.

  • Considering the Packers’ injury woes in recent years, this is pretty on-brand:

  • First-year Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur reportedly suffered an Achilles tear while playing basketball at the Lambeau Field practice facility earlier in the week. He’ll have surgery on Sunday and will coach from a cart in the meantime. The NFL has long been a league of attrition with the next-man-up needing to be ready to fill in. But you’d like to think coaches would be immune to this. And since we all want the Bears to beat the Packers at full strength, I would like to take a moment to wish Coach LaFleur a speedy recovery.
  • The Packers and Bears are on Adam Schein’s list of teams who are coming for the Patriots and the No. 1 spot. Green Bay is getting a ton of love after a coaching change and an aggressive offseason in free agency and the draft. I have a feeling these Bears-Packers games are going to be closely contested this year.
  • Elsewhere in the division, the Vikings have been busy on and off the field:

  • Barry Sanders was the player on a Bears rival who I respected (and enjoyed) despite the fact I wanted my team to beat his team’s brains in. So with hat in mind, let’s enjoy some highlights:

  • It would be cool if free agent defensive lineman Gerald McCoy joins a team that doesn’t play the Bears this season:

  • McCoy is good and has been for a long time. The only reason the Buccaneers let him go is because the team had about $2 million in available cap space before the two sides parted ways. McCoy is a menace in the middle of the defense, even when he is the only option. With that in mind, it would be wonderful if he signs with an AFC team that doesn’t play the Bears this coming season. So I’m looking at you Cleveland and Baltimore.
  • It’s never too early to take a look at small-school draft prospects:

  • The Bears didn’t get a look at Carson Wentz during their playoff loss last year, but his time is coming as he heals up from an injury-shortened 2018:

  • An ex-NFL player explains why he’s cool with teams doing away with the fabled Oklahoma drills:

  • And then there’s South Carolina:

  • The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is getting a fresh start in Indianapolis. But before he suits up for a game, he’ll have to serve some hard time in the league’s penalty box. Kelly has been handed a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, according to the Associated Press. The punishment stems from Kelly pleading guilty to a second-degree trespassing charge after being arrested in October. Kelly can participate in offseason training and in the preseason, but he’ll miss some time once the regular season gets underway.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.