It Looks Like Sam Mustipher Will Remain the Bears' Starting Center

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It Looks Like Sam Mustipher Will Remain the Bears’ Starting Center

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Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy was hinting at possibly making changes along the offensive line for Week 5.

And it was sure seeming like it was a realistic possibility as the team went back to the drawing board after left guard Cody Whitehair was sent to IR with a knee injury. But it doesn’t look like a shakeup is imminent:

Hey, now! Maybe Mustipher had a good Wednesday practice. I mean, if a bad Wednesday practice can keep Teven Jenkins out of the starting lineup and minimize his snap count, then the opposite can be true and a quality showing at practice could lead to starts and playing time. Sigh. I don’t want to come off as someone sounding like replacing Mustipher would unlock this Bears offense. But we’re going on two years of struggling in the middle of the offensive line and a constant point of contention has been Mustipher’s play. Perhaps Mustipher can parlay getting a long leash into a rebound game. That’s all we can hope for at this point. Fresh-off-the-street o-line additions aren’t storming through those doors.

But it’s not as if the Bears won’t have any changes. Things appear to be lining up for Jenkins to get a full-share of the snaps. And, at minimum, a shot back in the starting lineup:

I hate that Jenkins is getting a playing-time boost primarily because of Whitehair’s injury. But this could be the opportunity he needs to assert himself in the trenches. What better way to go about doing that than getting after a division rival?

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Author: Luis Medina

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