In a Small Bit of Good News, Tremaine Edmunds Returned to Bears Practice

It has been a little rough on the injury front lately for the Chicago Bears. Most notably on the offensive line. Because while the unit isn’t quite in tatters just yet, things are looking a bit messy at the moment. But it wasn’t all bad news on the injury front for the Bears, who welcomed Tremaine Edmunds back into the practice fold.

It was Edmunds’ first participation since August 4. And while it came in a limited capacity (h/t the Trib’s Colleen Kane), it had him rocking with full pads (per Mark Grote). All in all, I’ll take it as a win:

Tremaine Edmunds was the Chicago Bears’ marquee free-agent signing of this past offseason. Edmunds signed a four-year deal worth up to $72 million back in March. It came with a whopping $50 million in guarantees. That is a whopping chunk of change. And it comes with the honor and opportunity to become the next great Bears middle linebacker. ESPN’s early projections see great things for Edmonds, projecting a team-leading 152 tackles for the first-year Chicago defender. Envisioning Edmunds collecting 141 solo tackles (which is what ESPN’s forecast sees) is pretty dreamy. With all that in mind, news of Edmunds’ health being in a place where he can practice (albeit in a limited capacity) is good news to me.

In addition to the projected production, Edmunds also brings an attitude shift. After letting up yards and points at a bothersome rate last season, the Bears bolstered their front seven with Edmunds at the heart of it. That group will have five new starters at seven positions. And yet, there is still the business of shaking off last year’s stink. The new guys might not be the reason for what happened in the past, but they’re stuck being responsible for removing that stench. But at least Edmunds is fully embracing the underdog role that comes with said responsibility. And even has a slick metaphor for what it’s like being on a group of upstarts:

“I wanted to go to a team where I could be part of a rebuild. I can be part of turning this thing around. It’s just about knowing there are going to be some thunderstorms sometimes. But you gotta be able to stand through those thunderstorms sometimes long enough to stand through some sunshine one day. Being a part of that and being a big part of that defense and being a big part of that rebuild made me want to be a part of it.”

That’s deep, Tremaine. I dig it.

One more thing on our way out the door. Seeing news that Edmunds’ ramp-up period is beginning is a welcome site. One thing I’m catching onto with Bears Head Coach Matt Eberflus is that when he starts discussing “ramping up” in the summertime means a player is progressing toward making a full return. It hits me now because I remember Eberflus talking that way and using the same terminology about Darnell Mooney (and even today with Lucas Patrick). So, until proven otherwise, I’m taking Edmunds’ participation in practice (no matter the limitations) as a sign that things are on the upswing.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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