LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears on Wednesday placed veteran guard Cody Whitehair on injured reserve and designated receiver N'Keal Harry for a return.
Whitehair suffered a knee injury during the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Lucas Patrick moved into his place at left guard, while Teven Jenkins took on the full-time role at right guard after the switch. Patrick and Jenkins had been rotating at right guard before Whitehair's injury.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus indicated the offensive line will remain in that same configuration without Whitehair, whom the team hopes can return this season. He will be required to miss a minimum of four games on injured reserve.
“The guy started 99 games and has missed two during that career, so you talk about tough,” Eberflus said. “And a guy that really shows Chicago Bear toughness. That’s Cody Whitehair.”
Harry suffered an ankle injury during a training camp practice on Aug. 6 at Halas Hall. The Bears have now opened a 21-day window for him to be activated off injured reserve.
Harry had 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns over 33 games in three seasons with the Patriots, who dealt him to the Bears in July for a seventh-round pick.
The Bears (2-2) visit the Vikings (3-1) on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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