(670 The Score) Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins will return to practice Monday, coach Matt Nagy said, opening a 21-day window in which he can be activated from injured reserve.
Jenkins underwent back surgery in August and has spent the time since in the rehabilitation process. Nagy was non-committal when asked how Jenkins would factor in on the team’s offensive line once he gets activated.
“We’re excited to get him out there,” Nagy said.
The Bears selected Jenkins in the second round of the NFL Draft last spring, trading their second- and third-round picks to move up to the No. 39 overall slot. Jenkins worked in portions of the Bears’ non-contact offseason program but didn't take the field for training camp while dealing with lingering back soreness.
The Bears signed veteran Jason Peters in August as a contingency plan at left tackle, where Jenkins was slated to play this season. The 39-year-old Peters has started all nine games at that position, grading out as the Bears’ top offensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jenkins primarily played right tackle at Oklahoma State. The Bears have started four players at right tackle this season, dealing with several injuries at the position.
On Monday, the Bears also designated reserve safety Deon Bush (hamstring) for a return from injured reserve, opening his 21-day window to be activated. The team is “hoping” for the returns of star pass rusher Khalil Mack (foot) and safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring) this week, Nagy said.
The Bears (3-6) host the Ravens (6-3) on Sunday at Soldier Field.
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