The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that defensive end Turk McBride was lost for the season after suffering a ruptured achilles’ tendon in practice.
The 28-year old Tennessee product was carted off the field. He’s the first Bears player to suffer a serious injury in training camp.
McBride signed a one-year, $715,000 deal with the Bears on March 20. He was brought in to serve as a pass rusher in the nickel package.
The six-year pro spent his first two NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before having short stints with the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints. He started 24 games recording 73 tackles, 9.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in that span.
His versatility ultimately led to the departure of veteran Israel Idonije, who signed a one-year, $905,000 deal with the Lions on June 25.
The Bears added two other young defensive lineman this off-season in Kyle Moore and Cornelius Washington. They still have plenty of depth on the line with Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton penciled in as starters and Shea McClellin serving as the top reserve.
At times during practices Peppers and McClellin have lined up at end, while Wootton has been moved inside. That was something the Bears did often with versatile lineman Israel Idonije the past couple of seasons.
Moore was signed to a one-year, $715,000 deal on April 9, while Washington was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Moore has 14 starts, 36 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 23 quarterback pressures under his belt. He was ranked as the 25th defensive end (4-3 formation) by ProFootballFocus.com last season. He had knee surgery this past January, but should get a chance to earn some playing time in the defensive end rotation.
Washington has a chance to earn some snaps as well this season with McBride out for the season. He made 25 starts, 76 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 63 quarterback pressures in his four seasons at the University of Georgia.
Moore and Washington should be able to pressure quarterbacks considering their speed off the edge in sub-packages.
Another young guy to pay attention to is Cheta Ozougwu. He appeared in one game last season making three tackles after a great preseason. He could earn his way onto the team once again with another impressive preseason.