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Bears' Teven Jenkins Stretchered Off vs. Eagles with Neck Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2022

Chicago Bears' Teven Jenkins is carted off the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The Chicago Bears have ruled out offensive lineman Teven Jenkins for the remainder of Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles with a neck injury.

Jenkins suffered the injury in the first quarter and was carted off the field:

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Medical personnel were able to get Teven Jenkins from his stomach onto his back and onto a backboard (with his neck in a brace as well) after a long stretch of time on the field. He's being carted off with his arms crossed over his chest headed back to the locker room.

Michael Schofield replaced Jenkins at right guard.

The 24-year-old Jenkins is in his second season with the Bears as a second-round pick out of Oklahoma State in the 2021 NFL draft. He's made 12 starts with Chicago, including 10 this year.

His injury added to the challenges of a beat-up Bears offense. Wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown left the game before Jenkins with a concussion, while fellow wideouts Chase Claypool (knee) and N'Keal Harry (knee) are both out Sunday.

The Bears came into Sunday's matchup with the NFL's best team, the 12-1 Eagles, with a 3-10 record. Despite those struggles, it's been an exciting season given the ascendance of second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

The Bears appear to be heading down the stretch as a hobbled team, at least on offense. Losing offensive linemen isn't ideal as the Bears look to keep Fields upright.

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Fields is an elite runner and seems to be at his best when the pocket collapses and the play breaks down. He may need to call upon that skill set even more given the injuries around him.

The hope will be that Jenkins' injury isn't as serious as it appeared.