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Shea McClellin Injury: Updates on Bears LB's Hand and Return

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2014

This is a 2014 photo of Shea McClellin of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. This image reflects the Chicago Bears active roster as of Monday, June 16, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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Updates from Sunday, Oct. 19 

Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times provides an update on Shea McClellin's Week 7 status:

Adam Jahns @adamjahns

#Bears starting LBs: McClellin, Williams and Greene.

Updates from Friday, Oct. 17

WGN's Adam Hoge has the latest on McLellin:

Adam Hoge @AdamHoge

Bushrod, McClellin, McManis are probable.

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15 

Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times provides an update on Shea McClellin's injury: 

Bears linebacker Shea McClellin practiced for the first time Wednesday since breaking his right hand during practice on Sept. 17.

And it’s “about time,” McClellin said. “It felt too long. Overall, I felt good. I’ll continue to sit out and talk to the doctors and see where I’m at.”

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McClellin is wearing a hard, removable cast when he plays and said it shouldn’t be a problem.

“I wore one before in college,” McClellin said. “This one is not quite as bad as the other one. It’s not quite as big. I have more movement.”

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12

The Bears announced Shea McClellin will not play in Week 6:

Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears

#Bears inactives: 4 LBs: Briggs (ribs), Bostic (back), McClellin (hand), Williams (neck). Also Bushrod (knee), McManis (quad), Dixon (ham.)

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 2

Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune passed along comments from Marc Trestman on Shea McClellin's status for Week 5:

Rich Campbell @Rich_Campbell

Trestman: Bears LB Shea McClellin (fractured right hand) will not play vs. the Panthers.

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28

The Bears announced Shea McClellin's status for Week 4:

Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears

#Bears inactives: McManis (quad), McClellin (hand), Garza & Slauson (ankle), Allen (illness), Ratliff (concussion), C. Leno Jr. #GBvsCHi

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on McClellin:

Adam Jahns @adamjahns

#Bears LB Shea McClellin was wearing what looks like a brace on his right hand with protection over pointer and middle fingers.

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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 24

The Bears' official Twitter feed has an update on McClellin's status for Sunday's game:

Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears

Trestman says LB Shea McClellin will miss Sunday's game with hand injury.

Marc Trestman also spoke about McClellin's status, via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune:

Dan Wiederer @danwiederer

Marc Trestman says that LB Shea McClellin will not play this weekend vs. Packers. Week to week after that.

Updates from Monday, Sept. 22

Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald confirmed that Shea McClellin is out for Monday's game vs. New York:

Bob LeGere @BobLeGere

#Bears inactives: Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), Shea McClellin (hand), Matt Slauson (ankle), Roberto Garza (ankle), Sherrick McManis (quad)

Original Text

The Chicago Bears injury woes continue, as linebacker Shea McClellin reportedly suffered a hand injury during practice on Saturday.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns, McClellin won't be suiting up to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets after breaking his right hand.

WGN Radio's Adam Hoge provided a quote from McClellin on the injury:

Adam Hoge @AdamHoge

Shea McClellin has a broken hand. Said he heard “cracking.” When asked if he needs surgery, said: “I’m not sure. We’ll see.” #Bears

The ranks are quickly thinning in the Chicago Bears defense due to a recent spate of injuries. Jeremiah Ratliff suffered a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, while safety Chris Conte has been limited in practice with an injured shoulder, per the team's website.

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Star cornerback Charles Tillman was recently placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury.

McClellin's injury means the Bears now have key players missing at every level of the defense. The third year linebacker out of Boise State had five tackles and a sack over the course of the team's first two games this season. Chicago will have to rely on quarterback Jay Cutler and the offense to carry them through a difficult stretch of NFL action.

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