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Bears considering closing Khaleel Mack due to left leg injury

CHICAGO – Chicago Bears edge rusher Khaleel Mack has been hit with a left leg injury for most of October. Now the Bears are assessing whether it might be in the best interest of Mack and the team to call things off a bit.

Coach Matt Nagy declined to validate a report from the NFL Network that suggested the team was seriously considering placing Mack on injured reserve, a roster move that would keep Mack out of action until at least Thanksgiving. Will keep it out

“Absolutely no decision has been taken,” Nagy said. “We’ll just see where it all ends.”

Nagy later emphasized that the team’s medical staff, front office and coaching staff would continue to assess Mack’s injury and his overall mental state before making any decisions.

Mack has had a bounce-back season, tallying six sacks during the team’s 3-4 starts. But he landed in week 4 with a problem with his foot on a report of injury. He was coming after the team’s 26–6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Since then, including Wednesday afternoon, Mack has missed 10 of the last 13 exercises, while only being able to participate on a limited basis three times.

So where do bears go from here? If they choose to transfer Mack to the IR, he will need to miss at least three games, starting with Sunday’s home competition against the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, the Bears will sandwich their Week 10 open date between a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 8 and a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 21.

Negi said: “Mentally and physically you go through different phases and so we will have those discussions. We are not there yet.

“But … we’re at a point where it’s really good for him to be able to get as many answers as possible from where he is. I really love the fact that he hasn’t practiced in the last few weeks But he’s able to get out there on game day and take it out and put together some really good games and get after that. We need it. But at the same time, when you’re having pain, So you have to be able to get answers. We’re in that process right now.”

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