A severe left foot injury interfered with Khalil Mak’s Chicago Bears edge hockey for most of October. Now the Bears are assessing whether it is in the best interests of Mac and his team to slow down for a while.
Coach Matt Nage declined to confirm an NFL network report that said the team is seriously considering adding Mac to an injured reserve – a move in the squad that will incapacitate Mac at least until Thanksgiving.
“No decisions were made,” Nagy said. “We’ll just see how it all ends.”
Nagy later stressed that the team’s medical staff, front office and coaching staff would continue to assess Mac’s injury and overall mental health before making a decision.
Mac had a good season when the team scored six sacks at the start with a score of 3-4. But he was included in the injury report for a leg problem in week 4. This was due to the team’s 26-6 defeat to the Cleveland Browns. Since then, including Wednesday afternoon, Mac has missed 10 of his last 13 workouts, although he has only been able to participate three times on a limited basis.
So where do the Bears go next? If Mac decided to transfer Mac to IR, it would require him to miss at least three games, starting with Sunday’s home competition against the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, the Bears will have their week 10 open date between their away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 8 and their home game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 21.
Nagy said, “Mentally and physically you go through different stages, so we will have these discussions. We’re not there yet.
“But… we are at a point where it is really helpful for him to get as many answers as possible about where he is. I really love the fact that he hasn’t practiced for the last couple of weeks, but he was able to get out on game day and squeeze everything out of him, really put together some good games and made them. We need it. But at the same time, when you are in pain, you should be able to get answers. We are in this process now. ”