LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears offensive set Jenkins laughed returned to training camp Saturday after missing seven straight practices with an undisclosed injury.
Jenkins, who is in a ramp-up period, only participated in individual drills. The second-year lineman would not disclose the details of his injury, including whether he was hurt during the team’s first practice July 27, whether he is still dealing with back problems after undergoing surgery last season and what is coming to her at the moment, but it is considered that he should. be at 100% full health in “a few days.”
“It feels really good and I don’t have any discomfort right now, so it’s really good,” Jenkins said after going through practice on Saturday. “If I had to give myself a percentage, probably about 90% and just working my body back into football to feel it back again and get back to that 100% of ‘this is football’ and ready to go.”
Jenkins said he has been in the training room for the past nine days and was away for a long time to “improve my health”.
Halas Hall was particularly notable amid trade rumors surrounding the second-round pick. Earlier in the week, Jenkins responded to fans on Twitter who were concerned about him “not believing everything you read” in light of reports of mutual dissatisfaction between the player and the franchise.
“Just one thing, mainly, I was fighting with coaches,” said Jenkins. “That wasn’t entirely true, and I just wanted to tell everyone that you don’t have to believe everything someone says. That’s the way it is.”
During the first week and a half of practice, coach Matt Eberflus refused to address the details of Jenkins’ absence and classified the tackle as “day-to-day.” Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Friday that Jenkins was present during staff meetings and “all in.”
Both Getsy and Eberflus say Jenkins is competing for a starting spot on the offensive line and have conveyed that message to the lineman.
“Really, the same as everybody: ‘Go out there and compete. Everything is open. Jump in,'” Eberflus said. “Like we said, he’s been great in meetings. He’s been very attentive. He’s paying attention. He’s been back at the walks watching the plays and understanding his role and the plays. So, he was it’s good.”
Former Bears general manager Ryan Pace drafted Jenkins 39th overall in 2021. After undergoing back surgery before his rookie season, Jenkins was limited to 157 snaps at left tackle last season.
Jenkins said he believes in the Bears organization and expects to be with the team during the regular season. “As for me, I’m a loyal person,” Jenkins said. “The Chicago Bears, they drafted me so I’m going to stay with the Chicago Bears until whenever it is.”
Jenkins replaced the left tackle in the fifth round rookie Braxton Jones during OTAs and was moved to right tackle on the second team. On the first day of training camp, Jenkins got reps at swing tackle and said he’s willing to move to scout guard.
“I’m happy to play wherever they want me,” said Jenkins. “I want to be here in Chicago so I’m playing wherever they need me to play.”
Jenkins’ return came on a day when Chicago finished its ninth practice of training camp down three of the top four receivers in the world.
N’Keal Harry suffered an ankle/left foot injury during the first game of team drills and had to be assisted off the field by the teams and trainers.
“I just saw him come down,” Eberflus said. “I saw the play and I don’t really know far from it. We are going to do the evaluation and then when I get that, we can get it back to you. And if it is a situation longer, we’ll let you know what it is. If it’s day to day, we’ll say that too.”
Byron Pringle and rookie Velus Jones Jr. non-participants on Saturday as well. According to Eberflus, Pringle, one of the Bears’ top free agent signings, has a quad injury and has no timetable for a return, although the team is hopeful his injury won’t keep him out for the regular season.
“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so,” Eberflus said. “It’s longer than day to day, so that’s all I can say, but no real timetable to return. But we’re hopeful that it’s a good situation for us.”
Jones Jr. “day to day,” according to Eberflus, who addressed concerns about the team’s wide receiver depth after being without three players in line for the No. 1 wide receiver role. 2 and No. 3.
“Yeah, you always worry about that,” Eberflus said. “You know, during camp when you have this 90-man roster and guys go down with soft-tissue stuff or whatever it might be, you put workloads on other guys. And those other guys have a chance. They have more reps, so you have to be mindful of that. And we were. We’re mindful of that.”