The Bears really didn’t need another injury at the outside linebacker position.
Aaron Lynch has not participated at all this preseason, and Leonard Floyd is already going into Week 1 with a fracture in his hand.
Chicago lost another one on Thursday when Kasim Edebali left the preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter. It was hard to see exactly what happened on the play, but he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg as he was carted to the locker room.
Brutal break for Kasim Edebali, who leaves on a cart after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter of the last preseason game.— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) August 31, 2018
Edebali had made a strong case to make the Bears’ 53-man roster. The veteran journeyman had been one of the team’s most consistent outside linebackers this preseason, and their lack of proven depth gave him the leg up over the competition.
General manager Ryan Pace was familiar with Edebali from their time together on the New Orleans Saints back in 2014, and they reunited in Chicago for a late signing in June.
At his best, Edebali had five sacks during the 2015 season, but he bounced around the league last year and was looking to find a new home in Chicago.
Depending on the extent of the injury, the Bears may only become more desperate for edge rushers. Rookie Kylie Fitts and second year undrafted free agent Isaiah Irving are the top healthy backups, and neither offers much regular season experience to fall back on.
It’s a tough situation for the player and the team moving forward.