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Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan done for season with ruptured patellar tendon

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan done for season with ruptured patellar tendon

The Bears’ 2016 injury situation took another dire turn Sunday when linebacker and defensive co-captain Danny Trevathan went down in the closing minutes with what coach John Fox said is a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.

Trevathan, a primary Bears target in this year’s free agency, had to be helped off the field and was transported via cart under the stadium. The injury finishes a painful year for the inside linebacker who led the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos in tackles before signing a four-year contract worth $24.5 million, of which $12 million was guaranteed, on March 9.

“He's obviously a very talented player, one that we targeted and went after,” Fox said on Monday. “Unfortunately he did have that thumb injury that required surgery earlier in the season. He looked very good in all the offseason work, even in training camp.

“Unfortunately this happened to him, it was a semi-contact injury, kind of behind the ball, he planted wrong and the injury occurred. He'll fight back, he's been through it before. Had a similar injury a couple years ago that he worked through, and he'll do the same off of this one.”

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Trevathan had what was reported as a dislocated left patellar tendon in 2014, which ended that season for him. That came after two separate fractures in the left knee area.

Depending on the outcome of surgery and the overall severity of this latest injury, Trevathan’s future might be uncertain. Former Bears wide receiver Wendell Davis ruptured his patellar tendons during a game on the notoriously dangerous artificial turf at Veterans Stadium in a 1993 game against the Eagles and took the next year off to rehab but was unable to play again.

This marks the second year in which the Bears have been struck with an injury to their No. 1 target in free agency. Last year it was linebacker Pernell McPhee, who was slowed and eventually sidelined by knee issues, required offseason surgery and did not return until the team's seventh game of this season.

Are expectations too high for Bears WR Allen Robinson?

Are expectations too high for Bears WR Allen Robinson?

Allen Robinson was signed in free agency to become the alpha dog of the Chicago Bears' wide receiver corps. The three-year, $42 million contract that general manager Ryan Pace signed him to is proof of how high expectations are for the fifth-year pro.

Robinson isn't coming to Chicago with a flawless resume, however. His massive breakout year in 2015 (1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns) was followed by a pedestrian 883 yards in 2016 and a torn ACL in Week 1 last year. That begs the question: Is the forecast for Robinson's impact in 2018 too high right now?

According to Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar, the answer is yes. Robinson was named as the Bear most likely to disappoint this season.

Robinson practiced for the first time since the injury during the Bears' May minicamp, but it's safe to say Chicago isn't sure what it has in Robinson. If he gets back to his 2015 numbers, that would be huge for the Bears' passing offense, but given his 2016 regression and the specter of the 2017 injury, that's a tough bet.

Robinson will have an impact that goes beyond the traditional box score, and it will happen this season. Is he a lock to reach 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns? No, but his presence on the field will be enough to see a return on investment. The Bears haven't had the kind of threat he poses to defenses in several seasons, and his ability to pull a defensive coordinator's attention away from the running game will do wonders for Chicago's offensive output.

Determining whether Robinson is a disappointment in 2018 will depend on who's evaluating his season. Sure, he may disappoint in fantasy football circles if he doesn't re-emerge as a game-changing stat monster. But if he makes the Bears offense a more well-rounded and productive group, he'll live up to the expectations set by Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

As long as Robinson is pleasing Pace and Nagy, nothing else really matters.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.