It was reported by the Chicago Tribune today that Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin is dealing with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of his foot. It is an extremely painful injury.
“It was really painful," McClellin said after practice today. "It feels like needles in the bottom of your feet."
Yet McClellin said the injury, which happened earlier in the offseason, is a thing of the past.
"It started in February. I went in right away to see what it was and just got treatment, and it hasn’t affected anything," he said. "“It’s gone right now. I took care of it. It was small and gone, and I feel great right now.”
Julius Peppers dealt with plantar fasciitis all of last season, although his pain tolerance is apparently very high, as he led the team with 11.5 sacks in 2012. So even if McClellin does continue experiencing pain, it shouldn't be a problem going forward.
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