Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin has missed the past two contests with a hamstring injury, time he says wasn’t well spent.
“It was extremely bad. Sitting out is terrible. It's the worst thing,” McClellin said today. “You just want to be out there with the guys helping out, especially if they're not doing too good. It's hard to watch. It was pretty disappointing. But it's a part of the game. Things happen and you've just got to adjust.”
McClellin was coming off a three-sack performance against the Green Bay Packers before injuring the hamstring in practice a few days later. Luckily for the defense, he says he’s ready to go for this week’s tilt against the St. Louis Rams.
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel 100 percent and ready to get back out there and help the guys out.”
The same can’t be said for Stephen Paea, who re-aggravated his turf toe injury and is week-to-week. Paea did not practice today and neither did Lance Briggs (shoulder) and Jay Cutler (ankle) both of whom have been ruled out. Cutler had his cast removed at some point the past two days and was wearing a brace on his ankle.
“He was out. He had a brace on. He had a very small brace on,” coach Marc Trestman said after practice. “He’s got the sprain, but there’s stability there, enough stability that they could take it off. Again, it’s day to day. We’re optimistic that it will stay that way but we’ll have to see.
Also sitting out were CB Isaiah Frey (hand) and S Craig Steltz (concussion). Frey was wearing a cast on his right hand, although Trestman believes he’ll play this weekend.
“Isaiah’s got a fracture in his hand,” said Trestman. “He’s got it casted up. It looks good. It looks like they’ll be able to cast it up [Sunday]. We’ll know more tomorrow. We’re really optimistic on his end.”
The prognosis for Paea isn’t as bright.
“He’ll be very questionable for the game on this toe that he has. It’s the same toe,” Trestman said. “He was in a boot today. We’ll see where he is in the next couple days. But I’m not optimistic about that one. It’s day to day.”
Steltz’ status will be decided later in the week.
“He ran around. He’s still going through the protocol,” said Trestman. “He looked good. He was extremely alive out there, but he did the walkthroughs, helped on the walkthroughs and jogged around.”
Limited in practice today were T Jordan Mills (quadricep) and DT Jeremiah Ratliff. Getting on the practice field is a positive sign for Ratliff, although Trestman doesn’t believe he’ll play this Sunday.
“Ratliff got some work. He’ll be a week-to-week thing but he got some reps in practice. It was good to see him out there moving around,” Trestman said. “I would not say that it would be this Sunday, and we’ll re-evaluate it next week. That could change, but to be fair with the situation, I would say that we’re still a little bit away.”
LS Patrick Mannelly practiced in full today and will be ready to go this weekend.
For the Rams, the following players did not practice today:
G Harvey Dahl (knee)
QB Brady Quinn (hip)
CB Cortland Finnegan (eye)
RB Chase Reynolds (knee)
Limited in practice were safeties Darian Stewart (foot) and Matt Giordano (thigh).
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