NFL: Blow for Bears as no return for Mack

20 November 2021 22:08:12 GMTPlus11
Bears rocked by Mack blow

The Chicago Bears' dwindling playoff hopes have been dealt a blow with the news that star pass rusher Khalil Mack is to undergo season-ending foot surgery.

The Bears, who are 1/1 on the Money Line to overcome the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, have lost their last four games with Mack absent from the last two.

Season over for Mack

The former Las Vegas Raiders linebacker, who joined the Bears in a blockbuster trade back in 2018, was listed as questionable on Chicago's injury report going into the Week 7 clash with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.

He finished the game, a 38-3 blowout, with only one registered tackle and was ordered to rest in a bid to get the injury to heal naturally. 

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But on Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Mack, who has compiled six sacks, 19 tackles, and 22 total QB pressures in seven games this season, was to be placed on injured reserve.

Nagy outlines plans moving forward

Bears coach Matt Nagy later confirmed plans for the procedure, which will take place next week.

"With him, it's been the last several weeks just trying to get right. We did everything as far as trying to attack it the right way with him," Nagy said, via nfl.com. "He's put in a lot of time and energy in trying to get back and see where things are at. But this is where we're at."

"I know he's frustrated because he's such a competitor...but this is the best thing for him and the best situation to be able to help him out and get it fixed."

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