Bears LB Jon Bostic forced to watch because of ‘multiple things’

SHARE Bears LB Jon Bostic forced to watch because of ‘multiple things’
SHARE Bears LB Jon Bostic forced to watch because of ‘multiple things’

BOURBONNAIS – Bears linebacker Jon Bostic is receiving a lesson in patience this year at training camp. The Bears are three days in, and he hasn’t done much at all.

And that’s for months.

“It is frustrating for me, but at the same time you got to patient, you got to trust your trainers, trust your coaches,” Bostic said Saturday after practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “When I’m ready and they feel I’m ready, I’ll be full-go.”

Bostic has been sidelined by what he called “multiple things.” It’s an injury that started in his shin and hip and moved into his back. Bostic wasn’t able to take part in coach John Fox’s first offseason program because of it. He said he didn’t have surgery and that it wasn’t a nerve issue.

“We were all good once we figured it out,” Bostic said. “It just took a little while to figure everything out.”

Bostic, meanwhile, seems to be falling behind in the competition at inside linebacker as the on-the-field work continues for Shea McClellin, Christian Jones and Mason Foster.

“For me, it’s about getting back and playing the game,” Bostic said. “I feel confident in my abilities once I get healthy, and I know where I’m at.”

In his second season last year, Bostic led the Bears with 127 tackles, according to coach reviews. But he also struggled at times with his responsibilities at “Mike” linebacker, including dropping into zone coverage.

Bostic said coordinator Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense, which will feature more man coverage, is what he is accustomed to after playing at Florida.

“We’re going to be a lot more aggressive this year,” Bostic said. “That’s the thing I love.”

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