The Bears’ problems at tackle aren’t restricted to the right side. The health of starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod also has become worrisome.
Bushrod played every snap with the Bears’ first-team offense against the Bengals, but he’s been dealing with back issues since he rehabbed a disk problem in the offseason.
“I feel all right,” Bushrod said Saturday in Cincinnati.. “At the end of the day, if I’m out there, I’ve got to go out there and fight to get it done.
“I’m not 23 anymore. You know what I’m saying? I’m not 23 or 24 anymore like we all want to feel, but at the end of day, once you buckle up and strap up, you’ve got to find a way to go out there and get the job done.
“If not, than there’s thousands of people out there looking for a job. As long as I’m able to feel comfortable out there, I’m going to do it. “
Despite his back problems, Bushrod still fared better than his counterparts on the right side. Charles Leno Jr. and Jordan Mills both struggled with assignments, techniques and penalties on Saturday.
“You’ve to keep to grinding,” Bushrod said of Leno and Mills. “You’ve got to keep working on your craft. You’ve got to keep going out there and putting that extra work in.
“This ain’t easy. The NFL is not easy. It’s not an easy job. You’re not just going to wake up and think, ‘Oh my technique is better.’ Because it’s not.”
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