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Bears place OLB Pernell McPhee on PUP list

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee. (AP)

BOURBONNAIS — The Bears will be one star player short when practices begin for training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of his bothersome left knee, general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday. McPhee can be activated at any time, but Pace said it’s too early to say if he will play in the preseason.

McPhee underwent arthroscopic surgery in February. He worked out at Halas Hall during the offseason program, but did not take part in any on-the-field practices during organized team activities and minicamp.

The Bears will be very cautious with McPhee, who was signed to a five-year, $38.75 million contract last year. His knee ailment is not considered serious, but it will require maintenance.

McPhee was in the middle of a breakout campaign last season when his knee started to slow him down. He missed two games because of it.

Despite his injury, McPhee still made a dramatic impact on the defense. He helped change its attitude with his no-nonsense demeanor. And he produced, finishing with six sacks, 25 pressures, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception.

Receiver Marquess Wilson and guard Amini Silatolu also were placed on the PUP list.

Wilson broke his left foot during the first day of minicamp and underwent surgery. Wilson reported to camp wearing a walking boot.

Silatolu, a recent signing, is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season with the Panthers.