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Coach: Bears’ injured Pernell McPhee ‘actually doing really well’

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee started training camp on the PUP list. (AP)

BOURBONNAIS — Even though Pernell McPhee hasn’t seen the practice field at training camp because of a knee injury, his position coach claims he’s “actually doing really well” with his rehab.

“He’s done great with getting his weight down and he’s trimming down even more, so he can play lighter,” outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt said Thursday after practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “Take some of the stress off his lower body. And he’s been working hard in his rehab. We’re just being patient with everything as he’s making his road back to recovery.”

McPhee had offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and started camp on the physically unable to perform list so the Bears could monitor it going forward.

“It’s a concern, for sure, but until I see him out on the field I’m really not thinking about it as much,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.

Fangio said that, once McPhee is cleared, the coaching staff will need to see “if he’s able to protect himself” and “play with the kind of movement he needs to play with.”