Who better to run the Bears while coach Matt Nagy is out sick than left tackle Jason Peters?
At 39 and playing in his 18th season of what likely will be a Hall of Fame career, he has the credentials and experience — he has actually been in the NFL longer than Nagy by four years — to handle things for a few days.
All right, that’s not what’s really happening at Halas Hall as Nagy stays away because he tested positive for the coronavirus, but Peters did provide an interesting injury update Tuesday.
The offensive line, which has been in question since the offseason, expects to get reinforcements soon. Peters revealed that right tackle Larry Borom is expected to begin his three-week practice window for the Bears to activate him from injured reserve, and fellow rookie tackle Teven Jenkins is “coming around in a couple more weeks.”
Teams typically don’t bring a player back for practice unless they believe he’d be ready that week, so Borom could be available Sunday against the 49ers. He has been out since spraining his ankle in the season opener.
As for Jenkins’ return, the Bears visit the Steelers on Nov. 8, then have a bye. Their first game out of the bye, home against the -Ravens, is nearly a month from now and more than three months from when he had back surgery.
“They’re asking questions all the time, and I help them out,” Peters said. “Just today Larry asked me, because he’s going to be back this week, to help him... I help both of those guys in the meeting room and on the field.”