As Bears offensive tackle Teven Jenkins tries to earn a spot, he has been delayed by what coach Matt Eberflus indicated is a relatively minor injury. Eberflus refused to specify what kept Jenkins out of his second consecutive practice Thursday, but described it as “day-to-day” as he works with the training staff.
Former Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded up to draft Jenkins at No. 39 overall last year with the expectation that he would be the team’s left tackle for the long term. That plan went off track quickly when Jenkins needed preseason back surgery, delaying his debut until December. He played six games, starting two.
When the Bears reset their franchise by hiring general manager Ryan Poles and Eberflus, Jenkins’ future got murkier. The team has been noncommittal about where he’ll play, and fifth-round pick Braxton Jones got significant first-team reps in the offseason.
In his only practice so far, Jenkins worked as a back-up tackle and extra blocker on certain plays.