Bears plan to get left guard Teven Jenkins back from injured reserve for Commanders game

Jenkins went on injured reserve before the season because of a right leg/foot injury.

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Teven Jenkins has played 19 of a possible 38 games since the Bears drafted him in the second round in 2021.

Teven Jenkins has played 19 of a possible 38 games since the Bears drafted him in the second round in 2021.

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The Bears still won’t have their full offensive line against the Commanders this week, but it should get a little better with the expected return of left guard Teven Jenkins.

Jenkins has been on injured reserve because of a right leg injury he suffered in August and is eligible to return now that he has missed four games. Coach Matt Eberflus said “everything looks good right now” for him to play Thursday.

They didn’t practice because it’s a short week, but estimated on their injury report that Jenkins would’ve been a full participant if they had.

Since making the move last year from tackle to guard, Jenkins has been one of the Bears’ best offensive linemen. Injuries have been an issue, though, and he has played just 19 of 38 possible games since the Bears drafted him in the second round in 2021.

In Jenkins’ absence, the Bears have played Cody Whitehair at left guard and Lucas Patrick at center. Whitehair was supposed to be at center with Patrick as a backup.

It’ll still be at least two more weeks before the Bears playing their intended starting five would be possible. Starting left tackle Braxton Jones is on IR with a neck injury and is eligible to return Week 7 against the Raiders.

Payton celebrates

Broncos coach Sean Payton had several interesting thoughts after winning at Soldier Field for the fifth consecutive time, dating to his tenure with the Saints.

“We’ve been in that locker room talking and listening to music,” reminisced Payton, who grew up in Naperville. “It’s nice when you come home and, even after so many years, win here.”

He referenced the Bears’ win over the Patriots last season as a big part of the Broncos’ preparation for quarterback Justin Fields because of the designed runs they used in that game.

“We wanted to make sure we were cage-rushing him and he had to beat us in the pocket,” Payton said “We felt like if we could keep him there, we would get an opportunity.

“Certainly that’s what happened in the last play where Kareem [Jackson] intercepted it. We had him right where we wanted him in the pocket.”

He also wasn’t overly impressed by his team beating the lowly Bears.

“I don’t want to sugarcoat anything: We’re going to play a lot better teams on our schedule — no disrespect to Chicago and Matt, what they’re trying to do,” Payton said. “I’m sure the feeling is the same [for them].”

Quick hits

The Bears estimated cornerback Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) and safety Eddie Jackson (foot), both of whom were out against the Broncos, wouldn’t have practiced Monday.

• Undrafted rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent jumped from third-string to backup for the Broncos game, leapfrogging Nathan Peterman by his performance in practice.

“He’s created that opportunity,” Eberflus said. “Really good with practice with what he has done so far.”

• The Bears have been working on tackling form with star linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, which is a concern specifically because he is 6-5. They want him to get lower on tackles and emphasize trying to strip the ball.

“It’s something that I’ve been obviously working on my whole career, just by being a taller guy,” Edmunds said. “I understand the challenges that come with that.”

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