Bears add Cole Kmet to list of injured players

The Bears watched another cornerstone player leave practice with an injury.

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Bears tight end Cole Kmet catches a pass.

Bears tight end Cole Kmet catches a pass in the season finale in January.

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Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has emerged from a trainer’s room that’s growing more crowded by the day. The Bears’ $72 million man was back on the practice field Wednesday exactly three weeks after he left it — and then watched another Bears cornerstone leave practice with an injury.

Tight end Cole Kmet, whom the Bears signed to a four-year, $50 million extension last month, walked to a cart during practice and took a ride in the high heat from the Walter Payton Center back to Halas Hall. Neither coach Matt Eberflus nor any Bears assistant was available to comment after practice.

“Obviously, it’s a situation that you don’t necessarily want to be in,” Edmunds, who declined to detail his issue, said of the Bears’ rash of injuries. “But I think when you are in that situation, you can find out more about your team and more about your depth. Find out more about different things that you couldn’t predict from the start of the season.”

The Bears could form a solid lineup just from the list of players absent Wednesday:

† The safety tandem of Eddie Jackson, who has the second-highest cap hit on the team, and 2022 second-round pick Jaquan Brisker.

† Wide receivers Chase Claypool, Velus Jones and Dante Pettis.

† Offensive linemen Darnell Wright, the first-round pick who wore an ankle wrap during the photography portion of practice; Teven Jenkins, a 2021 second-round pick; Nate Davis, who got a three-year, $30 million deal this offseason; and Lucas Patrick.

† Edge rushers Yannick Ngakoue, who got a one-year, $10.5 million deal this month; DeMarcus Walker, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract in March; and Rasheem Green.

Others who didn’t practice include tight end Marcedes Lewis, running back Trestan Ebner, cornerback Josh Blackwell, linebacker DeMarquis Gates, linebacker Dylan Cole and wide receiver Joe Reed.

Of the aforementioned players, Jenkins is the most likely to miss the start of the season because of a leg injury.

The Bears say it’s not time to panic — yet. The season opener is in 2½ weeks.

“I’ve seen these types of things happen,” running back D’Onta Foreman said. “But they always roll back around, and things are going to end up being fine.”

Edmunds can go a long way toward making it so. He’s still ramping up in practice but says he’ll be ready for Week 1.

“Each day I’ve taken steps in a positive direction,” he said.

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