Bears G Nate Davis out vs. Buccaneers with personal issue

A source said Davis is dealing with a death in the family. Either veteran Dan Feeney or second-year lineman Ja’Tyre Carter is expected to replace Davis against the Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

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Bears guard Nate Davis warms up on the first day of training camp.

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TAMPA — Guard Nate Davis will not play against the Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Satdium because of what the Bears deemed is a personal issue. A source said Davis is dealing with a death in the family.

Either veteran Dan Feeney or 2022 seventh-round draft pick Ja’Tyre Carter is expected to replace Davis against the Buccaneers. Carter has been the back-up at right guard in the offseason and training camp and is listed second on the depth chart. Feeney, acquired in an Aug. 29 trade with the Dolphins for a sixth-round draft pick, has played six seasons in the NFL with 64 starts, but most of them are at left guard.

Davis missed the Sept. 7 practice with a personal issue, though he was present at Halas Hall and even spoke with — and hugged — coach Matt Eberflus while his teammates were on the field.

Davis returned to practice Sept. 8 and later played every snap in Sunday’s 38-20 loss to the Packers.

The Bears signed Davis to a three-year, $30 million contract in March. His Bears career has not gone smoothly. He missed most of the team’s voluntary workouts and then most of training camp practices.

General manager Ryan Poles said Aug. 30 that Davis’ frequent missed practices, which were attributed by Eberflus to injury, was “a combination of things.”

“I just feel like he’s in a better place now,” Poles said then.

Davis practiced all week but was not present in the locker room during the open media period.

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Thursday he was pleased with Davis’ stamina, given his absences.

“For Nate to not have as much practice experience as the other guys and for him to hang in there the whole game, I was really happy that he was able to do that,” he said.

Sandburg High School alum Dan Feeney, for whom the Bears sent the Dolphins a sixth-round pick late last month, figures to take his place at right guard. The Bears promoted Aviante Collins for offensive line depth.

The Bears also ruled out slot cornerback Josh Blackwell, one day after calling him doubtful because of a hamstring problem. Blackwell was supposed to start in place of cornerback Kyler Gordon, who went on injured reserve Thursday. Greg Stroman, who was promoted from the practice squad this week, figures to take his place.

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