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Season over: Bears OLB Leonard Floyd heads to injured reserve

Leonard Floyd is out for the season. (Getty Images)

The Bears put outside linebacker Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday, officially ending his second NFL season after 10 games.

Floyd suffered sprained medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee when he collided with teammate Kyle Fuller while trying to make a tackle in the Bears’ 27-24 loss Sunday to the Lions.

Floyd finished the season with 33 tackles, 4½ sacks, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and nine tackles for loss, including a safety against the Vikings in Week 5.


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‘‘Obviously, the injury’s a setback, [but] I think he’ll recover,’’ coach John Fox said. ‘‘I thought he [took] a step as far as production, understanding the game, how he executed his position and his responsibility. So I saw good growth, both mentally and physically.’’

Jones up

Former Buccaneers linebacker Howard Jones was promoted from the practice squad to replace Floyd on the roster.

Jones, who was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent from Shepherd University in West Virginia in 2014, had five sacks and a forced fumble/recovery for a 43-yard touchdown in 12 games (five starts) for the Bucs in 2015.

He played eight games for the Bucs in 2016 before he suffered a knee injury and was put on injured reserve. The Bears signed him to the practice squad Oct. 6.

Injury update

Defensive end Akiem Hicks (knee) missed a second day of practice, but Fox was cautiously optimistic he will play Sunday against the Eagles.

‘‘He’s going to be OK, we think; I hate saying that,’’ Fox said. ‘‘We held him out today. [Guard] Kyle Long [finger] was limited. So we have to manage everybody.’’

Linebacker Danny Trevathan (calf), safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring) also didn’t practice. Long, receivers Dontrelle Inman (groin) and Josh Bellamy (concussion), tight end Dion Sims (illness), cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee) and guard Tom Compton (ankle) were limited.

Leno: No hard feelings

Offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. said he wasn’t sure if Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead stomped on the inside of his left ankle on purpose Sunday. He asked him after the play.

‘‘I was hot,’’ Leno said. ‘‘You could see me kick back a little bit. I asked him straight up, and he said, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that. I’m not a dirty player.’ I left it like that. I believe what he said.

‘‘I asked him man-to-man, and he told me it wasn’t on purpose. I’m going to stick with that.’’

The NFL said it was reviewing the play, which is standard.

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