Bears notes: LB Nick Kwiatkoski among the latest injury victims
TAMPA, Fla. — Starting for Jerrell Freeman, who tore his pectoral muscle in the season opener, Nick Kwiatkoski left in the first quarter with a pectoral injury. He’ll need further tests to evaluate the damage. Christian Jones replaced him in base coverage.
“We gotta see what’s wrong with Nick — it’s just assumptions right now,” Jones said. “If my name’s called, I’ll be ready.”
The Bears lost two guards: Tom Compton and, even more importantly, Pro Bowl player Josh Sitton.
Sitton left in the second half with what the team called a ribs injury. Compton, who started for Kyle Long for the second straight week, had a hip problem.
When Cody Whitehair moved to guard, center Hroniss Grasu entered his first regular-season game since 2015.
“It’s been a long time,” Grasu said.
Undrafted rookie receiver Tanner Gentry had two catches for 27 yards in his first career game — but was also flagged for unnecessary roughness on a kickoff return.
“I just blocked the guy late,” he said. “I didn’t see the signal for the touchback. I was just trying to play hard and make a block. I’ve got to be smarter.”
This and that
Receiver Markus Wheaton, recovering from pinkie surgery, was inactive. Cornerback Prince Amukamara and Benny Cunningham sat out with ankle injuries, too.
• Former Bears safety Chris Conte had seven tackles with one pass defended and an unnecessary roughness penalty.
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