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Bears players hope Shea McClellin’s injury isn’t serious

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Bears’ defense lost its voice on Sunday.

Linebacker Shea McClellin suffered a left knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in the second half of the Bears’ 18-17 victory against the Chiefs on Sunday. He was carted to the locker room and did not return.

McClellin left Arrowhead Stadium in a knee brace and was able to walk without assistance.

“I hope my boy Shea hurries up and gets healthy,” outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “He is our general of the defense. He makes all the calls. He makes all the adjustments. I just hope he’s healthy.”

LaRoy Reynolds, who was signed on Sept. 29, replaced McClellin, while Christian Jones handled the defensive calls.

“It sucked, man,” Jones said. “I hope he’s fine. He’s our general out there. … I had to step into a new role. I was a little nervous at first. I have to get to the point of spitting it out like Shea does.”

But Jones did well, his teammates said.

“He did real good,” defensive end Jarvis Jenkins said. “Even when Shea is in there, Christian is a really good communicator.”

Injury notes

Defensive lineman Eddie Goldman returned after his right ankle was tweaked by a low block late in the second quarter. But the Bears still X-rayed it to be safe.

“They said it’s good; it should be fine,” Goldman said. “Anytime you get injured it’s scary. But I did feel fine.”

>> Backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers injured his right elbow and did not return. His right arm was heavily wrapped and in a sling after the game.

>> Cornerback Terrance Mitchell suffered a hamstring injury and also did not return.

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