Bears notebook: Leonard Floyd hampered by club
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Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd had a tough assignment against the Packers in Week 1. Not only was he often facing second-team All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, but he was doing so with a club on his broken right hand.
‘‘He held his own,’’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.
Left unsaid was that Floyd is expected to do more than hold his own, even against an elite offensive tackle. He finished with two tackles and one tackle for loss. He also affected the play on which outside linebacker Khalil Mack stripped the ball from backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, driving Bakhtiari toward Kizer to help set up Mack.
But it wasn’t vintage Floyd. As a rookie, Floyd sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice at Lambeau Field, including a strip sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Last season, he sacked Rodgers on a third-down play to force a punt when the game was still in reach.
Fangio doesn’t make excuses, but he acknowledged Floyd was limited by the club.
‘‘Oh, for sure. There’s no way around it,’’ Fangio said when asked about it Friday. ‘‘Try to type on your computers there with one hand instead of two. You’ve got your head in the sand if you don’t think that affects a guy’s play.’’
Floyd’s effectiveness bears watching Monday against the Seahawks. It might force Fangio to go to Plan B, with Sam Acho or Aaron Lynch getting more snaps in place of Floyd. Floyd played 46 of 60 defensive snaps, Lynch 21 and Acho 11 against the Packers.
Floyd said he didn’t notice the club as he was playing.
‘‘It didn’t affect how I played because I played as hard as I could,’’ Floyd said. ‘‘I didn’t notice it. I was just playing football.’’
As for his production?
‘‘I did pretty good,’’ Floyd said. ‘‘Some plays I wish I could take back. But on to the next [game].’’
The Bears will go into the game Monday at nearly full strength, a notable achievement even in Week 2. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) and nickel back Bryce Callahan (knee) practiced fully Saturday and are probable. Reserve safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (arm) is out.
Wagner, Wright out
The Seahawks are not as fortunate. Linebackers Bobby Wagner (groin) and K.J. Wright (knee) and receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) are out. Cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring), guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and reserve safety Delano Hill (hamstring) are doubtful. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (thigh) is questionable.
Trubisky on ‘Family Feud’
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will appear on ‘‘Celebrity Family Feud’’ at 7 p.m. Sunday on Ch. 7. He is participating with other 2017 NFL rookies in a charity game against a team of NFL veterans.