By Nick Shook
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As if things couldn’t get any bleaker for the Bears in 2016, the latest news shows it can and has indeed worsened.
Head coach John Fox said Monday that linebacker Danny Trevathan, one of Chicago’s big offseason signings, suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee, ending his first season in the Windy City. Trevathan, who will be placed on injured reserve, suffered the injury during the Bears’ 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
It’s the latest blow to a team that has been walloped by injuries and suspensions, as the Bears continue their slog to a merciful end to the 2016 campaign.
Elsewhere in injury news on Monday:
1. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said cornerback Patrick Peterson is dealing with soreness, but didn’t sustain any structural damage to his knee in a 38-19 loss to Atlanta. Arians added that running back David Johnson suffered a dislocated finger but is OK.
2. The Vikings listed quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle) as a limited participant in practice. In addition, wide receiver Stefon Diggs (knee), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip) and cornerback Terence Newman (neck) were also limited. Center Joe Berger (concussion) didn’t practice.
5. Safety Barry Church (forearm) returned to Cowboys practice for the first time in nearly a month on Monday. J.J. Wilcox sat out of practice with a thigh contusion.
6. Panthers center Ryan Kalil remained in Charlotte over the weekend to continue rehabilitating his shoulder injury while the team played on the road against the Oakland Raiders, coach Ron Rivera said.
8. Quarterback Cody Kessler (concussion) was cleared of the concussion protocol and returned to practice on Monday for the Browns. The news wasn’t as good for offensive lineman John Greco, who was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.
9. Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn is believed to have sufferd a sprained MCL in his knee, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Clayborn will undergo tests Tuesday, but the injury should keep him out for a few weeks.
Fellow linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter Monday night and is questionable to return against the Eagles.