Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton exited last
night’s preseason opener due to injury, and he wasn’t able to return after
being diagnosed with a concussion. Head coach Marc Trestman shared the news
with reporters – including Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago – following the game.
"Henry has a concussion and he'll be in a NFL
concussion protocol situation right now and will be day-to-day," Bears
coach Marc Trestman said.
While Trestman lists Melton has day to day, the defensive lineman
will have to pass four stages of concussion testing before he’s cleared to
resume full-contact football activities. Melton isn’t likely to be cleared this
week, as wide receiver Earl Bennett continues to recover from a concussion
sustained last weekend.
Melton was big for the Bears last season, accounting for 33
tackles and six sacks while clogging up the middle. As a result, Chicago used
their franchise tag on him following his Pro Bowl season. Melton was replaced
by Nate Collins after exiting with the head injury.
Beyond Melton, Chicago’s long-snapper Patrick Mannelly and
fullback Harvey Unga suffered rib injuries during the game.
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