Originally written August 17, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
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The Chicago Bears recently lost third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard for an undisclosed period after he suffered a fractured knuckle on his left hand during Thursday’s second preseason contest against the San Diego Chargers. Now minus a quarterback, Bears coach Mark Trestman told reporters – including Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago – that the team will look to work quickly to find a replacement. "I'm not sure about the time that he'll be out, but we're sitting here with two quarterbacks going into next week," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "Certainly that's something that we're gonna have to repair fairly quickly to get a third quarterback on the roster." Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed the report that the Bears have a need at quarterback, adding that it appears the team has signed Jordan Palmer. The #Bears have a need at QB now. I'm told they have signed QB Jordan Palmer with third-stringer Matt Blanchard breaking his hand. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2013 Blanchard had decent numbers in the preseason, and the second-year player was reportedly impressing coaches after spending much of the 2012 season on the Bears’ practice squad. While Chicago hasn’t said how long he’ll be out, you’d have to assume that his injury will endure through the start of the regular season. Chicago made headlines over the offseason by working out former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell. That session was said to have gone well, but a contract agreement was never reached. In addition to Russell, the Bears brought in Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer, and it appears they ultimately decided to go with Palmer, the least experienced of the trio. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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