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.
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