The Chicago Bears placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the physically-unable-to-perform list on Saturday, meaning that McPhee will be out of the first six games at a minimum.
By: Peter Elliott – NFL, MLB, and NCAA writer – @PelliottSports
In compliance with slimming the roster down to 53, the decision to put McPhee on the PUP list was made following surgery in February to fix his left knee, an injury sustained during last season. McPhee underwent two arthroscopic procedures on his right knee in 2012 while with the Ravens, and missed four games that year, but did a good job as defensive role player under Dean Peas through 2014.
Chicago’s top edge rusher will join receiver Marquess Wilson on the PUP list, who is suffering from a foot injury, per Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com.
At 6’3, 273-pound the run-stopper has become a vital member of the Bears defense since joining the team last season. In 14 games last season, the 27-year-old racked up six sacks, 53 combined tackles, 42 of them solo, and one interception.
John Fox’s front seven won’t be completely shored up due to McPhee’s absence, as they have veterans Willie Young, Sam Acho, and Lamarr Houston, and 2016 first round pick Leonard Floyd who will likely form a formidable rotation.