McPhee has completed his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, and just in time for Thursday's divisional matchup against the banged-up Packers. While the outside linebacker will be available, it's unclear what type of snap count he can handle in his season debut. However, he could get the start on the weak side if Leonard Floyd (calf) misses his third consecutive game.
That designation ensures that McPhee, the team's top prize in free agency last offseason, will be sidelined for at least the team's first six games while he recovers from the knee injury. McPhee has a history of knee issues and saw his snaps limited in the second half of his first season with the Bears to the same injury, so there's some justifiable concern that he may not be ready to go by Week 7. In the meantime, coach John Fox will look to projected starters Lamarr Houston and Willie Young along with rookie first-round pick Leonard Floyd to provide some pass rushing from the outside linebacker spots while McPhee is sidelined.
McPhee contended with a knee injury from Week 9 onward last year, missing two games while recording just one of his six sacks on the campaign the rest of the way. After the season, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee and proceeded to miss the entirety of the offseason program. On Wednesday, general manager Ryan Pace relayed that he's unsure if McPhee will take part in any preseason contests, which leaves his availability for Week 1 up in the air.
McPhee had arthroscopic surgery on his knee shortly after the 2015 season, and was not expected to be at full speed until training camp, so this isn't shocking news. However, having the outside linebacker at full strength for the regular season will be vital to the
Pernell McPhee (knee) may not be at full speed for the Chicago Bears ' April offseason program, but is expected to be fully ready for training camp, the Chicago Tribune reports.
McPhee had five sacks in the Bears first seven games last season before missing two games and missing significant snaps in the last six games he played due to the knee injury. If he can remain healthy in 2016, he should continue to not only pressure the quarterback, but also be an asset against the run.
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