Bears to look into why team suffered so many injuries in 2016
Ryan Pace knows the Chicago Bears need to address their injury woes this offseason.
On occasion during the 2016 season, the injury report for the Chicago Bears seemed to be longer than the list of players actually participating in practice.
The Bears ended the year with a staggering 19 players on injured reserve—the most in the NFL—and that is something that has been weighing on the mind of general manager Ryan Pace.
"I've been thinking about that constantly," Pace said Wednesday. "It was a significant thing for us. I think the wrong thing to do is to put our heads in the sand and say, 'Oh man, it was bad luck. Maybe better luck next year.' We're not going to do that."
Chicago dealt with a lot of concussions and broken bones, but what should worry the organization was the amount of soft-tissue issues the team struggled with throughout the season. Concussions and broken bones are not preventable, but soft-tissue injuries can be mostly prevented with proper training.
"We're going to research and analyze," Pace said. "We have meetings set up. We're going to look at other teams, other sports, everything from the training room to the strength-and-conditioning room to what we do on the field, practice schedules; everything's going to be analyzed."
The Bears had to place starters Jay Cutler, Kyle Long, Kevin White, Zach Miller, Lamarr Houston and Danny Trevathan at some point during the season, drastically changing the course of the team this season.
Not all of Chicago's issues were based off the amount of injuries it suffered, but they did play a big role in the demise of the team in 2016.
Pace has said it will be something the team needs to work on this offseason, but it will be up to the players to put in the work in order to stay healthy in 2017.
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