Chicago Bears left tackle Braxton Jones heads to IR

Chicago Bears offensive tackle Braxton Jones stretches before the Bears take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Aug. 13, 2022, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-14.

LAKE FOREST – Bears starting left tackle Braxton Jones is going on injured reserve with a neck injury, head coach Matt Eberflus announced Wednesday at Halas Hall.

Jones will miss at least four games. Jones played every offensive snap in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spoke with members of the media afterward. Eberflus said Jones came forward about the injury sometime after the game.

“We don’t have timetables on it right now,” Eberflus said.

Eberflus said third-year pro Larry Borom could take over the left tackle duties. Borom has started 17 games over the past three seasons and has played right and left tackle. Eberflus also noted that interior lineman Ja’Tyre Carter could move out to tackle.

Asked if rookie right tackle Darnell Wright, the No. 10 overall pick in this year’s draft, could move from right tackle to left tackle, Eberflus noted that they are considering that but that they would prefer not to move the rookie.

“When you’re working with a first-year player, a lot of times you like to leave them in the same spot,” Eberflus said. “But certainly that’s been in conversation.”

When you’re working with a first-year player, a lot of times you like to leave them in the same spot. But certainly that’s been in conversation.”

—  Matt Eberflus, Bears head coach on rookie RT Darnell Wright

The Bears are already without starting left guard Teven Jenkins, who will miss at least two more games because of a leg injury. Starting right guard Nate Davis missed Sunday’s game due to a personal reason, but he’s expected to be back this week, per Eberflus.

Injury report: Safety Eddie Jackson sat out practice Wednesday with a foot injury. Offensive lineman Lucas Patrick (illness) also sat out Wednesday.

Cornerback Josh Blackwell (hamstring) and receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) were limited participants.

Transactions: The Bears terminated the contract of backup quarterback Nathan Peterman on Wednesday. That leaves Justin Fields and Tyson Bagent as the only quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Peterman had been the No. 2 on the depth chart. Bagent was the surprise star of the preseason, but has been listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart during the regular season. Bagent has not played in the regular season.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for the Shaw Local News Network. He has covered the Bears since 2020. Prior to writing about the Bears, he covered high school sports for the Northwest Herald and contributed to Friday Night Drive. Sean joined Shaw Media in 2016.