News and Notes from Bears Family Fest 2016

News and Notes from Bears Family Fest 2016
The view of Soldier Field during Family Fest 2016 (Eli Hershkovich)

An injury, a brawl and a standout showing from the Bears’ top active wide receiver highlighted Family Fest 2016.

Starting with the most prevalent news regarding second-year center Hroniss Grasu. The Oregon product went down and had to be helped the sideline before being carted off to the locker room. Head coach John Fox called it a right knee injury that occurred in a non-contact drill. The Sun-Times confirmed that Grasu suffered a torn right ACL and will likely be out for the season, following an MRI on Saturday night.

That is tough news for Grasu, who appeared to be much stronger in his second season. He battled a neck injury for much of the season and a knee injury in Week 17 as he made eight starts as a rookie.

The Bears would likely move either second-round pick Cody Whitehair or free agent addition Ted Larsen to center with Grasu on the shelf. Larsen has experience there previously (11 starts including nine in 2012). Second-year man Cornelius Edison and undrafted rookie Dan Buchholz are a couple of options to compete.

Larsen has earned plenty of snaps with the first-team through camp so the transition won’t be tough, but the position is thinning out with Grasu now banged up. Veteran Amini Silatolu would be the top interior backup. He was just activated off the PUP this week.

As for other injury updates, Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Eddie Royal (concussion), Zach Miller (concussion) and Danny Trevathan (knee) all highlighted the inactives from Family Fest.

All out brawl

Ted Larsen hasn’t been afraid to mix it up in practices in his short time with the Bears. He did it again on Saturday as special teams linebacker Lamin Barrow and him went at it. Kyle Long came dashing off the sideline to dive into the pile that you see below, per WBBM’s Eli Hershkovich.

Although the scrums and physicality bring mental toughness to this group, enough is enough with these brawls. Larsen is a bruiser we get it. He doesn’t need to prove it anymore. Coach Fox wasn’t too pleased.

White shows up

Kevin White hit the Soldier Field grass for the first time as an active player. Yes, it was only a practice session, but it’s a big deal for the Bears’ top pick from a year ago.

With Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal banged up, White will get to show off his abilities with the first team throughout the preseason. However, I fully expect for the Bears to monitor his snaps.

Bonus tweet

This Jay Cutler is a jerk narrative needs to go away once and for all. Please.

Up next

The Bears have an off day on Sunday before holding two more practices in Bourbonnais on Monday and Tuesday. They break camp on Wednesday.

The preseason opener comes Thursday night against the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

More updates to come as John Fox and company try to turn things around in Chicago following a 6-10 season a year ago.

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