- Eberflus mentioned Mooney is more likely to have surgical procedure on his ankle.
- Mooney is the Bears’ main receiver with 40 catches for 493 yards.
- Mooney’s ankle was rolled up on on the finish of a David Montgomery run within the third quarter of Sunday’s sport.
Mooney was unable to place any weight on his left leg when he left Sunday’s sport. The third-year receiver leads the Bears with 61 targets this season.
How large of a loss is Mooney?
This is a serious loss for the Bears’ receiving corps. Mooney has 16 extra catches and practically 300 extra receiving yards than the next-most productive wideout (Equanimeous St. Brown). He has the perfect rapport with Justin Fields, and as somebody who figures to be a foundational a part of the offense shifting ahead, the Bears would like to preserve seeing Mooney ascend. With a lot deal with Fields’ development over the ultimate month of the season, it should problem him to not have his No. 1 man. – Fishbain
When it involves staff morale, dropping Mooney is a intestine punch. Dating again to the NFL Scouting Combine, Mooney was the primary participant who was praised by common supervisor Ryan Poles. His work ethic received over the Bears instantly. “He is our leading receiver, but more importantly, he is a great teammate,” Eberflus mentioned. “He’s a great leader. No one puts more yards in than Darnell Mooney. I’ll promise you that. He laps people. He doubles them up.”
Chicago desires him to stay round after he recovers from his surgical procedure and begins his rehab course of. “He’s a great Bear, for sure,” Eberflus mentioned. Mooney’s teammates will persist with him. “I’m definitely going to keep his spirits up for sure,” tight finish Cole Kmet mentioned, “and I know he’s going to have a big comeback.” – Jahns
How will the Bears fill in for him?
The participant who ought to get probably the most targets shifting ahead is Chase Claypool. His enjoying time and utilization fee ought to’ve elevated no matter Mooney’s damage, however now he’s the man that Fields and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy ought to work to maintain getting concerned so the Bears know what they’ve in him, particularly contemplating what it price to accumulate Claypool — a second-round choose.
St. Brown, Dante Pettis and Byron Pringle could all see extra snaps, however these three are vets on one-year contracts. You’d prefer to see Claypool, rookie Velus Jones Jr., and former Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry get some extra seems in Mooney’s absence. Jones hasn’t been a lot of an element on offense apart from a gadget man, and Harry was a wholesome scratch this week. It’s price noting, although, that if Fields is most comfy with the vets, which may additionally take precedence. – Fishbain
What does the damage imply for Mooney’s future?
It’s clear that Mooney, a fifth-round choose from 2020, matches into the Bears’ future underneath Poles and Eberflus. But his damage actually muddies issues in relation to his subsequent contract. Next season shall be Mooney’s fourth within the NFL and in addition the ultimate certainly one of his rookie contract. – Jahns
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