The Chicago Bears announced today that ILB Danny Trevathan has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Trevathan ruptured his patella tendon in his right knee during yesterday's 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
"He's obviously a very talented player, one that we targeted and went after," head coach John Fox said today. "Unfortunately he did have that thumb injury that required surgery earlier in the season. He looked very good in all the off-season work, even in training camp, unfortunately this happened to him, it was a semi-contact injury, kind of behind the ball, he planted wrong and the injury occurred. He'll fight back, he's been through it before. Had a similar injury a couple years ago that he worked through and he'll do the same off of this one."
Trevathan had the same injury in his left leg under Fox in 2014. Typical recovery time for a torn patella tendon is 6-9 months, and potentially up to a year. Yet Fox said he doesn't think it will take Trevathan that long to recover.
“Having been through it before with him on the other knee, I think it’s something that our docs will do a good job and he’ll do a good job in his rehab," said Fox. "I can’t give you an exact timeline, but I don’t think it’ll set him too far back for next season.”
Trevathan is the 15th Bears player to land on IR this season, which is second most in the NFL.
The Bears signed Trevathan (26 years old) to a four-year free-agent deal this off-season. He played under Fox in Denver and won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2015. Trevathan is currently second on the team with 66 total tackles.