General manager Ryan Poles turned the Chicago Bears‘ five original draft picks into 11 after a bevy of Day 3 draft trades, which was the equivalent to buying more lottery tickets, essentially.
One of the players Poles took was Illinois offensive lineman Doug Kramer in the sixth round. The hope with Kramer was he’d come in and not only provide some young depth, but maybe even compete for a starting roster spot on the Bears offensive line.
Case in point: Kramer ran with the 1s after starting center Lucas Patrick went down a few weeks ago with a thumb injury.
Unfortunately, Kramer won’t be doing any of that and that’s because the Bears placed him on the injured reserve list Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune‘s Brad Biggs reported earlier that day the Bears were worried Kramer at some point suffered a Lisfranc injury, which would be a season-ending injury.
#Bears are concerned rookie center Doug Kramer suffered a Lisfranc injury. If so, would almost certainly be season ending.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 16, 2022
As of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like those worries have been validated.
It’s a big blow for the rookie, who played 48 snaps in the Bears’ 19-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. But it’s an even bigger blow to the Bears, who are currently without starting center Lucas Patrick. The former Green Bay Packer underwent surgery to repair an injured thumb a few weeks ago and is expected to be out for the entire preseason. He has a chance to be ready by Week 1.
Sam Mustipher was the starting center against the Chiefs, so he’ll continue to man the position until Patrick returns. In a subsequent corresponding move, the Bears signed center/guard Corey Dublin on Tuesday, as well.
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