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Bears’ guard Josh Sitton expected to be out with an ankle injury

16 October 2016: Chicago Bears Running Back Jordan Howard (24) and Chicago Bears Offensive Guard Josh Sitton (71) high five after Howard scores a touchdown on a one yard run in the 2nd quarter during an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire)
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Chicago Bears’ guard Josh Sitton has an injured ankle, and it appears he’s going to miss some time. The Bears will likely go with either Ted Larsen, who came in for him when he got hurt against the Jaguars, or with Eric Kush.

This is a real blow to the Bears, who were just getting their offensive line straightened out, especially since the injury happened so close to the end of the game. Injuries are never good, but there’s something about losing a player when he almost made it through the week that makes it sting just a bit more.

It also hurts because Sitton was coming off his best game of the year. Pro Football Focus rating him and Kyle Long as the best two offensive players on Sunday, writing:

“The top grades for the Bears certainly don’t come from the flashier positions, but former first-round pick Kyle Long and late preseason pick-up Josh Sitton performed well on the offensive side for Chicago. Long had a clean sheet, with no pressures allowed, and Sitton recorded a game-high run-blocking grade of 81.9.”

The Bears are used to injuries slowing down their offensive production, though. In the last two years, those injuries have been largely at the skill positions, with QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, and WR Kevin White all missing significant time. This injury on the line is going to make it even harder for them to compete, and they’re really going to have to embrace the next-man-up philosophy.

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