The Bears have lost the services of a player expected to help out opposite Julius Peppers on the defensive line, as defensive end Turk McBride has torn his Achilles tendon and will be out for the entirety of the 2013 season.
The 27-year-old was signed by the Bears this past offseason and was listed as a backup to Corey Wootton by Ourlads.com. His injury likely cements Wootton as the starter on the other side of Peppers, and means increased playing time for Shea McClellin. Also likely to receive increased reps are Cornelius Washington, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft out of Georgia, and Kyle Moore, who started seven games for the Buffalo Bills this past season.
McBride also possessed the ability to play defensive tackle, versatility the Bears clearly value, having played Israel Idonije in both slots and moved Henry Melton from end to tackle. The Bears let Idonije walk, much to the chagrin of Windy City Gridiron.
McBride, a second-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, has played six years between the Chiefs, Lions, and most recently the Saints. He was most prolific in Detroit, recording five sacks and three forced fumbles in 2010. He fell out of the rotation somewhat in New Orleans, playing 15 games across two years with two sacks, none in his seven games last year.
Since McBride's contract is only for one year, he might never play a game in Chicago. Achilles tears tend to have somewhat of a freak nature, and often feature long, difficult recovery periods.